• Only if you miss more than 2 discussion sessions due to a documented reasons, such as long-term
illness, etc., please contact the instructor to discuss individual options.
• Students that are granted more time for solving problems through the DSC, should still attend
their discussion sessions to benefit from the group work and added instruction, but will be graded
on attendance only (i.e. they will receive 4 points for attendance).
Class Participation Points: I want to encourage collaborative communication among students. You can
earn participation points by answering another student’s question on the Discussion Boards. Your
instructor will respond to your Message Board post with a note that ends with “+1 PP” when they have
graded your post and scored it in theGradebook. (Note, however, that administrative questions that could
be easily answered by reading the Syllabus are NOT given any points.) There is a Discussions board
named Administration for course administration issues and message boards for each week for questions
about the course material. Use the weekly message boards to post questions about homework, but do not
specifically ask how to do the homework question or give away an answer. Ask a question that is relevant
to what you’re struggling with, and we’ll try to help. It certainly beats trying to find your instructor or TA
outside of office hours. You instructor will post PPs earned each week in lecture to the Gradebook by the
start of the following week. Participation points count towards a small amount of extra credit. Students
with 1 or 2 participation points at the end of the quarter will receive 1% extra credit and students with 3 or
more PP will receive 2% extra credit.
Tutoring: Tutoring is not just for someone who finds physics challenging, but also for those who want
extra practice in order to get an A. There are two good options for tutoring if you need extra help. First,
you can get free tutoring from the Physics & Astronomy Department’s Tutoring Center. It is manned by
graduate student TAs from our class as well as other introductory physics classes. You can consult the
schedule at http://www.physics.uci.edu/tutoring-schedule and look for Professor Ritz’s name to get a TA
for our class or you can go to any of the listed sessions. You can earn CPPs at the Physics Tutoring
Center if you go to a TA for our class.
In addition, the UCI Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) offers group tutoring for P3A for a
very reasonable fee and sponsorships (i.e. scholarships) are available. Consult
http://www.larc.uci.edu/students/tutoring/larc-tutorial-schedules for the schedule of LARC sections and
for more information. Register for LARC tutoring on WebReg. LARC tutors are undergraduate students
who have received an A grade in Physics 3C or equivalent courses. We recommend you sign up for it if
you need help in the class or if you think studying with a group of like-minded students will be more fun
and productive than studying alone.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
University policies for accommodation of students with disabilities will be followed. More information is
available at www.disability.uci.edu , including information on testing accommodation and note-taking
Please note: this service can be very useful for students with anxieties during tests and timed conditions,
as it will allow certified students to take exams in a separate setting with more time.