Frequently Asked Questions
Links to helpful documents as well as Links to lists of helpful questions (and answers)
(ASTR/PHYS 109 and ASTR/PHYS 119)

Last Updated 09/05/17

 

Top Five Most Common Questions and Answers:
  1. Q: How do I get more attempts for an eCampus quiz? A: Follow the instructions here (page 3).
  2. Q: Which assignments are Pass/Revise and which ones are Pass/Fail? A: This can be found here (page 24).
  3. Your question here (coming soon)
  4. Your question here (coming soon)
  5. Your question here (coming soon)
General Questions eCampus Warmup Quizzes EOC Quizzes PLRQ Stuff Papers Peerceptiv Lab class stuff
Helpful documents
  • Syllabus
  • Course Organization
  • Class Schedule
  • ECampus Quiz Instructions and Help
  • PLRQ Guidelines
  • Instructions on how to use TurnItIn on eCampus
  • Paper and Peerceptiv Instructions
  • Instructions on how to use TurnItIn on eCampus
  • Companion Lab Course (ASTR/PHYS 119) Home Page
    Links to specific questions
  • General questions about the class, textbook questions, and labs, grades, requirements, schedule and revisions
  • Course Assignments
  • Grades and Requirements
  • eCampus Questions
  • Warmup questions
  • EOC Questions
  • PLRQ Questions including:
  • Overview of PLRQ, what it is, how to do them, assignment requirements
  • PLRQ grades and revisions
  • Paper Questions including:
  • Basics of Paper Stuff for the course, including TA feedback before submission, Peerceptiv, and Turnitin
  • Grades and revisions

    Peerceptiv questions including:

  • Overview of Peerceptiv, what it is, how we use it, assignment stages
  • Grades and understanding them
  • Lab Course questions






    General: General questions about the course, Grades, Assignment Requirements and Revisions (Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Overview Questions
      1. Q: Is there a textbook for the course?
        A: Yes, for more information go
        here.

      2. Q: Is there a difference between the Physics and Astronomy sections for the class?
        A: No. For more go here (page 27).

      3. Q: Is there an honors version of the class?
        A: Yes there is an honors section. It is typically the 200 sections. See the link for more information here

      4. Q: I'm in the Honors section, what do I need to know?
        A: More info can be found here

      5. Q: Does ASTR/PHYS 109 count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement?
        A: Yes. If you are interested in a 4th credit hour you can take the companion lab, ASTR/PHYS 119.

      6. Q: Is there a lab part of this class? More stuff to do/learn? Will the lab course count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement? Is it required to take the lab?
        A: The lab (ASTR/PHYS 119) is optional. For more info see the(course home page), or to frequently asked questions about the lab here.

      7. Q: Are the lecture notes posted for the course?
        A: Yes, they can be found here.

      8. Q: Other fun stuff?
        A: Yes, see the Facebook page for the course here. Also, links to some fun videos and other humorous stuff here. If you have something fun to share, please send it.

    2. Course Assignments
      1. Q: Are there any Papers for this course?
        A: Yes, for more information about how they fit into the course go
        here (page 37) (and the next few pages), about the papers themselves go here and questions about papers go here

      2. Q: Are there any exams for this course? A Final Exam?
        A: No, there are no exams, and there is no final exam.

      3. Q: What is eCampus and are we using it for the course?
        A: We use eCampus for all online activities. For more information go here (page 8) and read the next few pages. For the original document go here

      4. Q: What is Peerceptiv and are we using it for the course?
        A: Peerceptiv is the system we will be using for Papers. For more information on how it fits into the course go here (page 44), and more about the system itself in go here.

      5. Q: I've heard we have to write down reading questions for the course. Is that right?
        A: Yes. These are Pre-Lecture Reading Questions. For big picture information go here (page 17) and for more detail about the process iteself go here.

      6. Q: Is it true that there are online quizzes for the course?
        A: Yes. For more go here (page 10), and look at the next few pages.

    3. Grades and Requirements
      1. Q: What are the parts of the course that are included in the final grade?
        A: Information about the parts of the course and how grades are determined are described in the
        Syllabus and in the Course Organization (page 24) document. Note that the lab is NOT a required part of the course. For the Papers go here. For PLRQ assignments go here.

      2. Q: Is it true that I need to pass some of the assignments in order to pass the course? Is it true that on some assignments I need to keep retaking things until I get them correct (or pass them)? Are all the assignments in the course (eCampus quizzes, PLRQ Assignments and Papers) pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
        A: For more go here (page 24).

