University of California, Berkeley


Physics Physics 8A: Introductory Physics
Section 1, Spring 2007
Instructor: Yury Kolomensky



Course Description
Syllabus
Online Homework (WileyPlus)
Question of the Week
Problem of the Week
Feedback Form
Grade Query




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May 24, 2007 Final grades have been posted to BearFacts, and your full grade information is available in the Grade Query page. You can see the distribitions of the exam and grade scores here. Thank you for your effort this semester, and have a great summer !

Jan. 16, 2007 (updated May 13, 2007) In the spirit of full disclosure, and to encourage you to work on extra problems during the semester, here is a sample of exams I have given to your fellow students in the past (examples are from Physics 8A, Fall'05): MT1, MT2, Final. Here are the solution sets: MT1 (2005) Solution, MT2 (2005) Solution. FINAL (2005) Solution.

May 5, 2007 (updated May 12, 2007) Here is the practice problem set for the Final Exam and solutions. Also review the midterms and practice problems sets, and see the links to the Problems of the Week, and the previous exams on the bottom of this page.

May 9, 2007 The solution manual for the Assignment 12 is available

May 4, 2007 The solution manual for the Assignments 9-11 (problems from Chaps. 15-18) is available here.

Apr. 30, 2007 (updated May 14, 2007) There will be two review sessions for the final exam:
  • Sat 5/12, 9:30-12:30 in 145 Dwinelle with Head GSI Chris Hogue: Physics 8a in 3 hours
  • Mon 5/14, 10:30-12:30 in 1 Pimentel with GSI Brian Shotwell (see problems and solutions)
I will also host a Q&A Session on Wed, 5/9/07 10:00-12:00 in 1 Pimentel.

Apr. 30, 2007 Just a reminder: the Final Exam will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 5-8pm in the Wheeler Auditorium. Please bring your CalID. You are allowed 3 (three) double-sided (front and back) 8.5x11" pages of notes, and any calculator. Cell phones may not be used. Blue books not required. Please remember your D/L Section number. Good luck !

Apr. 17, 2007 Here is the distribution of scores for Midterm 1 and the cumulative scores. In the latter plot, approximate grade boundaries are also given, assuming your score on the Final will be the same as the average of MT1 and MT2, and assuming you receive perfect scores for the Homeworks, Labs, and Quizzes. HW, Labs, and Quizzes make up 35% of the grade (see class description). Take these as a rough guide only. Your real grade may vary depending on your performance in the rest of the course.

Apr. 13, 2007 If you lost 2 pts on MT2 problem 1, question 2 (hoop, disk, sphere), please talk with your GSI

Apr. 13, 2007 Sound lab has been moved to next week (week of 4/16). Make sure you come to the lab sections next week !

Apr. 9, 2007 Solutions to MT2 are available. You will be able to get back your midterms during your first discussion section this week. GSIs will give you time to inspect your graded work, and will instruct you on how to request a regrade, if necessary. Any regrade requests will have to be turned in class.

Apr. 4, 2007 The solution manual for the Assignment 8 (problems from Chaps. 11,12,14) is available here.

Mar. 21, 2007 (updated Apr. 4, 2007) There will be two review sessions for the first midterm. NOTE: They are RIGHT after Spring Break!!! Both reviews will be held in Pimentel. Each GSI will work on different problems, so you are encouraged to attend both sessions. will simply work them out.

Mar. 21, 2007 (updated Mar. 31, 2007) Here is the practice problem set for MT2, and the solutions. Also see links to the Problems of the Week, and the previous exams below.

Mar. 21, 2007 MT2 will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2007, 6-8pm. Please bring your CalID. You are allowed 1 double-sided 8.5x11" sheet of notes, and any calculator. Cell phones may not be used. Blue books not required. Please remember your D/L Section number. Location of the exam is determined by your last name:
  • A-Sn: 1 Pimentel
  • So-Z: 2 LeConte
Mar. 21, 2007 The solution manual for the Assignments 6-7 (problems from Chaps. 4,6,8-11) is available here.

Mar. 20, 2007 By popular demand, I am posting the distribution of scores for Midterm 1. Also shown are approximate grade boundaries, assuming your score on Midterm 2 and the Final will be the same, and assuming you receive perfect scores for the Homeworks, Labs, and Quizzes. HW, Labs, and Quizzes make up 35% of the grade (see class description). Take these as a rough guide only. Your real grade may vary depending on your performance in the rest of the course.

Mar. 4, 2007 Solutions to MT1 are available. You will be able to get back your midterms during your first discussion section next week. GSIs will give you time to inspect your graded work, and will instruct you on how to request a regrade, if necessary. Any regrade requests will have to be turned in class.

Feb. 27, 2007 Just a reminder: MT1 will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, 6-8pm in the Wheeler Auditorium. Please bring your CalID. You are allowed 1 double-sided 8.5x11" sheet of notes, and any calculator. Cell phones may not be used. Blue books not required. Please remember your D/L Section number. Good luck !

Feb. 25, 2007 I will hold additional office hours on Monday, Feb. 26 1-3pm. I will also be available after the lecture on Monday, and in my regular office hours on Wednesday (though you would probably be better served by taking an hour or so to relax before the exam, than trying to cram the last bits of information in).

Feb. 24, 2007 The solution manual for the Assignments 1-5 (problems from Chaps. 1-8) is available here. Note: it is a large file (2 MB).

Feb. 16, 2007 Here is the practice problem set for MT1, and the solutions.

Feb. 14, 2007 There will be three review sessions for the first midterm: All three reviews will be held in Pimentel. Each GSI will work on different problems, so you are encouraged to attend as many as you can.
NOTE: Each GSI's review problems will be posted here around Feb 21. It is in your best interest to work on these problems BEFORE going to the review session. You will not be given time to work on them during the review...the GSIs will simply work them out.

Jan. 20, 2007 There is a Feedback link on the top of the page. Use it to submit comments about any aspect of the course or ask questions. You can do so anonymously if you wish.

Jan. 20, 2007 The first Problem of the Week is posted.

Jan. 19, 2007 We have posted a preliminary schedule of the GSI office hours. It's also linked to the Course Description page.

Jan. 18, 2007 The first quiz (for the lecture on 01/19/2007) and the first graded homework assignments are posted on the WileyPlus page.

Jan. 12, 2007 Please see instructions for registering for the online homework site (WileyPlus) here. You can also click on the Homework link on the top of the page to be directed to WileyPlus.

Jan. 11, 2007 Welcome to the Physics 8A web page !


Physics 8A, Spring 2007.
MWF 3:00-4:00, 1 Pimentel.

Yury G. Kolomensky
yury(at)physics.berkeley.edu
UCB Campus: 301F LeConte, (510)642-9619
LBNL: 50A-2158, (510)486-7811