Physics Modules Available |
Signing Up for a Module
How to Complete a Module
Module exams will be given on *only* three days each semester:
1) The Friday before the first week of classes. (Spring 2013: Friday, Jan 18)
2) The 6th Friday of the semester. (Spring 2013: Friday, March 1)
3) The Friday of the last full week of classes. (Spring 2013: Friday, May 3)
You may take one, two, or all three module exams (if necessary) on any of those days.
Exam time slots on each day are 10am-noon, 1pm-3pm, and 4pm-6pm.
Simply come to 319 Robeson Hall on any one of those days, at a scheduled time, and you can take a module exam.
Students transferring into Virginia Tech's College of
Engineering, from another institution, may be told by a
representative of the College of Engineering that their introductory
physics course credits will not transfer unless they complete one or
more Physics Modules. These Self-Learning Physics Modules are meant to
provide the student with the topics not covered by the introductory
physics course(s) which they took at their previous institution, but are
required here at Virginia Tech as part of either PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306,
or both. Once the student successfully completes the required Module(s),
transfer credit is obtained; failure to pass the exam administered at
the end of a Module means the student must take the relevant course
(either PHYS 2305, or PHYS 2306).
Students transferring into other majors at Virginia Tech may also
be required to complete one or more Physics Modules before transfer
credit can be given for PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306.
This webpage gives the detailed procedure to be followed in studying and completing
a Self-Learning Physics Module.
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Three modules are available for study:
- Thermal Physics Module (covers topics from PHYS 2305)
- Waves & Sound Module (covers topics from PHYS 2306)
- Optics Module (covers topics from PHYS 2306)
These modules cover the topics typically missing from a transfer
student's introductory physics courses. The college representative will
tell the student which Module(s) need to be successfully completed to
obtain transfer credit.
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If you are a transfer student seeking transfer credit through the
completion of Self-Learning Physics Module(s), you should be aware that
your college may have a deadline for completing the Physics Module(s).
If you have not completed the Module(s) before the deadline, you will
have to take PHYS 2305 and PHYS 2306 to receive credit for them --
transfer credit will not be granted. Make sure you inquire of your
college administrator as to any such deadlines. The College of
Engineering requires that you successfully complete and pass any
Module(s) within 2 semesters of entering Virginia Tech.
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To sign up for a Module, follow these steps:
Upon transferring to Virginia Tech, discuss your transfer credit for
introductory physics with a college administrator, or your advisor. For
students transferring into the College of Engineering you should contact
and discuss your situation with
Vicki Langford, email@example.com
, 212 Hancock Hall, 231-6643.
You will be told which Module(s) you will need to complete, if
any, in order to receive transfer credit for any introductory physics
courses you took at your previous institution.
Once you know what Module(s) you need to do, fill out and submit the
online Physics Modules Sign Up Form
. An email
message containing your information will be automatically sent to the
Module Administrator (currently that person is Dr. John Simonetti,
, 319 Robeson Hall, 231-8740).
The Module Adminstrator will sign you up for the appropriate Module(s)
, and send you an email
message to inform that you can access the Module(s) in Scholar.
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The procedure for completing a Self-Learning Module is fairly simple. Follow the steps given below.
To submit your self-study work, you will need to use
Scholar. There is one item in the "Assignments" that you must complete. After that Assignment is completed, you will see an item under "Tests & Quizzes" which you must complete. Once those two tasks have been completed, you can contact the Module Administrator to schedule the proctored exam for the Module.
Obtain a textbook
for use in your self study.
If you already have a calculus-based introductory physics textbook, you can
use it. Or, borrow one from a friend. If you do not have a book, or cannot
borrow one from a friend, see the Module Administrator to borrow a text. The
choice of text is not magical --- different editions of a text are very similar,
and even texts by different authors are very similar.
Take a look at the Formula Sheet(s)
relevant to your
Module(s). The formula sheet is exactly the one that will be given to you at the
proctored exam you will take when you are ready to complete the self-study Module.