      3. Q: Is it true that I need to get a 100% on all the End of Chapter quizzes?
        A: Yes.

      4. Q: Is it true that I can do revisions to get better grades?
        A: Yes. See here (page 24).

      5. Q: Is there any extra credit in the class?
        A: Yes, currently, any suggestion that makes the textbook better (clarity, typos, spelling, grammar etc.) will give you extra credit if it's not on the list of already known problems. To receive extra credit, simply check the link at the bottom of the main textbook page which contains a list of known problems, and if it isn't on there send mail to toback@tamu.edu. There is also credit for pointing out problems with the eCmpus assignments, webpages and other course documentation.

      6. Q: I didn't do all the PLRQ assignments. Can I still pass the course?
        A: Yes.

      7. Q: I didn't do all the parts for all the papers. Can I still pass the course?
        A: Yes.

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    eCampus: What it is and how you get into the system (Confirmed for 2017c)

    1. Q: What is eCampus?
      A: This question is answered here

    2. Q: How do I log in eCampus and access the course?
      A: Instructions can be found here

    3. Q: Do all browsers work for eCampus?
      A: Nope, but which ones do changes over time. Click on the Check Browser button to check.

    4. Q: What if I'm having trouble getting into eCampus?
      A: For help go here

    5. Q: What are we going to be using eCampus for in the course?
      A: This is described here (page 9)

    6. Q: Is it true that I can have as many attempts as I want for each quiz in eCampus? Anything I should know about this?
      A: Yes and No. More information
      here (page 14) and here (page 15).

    7. Q: I've run out of attempts for an eCampus quiz. What should I do?
      A: Follow the instructions
      here (page 3).

    8. Q: I've been told there is feedback for quiz questions in eCampus. How do I find that?
      A: Follow the instructions
      here (page 3).

    9. Q: If it's true that I can have as many attempts as I want for each quiz, why is the number of quizzes limited to 5?
      A: More information here (page 15)

    10. Q: How do I submit things to TurnItIn?
      A: Follow the instructions found
      here

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    Warmups: What they are and the role they play in the course(Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Q: I've heard there are Warmup quizzes in eCampus to help me get good at taking quizzes in eCampus. Is that true?
      A: Yes. For more detail go here (page 11)

    2. Q: Are the Warmup quizzes counted as part of my grade?
      A: No. For more detail go here (page 24)

    3. Q: Are all Warmup quizzes pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
      A: For more go
      here (page 24).

    4. Q: I just ran out of attempts for a Warmup quiz. What do I need to do to get more attempts?
      A: Follow the instructions
      here (page 3).

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    EOC: What are the End of Chapter (EOC) Quizzes and how you take them?(Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Q: Where can I find the End of Chapter (EOC) quizzes?
      A: In eCampus. For more information go here.

    2. Q: Is it true that I need to get a 100% on all the EOC quizzes?
      A: Yes.

    3. Q: Are the EOC quizzes counted as part of my grade?
      A: Yes.

    4. Q: Are the EOC quizzes pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
      A: Yes.

    5. Q: I just see Chapter 2 quiz. Where is Chapter 1? Why don't I see a Chapter 3?
      A: There is no quiz for Chapter 1. Chapter 3 will open when you are done with Chapter 2.

    6. Q: When are EOC quizzes due?
      A: After we complete the chapter in lecture, but before the next lecture.

    7. Q: I finished my EOC quiz and I can't see the next one. What should I do?
      A: Often students forget that they must get a 100% on each EOC quiz in order to move on to the next quiz. If this doesn't help, send mail to 109help@physics.tamu.edu

    8. Q: I just ran out of attempts for an EOC quiz. What do I need to do to get more attempts?
      A: Follow the instructions
      here (page 3).

    9. Q: I didn't finish all the EOC quizzes. Can I still pass the course?
      A: No. You must finish them all by the end of the semester (a late penalty will be assessed).


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    Peerceptiv: What it is and how we will use it: (Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Peerceptiv and how we will use it for Papers
      1. Q: What is Peerceptiv? Why are we using it?
        A: Peerceptiv and how we use it for papers in the class is described
        here.

      2. Q: I've heard we use Peerceptiv for Papers and PLRQ Assignments. Is that true?
        A: We will use Peerceptiv for Papers. For PLRQ we will submit to TurnItIn in eCampus.

      3. Q: I've heard you both submit you paper in Peerceptiv AND you do grading and other stuff. Is this true?
        A: Yes. For for information go
        here (page 2).

      4. Q: How much time do I have to complete each of the stages for the Peerceptiv assignment?
        A: This is described
        here (page 2), with tentative dates found here

      5. Q: Are there common problems in Peerceptiv?
        A: The most common problem is not reading the full set of Peerceptiv instructions.

      6. Q: Where can I get more information about how to get high grades using the Peerceptiv system?
        A: A good example paper outline can be found
        here (page 5).

      7. Q: What do I need to know about the Submission Stage of the Peerceptiv assignments for Papers?
        A: For for information go here (page 2).

