Physics 262 Fall 12.    Course Title: General Physics III (calculus-based), Section 001, Call Number 16294, Cr 03, MWF 12:00-12:50 Regener 103, instructor is Dinesh Loomba, 277-3604, , office in room 1164 of the Physics and Astronomy (P&A) Building at the northeast corner of Lomas and Yale.  This course is for physics/astrophysics, engineering, or science majors.

Text and other material.    Mandatory Text: University Physics by Young & Freedman, 13th ed. and Special Relativity: A Modern Introduction, H.C. Ohanian.  Various text supplements are available and may be helpful but are not required. However, purchase and use of a clicker and Mastering Physics (MP) is required.  MP comes free with new texts purchased in the bookstore.  But if you bought a used text or obtained your text elsewhere you will have to purchase MP (details are given below). The problem session (Physics 267 section 001) should be helpful but is not required. The laboratory (Physics 262 L) is very relevant to the course and is recommended but is also not required. You will need a simple calculator with trig functions that you should bring to class regularly. You will need it for tests and homeworks. 

Office hours and tutoring help.  


SI instructor: Jonathon Gross (

SI sessions and office hours:

M: 1500-1600, 1600-1700 (Problem Sections in Regener 111)

T: 1300-1400 (Office Hours in PandA lobby)

W: 1400-1500 (Office Hours in PandA lobby), 1700-1800 (Problem Section in Regener 114)

My office hours are on W 2-3 in Regener and by appointment


Class rules.

Do not cheat.  Any form of cheating behavior will be dealt with severely.  I use the words cheating behavior because if you are looking in the direction of your neighbor's paper I can't read your mind and determine whether you are cheating.  But I can tell what you are looking at.  Do not wear a baseball hat or any other type hat that covers your eyes during a test. All cell phones must be turned off and placed out of sight. If I even see a cell phone during a test the owner will receive a zero. I will not tolerate this or other cheating behavior, period.  And there are many other examples.  Use common sense about this.

Do not talk in class.  This is the most difficult problem of a large class.  Some students think nothing of disrupting other students who have paid money to learn physics.   Most students can't concentrate when others are talking.  Please leave the lecture hall if you must talk. 


Class bulletin board.  The class bulletin board is in the basement hallway of Regener (by the labs).  I will post grades and other class information there so check it often.  Make sure I have the correct grades on my spreadsheet.  If a grade is incorrect, see me right away. 

Student ID. Your Student ID is your banner ID.  Use the Student ID on tests, etc. Due to privacy concerns, DO NOT write your social security number on anything you hand in.

Dropping the class.  If you drop the course then please let me know.  Sometimes this information does not get to me and this can lead to grade difficulties at the end of the semester.  If you do not drop the class and stop attending I will not know it and you will receive a WF at the end of the course!  So, it is critical that you file the appropriate paperwork and let me know when you drop the course.

Mastering Physics (MP) is the homework grading system. Your new book came with a MP package (no extra cost to you). If you have a used book you need to buy the Mastering Physics package from the bookstore or you can go on line with a credit card and buy it. To buy access online, go to www.masteringphysics.com_ then click on the title of your textbook. Then click Buy Now and follow instructions.

Whether your MP package came with the text or whether you bought access from the bookstore or online, everyone must register on line and complete the first MP assignment and start becoming familiar with MP before class on Wednesday.

You can register simply by following the instructions available online at Important notes for registering: The UNM Zip code is 87131. Our Course ID is MPLOOMBA007 (careful about the letter O versus the number 0! The first 2 are the letter, the last 3 are the number). Student ID: You must use your banner ID.  Student Access Code: This is a six-"word" printed code supplied beneath the pull-tab inside your Mastering Physics Student Access Kit.  It is valid for registering one student. If the tab in this kit has been pulled back, the code may no longer be valid.  If you buy a secondhand textbook, any code supplied with it is probably not valid.  In either case, you can purchase a Student Access Code online using a credit card or you can go to the bookstore and buy a mastering physics package. If you need help then click on the ? icon._ There are more detailed Mastering Physics registration instructions at


Here I list links where other important aspects of the course are described.  Please go to these links and read their contents.

COURSE GRADE. This link contains information about how your course grade will be assigned.

CLASS SCHEDULE, READING & HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.  This link contains a tentative schedule of material covered in the course.  It also lists your reading assignments and homework assignments and the dates they are due.

HOMEWORK and CPS KEYPAD GUIDE.  This link gives you a description of the types of homework that will be assigned.  It also gives you a description of how your CPS Keypad will be used and graded.