So it is worth your while to keep that Formula Sheet on hand when studying and doing
the End of Chapter Problems. The notation on the formula sheet may be different than the notation
in your textbook, so keep that in mind. Again, the Formula Sheet you will be given
at the actual exam will look exactly like this one. You will be given a fresh, new
copy of this Formula Sheet at the actual exam, so any notations on your copy will not
be available --- might as well not make any notations on your copy, so you get used
to using it without them.
Study the appropriate chapters in the textbook that are relevant to your module
topic. It is pretty easy to figure out what chapters you should study: see the
webpage for an example of the chapter names
relevant to each module topic; chapter names are very similar in all introductory
This is meant to be a self-study system. However, you may contact
the Module Administrator if you have questions about the procedure. If
you have questions on the material, or trouble understanding the
material, you may seek out assistance at the Physics Department's Common
where teaching assistants help students in PHYS 2305
and 2306. If you have further questions on the material you may want to
find a tutor.
Work a subset of the problems at the back of each chapter, writing out your
solutions on paper. You will be submitting your solutions in Scholar.
You choose the problems. The best problems to choose are those that have answers in
the back of the book, so you can check your understanding. It is best to work about
10-15 problems for each chapter, covering a wide range of material. Your choice
of problems is not magical (just like your choice of textbook). Just try to
sample the covered material with enough problems so you can be confident you
understand the material. You might want to solve additional problems as well. Some texts split the
problems at the end of a chapter into "Exercises" (meant to be more straight-forward), and "Problems" (meant to require
more work). Some texts even add more a third category of more difficult problems, perhaps called "Challenge Problems."
You can do a mix of "Exercises" and "Problems" but don't do only "Exercise"-type questions.
Scan your problem solutions. Go to the Assignments tool in Scholar (the Assignments tool is on the left side
of the Scholar webpage), and submit your
scanned solutions through the End of Chapter Problems Assignment. All your
solutions should be submitted in one attachement file. DO NOT submit a separate solution file for each chapter. The
Module Administrator will look over your solutions. The Administrator will not
check your answers, or grade your solutions. The Administrator is just checking
to see that you have worked 10-15 problems, in detail, for each chapter. You should
already have the answers from the back of the book.
Once your problem solutions have been received and looked over, the Module Administrator will enable your
access to the Practice Exam under the "Tests & Quizzes" tool in Scholar. Please allow a day or two for this
to occur. Then, using only the Formula Sheet (a clean copy
with no handwritten notes!) and a calculator, work on the Practice Exam. There are
typically more problems on the Practice Exam than
would be on the actual exam. There are only 10 questions on the actual
2-hour exam. So limiting youself to 2 hours for the Practice Exam might be unrealistic. Use
more time than 2 hours, if you need it, or use more than one day. Once you have completed the
Practice Exam, you will be able to access the answer key and detailed solutions. If you have not done well
on the Practice Exam you should do more studying. There is no second Practice Exam,
so it will be up
to you as to whether you are ready to take the actual exam, and when you
will be ready. If you have done well on the Practice Exam you are
probably ready to take the actual exam. There is only one
Practice Exam, so use it wisely!
To take the actual module exam, you must go to 319 Robeson Hall on one of the exam dates at one of the scheduled exam times. Starting in Fall 2012, module exams will be given on *only* three days each semester:
1) The Friday before the first week of classes.
2) The 6th Friday of the semester.
3) The Friday of the last full week of classes.
You may take one, two, or all three module exams (if necessary) on any of those days. Exam time slots on each day are:
Simply come to 319 Robeson Hall on any one of those days, at a scheduled time, and you can take a module exam. At the actual exam you will be given the same
Formula Sheet you have already seen, allowed to use a
calculator, and allowed to take up to 2 hours to complete
the exam. The exam will consist of 10 multiple choice problems. You must
obtain a score of at least 60% to pass the exam. You will be notified of
your result, as will your college administrator.
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