      8. Q: Can I submit my paper late?
        A: There are penalties for submitting late without an excused absense, and at some point you lose the ability to submit at all. If you might have a problem contact your instructor (toback@tamu.edu) BEFORE anything is due and work with them. If this is not possible, send an email and we will do the best we can.

      9. Q: I just submitted my Paper in Peerceptiv. Am I done now with the assignment?
        A: No. There are three stages of each Peerceptiv assignment. For for information go
        here (page 2).

      10. Q: I just submitted my Paper in Peerceptiv. Why can't I do the Reviews now?
        A: You cannot start the Review Stage until the time has ended for Text Submission Stage
        .

      11. Q: I've never graded before. How do I learn to do that?
        A: A good guide on how to grade papers in Peerceptiv can be found here.

    2. Grade Stuff in Peerceptiv
      1. Q: Where do I find my grades for the papers?
        A: All the grades are in eCampus.

      2. Q: The grading period for Peerceptiv just ended. I'm looking at my grade and I realize I don't understand it. How do I figure out what it means?
        A: More on how to understand your grade in Peerceptiv see
        here (page 3).

      3. Q: I'm looking at the reviewer scores I got and they don't seem right/fair. What should I do?
        A: If you think you were misgraded, For for information go here (page 4).

      4. Q: I think one of the Reviews I did didn't get the score it deserved. Basically, the other two reviewers disagreed with me and I think they are wrong. Thus, I lost points. Can you check to see if that paper was graded correctly so I can get my points back?
        A: Yes. For for information go here (page 4).

      5. Q: I'm looking at the reviewer scores I got, and I didn't get three reviews. Will that hurt me?
        A: For more on how the grades in Peerceptiv are done, go here. If you think you were misgraded, For for information go here (page 4).

      6. Q: Peerceptiv said my text rating is a 7.99, but the three reviewers gave me a 9, 10, and a 6. That averages to 8.33. Can you fix this?
        A: Your raw score is a combination of your document, reviews, and back-evaluation. Your final score is based off of a class curve. For more information go here. If you think you were misgraded or just want to be sure, for information go here (page 3).

      7. Q: I was looking at my grades in Peerceptiv again, and it looked like my grade changed. Is that right?
        A: Yes, this can be correct. Sometimes we fix grades, which can change the scores (the curve). If you think you were misgraded, follow the instructions here (page 3).

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    PLRQ: Answers to questions about Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ): (Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Overview of PLRQ
      1. Q: What are the Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ) and how do I get a good grade on them?
        A: A guide for Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (and how to get a good good grade on them) can be found
        here.

      2. Q: Where can I find good examples of what good questions and bad questions look like?
        A: Examples of what kinds of questions we are looking for, and why, can be found here (page 4).

      3. Q: How many questions are required for each Unit?
        A: Four.

      4. Q: Where do I submit the four PLRQ questions I wrote?
        A: TurnItIn on eCampus. In the PLRQ folder

      5. Q: When are the PLRQ assigned and when is the text due?
        A: This is described here (page 1). The tentative dates for the PLRQ Assignments can be found here.

      6. Q: I have 5 questions I'd like to submit. That should help me do better on the assignment correct? Do I just submit all 5?
        A: No, you should submit 4 and only 4. If you submit a 5th, the grader will ignore it and mention that you didn't follow the rules in their review, perhaps just give you an F.

      7. Q: I have some really complicated questions with multiple parts I'd like to submit. That should help me do better on the assignment correct? Is it ok to put multiple questions into each question I submit?
        A: Complicated questions are fine. If a question has multiple parts, then split that up into multiple questions.

      8. Q: Can I submit my PLRQ questions late?
        A: There is a grace period where will accept them late for partial credit. Otherwise, you must have explicit instructor permission.

      9. Q: The first PLRQ assignment for Unit 1 is Pass/Revise. How can I tell if I passed or not? What do I do if I didn't pass it?
        A: If your score shows a 10/10, then you passed

      10. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions in TurnItIn. Am I done now with the assignment?
        A: That depends. For Unit 1? It depends on if you passed it or not. For Unit 2? Yes.

      11. Q: Are all the PLRQ assignments pass/fail?
        A: No.

      12. Q: What are the most common problems that might keep me from getting a good grade on the PLRQ?
        A: The most common problem is not reading the PLRQ instructions.

    2. PLRQ Grades and revisions
      1. Q: Where do I find my grade for the PLRQ?
        A: In eCampus.

      2. Q: I didn't pass the PLRQ Assignment for Unit 1. What do I need to do?
        A: Revise and resubmit.

      3. Q: Must I do a Revision for all PLRQ Assignment?
        A: No. Only for Unit 1 if you don't pass.

      4. Q: I didn't do well on my PLRQ assignments. What can I do to get a better grade? Can I do a Revision?
        A: Yes. Follow the instructions
        here (page 2).

      5. Q: How will the revision affect my grade?
        A: This is described here (page 2).

      6. Q: If I want to do a revision for a PLRQ Assignment, do I need to contact the instructor?
        A: No.

      7. Q: I'm starting my Revision. What should I know?
        A: You should use the feedback you got on the original submission to make your revision better.

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    Papers: Answers to questions about Papers in the course(Confirmed for 2017C)

    This set of questions are about the text of your papers paper. For questions about Peerceptiv, and the Peerceptiv grades go here
    1. Basic Paper Stuff
      1. Q: How many papers are there for the course?
        A: There are 4 papers for course. There is also an Honors Paper for the Honors Sections. For more information about the Honors section go
        here

      2. Q: How do I do well on papers?
        A: Make sure you read all the instructions on Peerceptiv. Also, follow the example of a outline of what a good paper looks like, as given here (page 5).

      3. Q: What are the paper topics?
        A: The 1-line description of the paper assignments can be found here (page 38)

      4. Q: How long is each paper supposed to be?
        A: Each paper should be about 600 words (less than 900 words). This is 2 pages, double spaced.

      5. Q: I've heard the papers are a little different than what I'm used to. Are the instructions different than usual?
        A: Yes. We are using a specific writing style and Peerceptiv. For more go here and here (page 39).

      6. Q: How are the papers graded?
        A: We will be using the Peerceptiv System for the assignments which is discussed here.

      7. Q: How are the grades for the Papers counted in the course?
        A: See here (page 3).

      8. Q: Where do I submit the Papers?
        A: Peerceptiv and TurnItIn.

      9. Q: Are any of the Papers (or the paper Revisions) Pass/Fail or Pass/Revise?
        A: No.

      10. Q: How much time do I have to write the paper?
        A: This is described
        here.

      11. Q: I'm not sure if my paper will receive a good grade. Can I get feedback on it from a TA *BEFORE* I submit it? ?
        A: Yes, in fact we *HOPE* you do this. Submit to it called "Rough Drafts (Optional)" in TurnItIn. You will get feedback from the TA about the paper from the same place. Email 109help@physics.tamu.edu if you need help.

      12. Q: I submitted my paper for feedback from the TA, but I don't know where to look to find it. Where do I go?
        A: It is in the same TurnItIn assignment you submitted to in eCampus. Click "GradeMark" to see the TA comments. Email 109help@physics.tamu.edu if you need help.

      13. Q: What are the most common problems that might keep me from getting a good grade on the papers?
        A: For papers, the most common problems are:

      14. Q: What are the rules about plagiarism for the course?
        A: The course rules for plagiarism can be found here.

      15. Q: Can I submit my Paper late?
        A: There are penalties for submitting late without an excused absense, and at some point you lose the ability to submit at all. If you might have a problem contact your instructor (toback@tamu.edu) BEFORE anything is due and work with them. If this is not possible, send an email and we will do the best we can.

      16. Q: Do I need to turn my paper into TurnItIn to pass the assignment?
        A: Yes.

      17. Q: I just submitted my Paper in Peerceptiv. Am I done now with the assignment?
        A: No, you must do all the steps described here (page 2).

      18. Q: What are the steps for the rest of the Peerceptiv assignment after I've turned in my text?
        A: For more detail go here (page 2).

    2. Grades and Revision
      1. Q: Where do I find my grade for the Paper assignments?
        A: In eCampus.

      2. Q: I didn't do well on my Paper assignments. What can I do to get a better grade? Can I do a Revision?
        A: Yes. Submit the revised text into TurnItIn

      3. Q: If I do a revision, will I just get the higher of the two grades?
        A: We will take the average of the texts's (the other parts of the grade will stay the same).

      4. Q: Must I do a Revision for each Paper Assignment?
        A: No.

      5. Q: If I want to do a revision for a Paper Assignment, do I need to contact the instructor?
        A: No.

      6. Q: I'm starting my Revision. What should I know?
        A: You should use the feedback you got on the original submission to make your revision better.

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    Lab Course: Stuff for the Companion Lab Course (ASTR/PHYS 119)(Confirmed for 2017C)

    1. Q: Is there a lab part of this class?
      A: There is an *optional* lab. For more information go here.

    2. Q: Will the lab course count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement? Is it required to take the lab?
      A: Yes. For more go here (page 21).

    3. Q: When is the first lab?
      A: First week of class.

    4. Q: What do I need to do to prepare for each lab?
      A: See the "Items due before class" column on this page.

    5. Q: When is each lab report due and what needs to be completed before each class?
      A: See the "Items due before class" column on this page.

    6. Q: Where do I find the pre-lab quizzes?
      A: eCampus

    7. Q: What all are the things that must be done during the lab itself? How do I know if I can leave early?
      A: You should never plan on leaving early. See the "In-class checklist" column on this page.

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    Last Updated by David Toback 09/05/17