Wonders of Technology - PHYS 107

Spring 2008


VCU Honor System

Please read the VCU Honor System statement located at: http://www.students.vcu.edu/rg/policies/honor.html

Clear and convincing evidence of honor system violations in this class will result in the submission of formal written charges to the Office of Judicial Affairs & Academic Integrity. Under these circumstances the instructor does not give warnings or ask students for explanations.

Accommodations for the Disabled

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires VCU to provide an "academic adjustment" and/or a "reasonable accommodation" to any individual who advises us of a physical or mental disability. If you have a disability that requires an academic adjustment or accommodation, please arrange a meeting with the instructor as soon as possible. Additionally, if your course work requires you to work in a lab environment, you should advise the instructor or department chairperson of any concerns you may have regarding safety issues related to your limitation(s). Please contact the appropriate Coordinator of Service for Students with Disabilities to obtain an official memo detailing the academic adjustments or accommodations which you need.

Student Conduct

Students should familiarize themselves with the guidelines for appropriate student conduct as outlined in the VCU 2006-2007 Resource Guide. During class it is expected that inappropriate electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) are turned off.

What to Know and Do To Be Prepared for Emergencies at VCU

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2. Know the safe evacuation route from each of your classrooms. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in on-campus classrooms.

3. Listen for and follow instructions from VCU or other designated authorities.

4. Know where to go for additional emergency information (http://www.vcu.edu/alert).

5. Know the emergency phone number for the VCU Police (828-1234). Report suspicious activities and objects.


General and Announcements

Features and Requirements of the Course

Schedule of Activities

Weekly Homework

Information on the Term Project

Note to the students:

It is your responsibility to be familiar with all the details regarding the handling of the course. Make sure you examine them carefully before your first day of classes.  

You are responsible for all announcements made on the web, during lecture, and during studio. These announcements will include any schedule changes and assignments.

The webpage of the course is an integral part of the course. It is your responsibility to access it regularly in order to get all the relevant information as the semester progresses.

General and Announcements

Instructor: V. Adam Niculescu 

Office: Oliver Hall - Physics, room 2008.

Office hours:  Monday: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Oliver Hall - Physics, 2008,

Other times by appointment


e-mail: vanicule@vcu.edu

Note: When sending an e-mail, please write in the subject line:

                                                   Phys107 spring 2008

Due to the very high volume of spam e-mail, only the e-mail with the above subject line will be checked and replied to.

I check my e-mail Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Course Web Page: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~vnicule/index.html

The course consists of lecture and studio. They are to be taken together the same semester.

The lecture will be held as follows:

                    Sections 002- 010: Monday 12:00 – 12:50 PM, LFSC0151

                    Sections 902 – 904: Monday 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Temple 1165

The studio will be held in Temple 3316.

The studio instructors and the sections their will be in charge for are listed below:


Pat Goolsby: pgoolsby@vcu.edu

Bill Geiszler: wageiszler@vcu.edu 

George Reid: gbreid@vcu.edu

Pat Fishback: pdfishback@vcu.edu

Al Opengart: aopengart@vcu.edu

Frank Kane: frkane@comcast.net







 9:00 - 11:55 AM

004 - Reid 007 - Fishback 010 - Opengart

12:00 – 2:55 PM

002 - Goolsby 005 - Reid 008 - Fishback 904 - Opengart

  3:00 – 5:55 PM

003 - Goolsby 006 - Geiszler 009 - Kane


  6:00 – 8:55 PM

902 - Geiszler 903 - Kane


What you will need for the course:

The textbook: Wonders of Technology, Fourth Edition, by Adam Niculescu, Kendall Hunt, ISBN #  978-0-7575-3863-6

The studio manual: Wonders of Technology, Peter Martin.

A CPS keypad (see instructions below)

A notebook


Note: During the classes (lecture and studio) all cell phones should be turned off.


The CPSOnline information

During the lecture, after a major point is covered or reviewed, a question about that point will be displayed and you will be asked to use your CPS keypad to respond. Remember:

Buy a CPS keypad from the VCU Bookstore.

Register your clicker through CPSOnline. (Please see the instructions in the link - use only the ones for CPSOnline - do not register through Blackboard!):

CPS instructions.pdf

The class key is K35426G336

Bring your keypad to every lecture!

CPS - users guide and troubleshooting can be accessed at: