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Online Courses

View the full list of Online Courses at Randolph College for Summer 2018

What is available in Physics?

    • Algebra-based College Physics (AP Physics P1 and P2 equivalent) Lab Course
    • Calculus-based University Physics (AP Physics C-Mech and C-E&M equivalent) Lab Course
    • Astronomy: Cosmology Lab Course

What is available (DETAILS)?

Algebra-based College Physics two semester sequence:

  • Introductory Physics I (course number Physics 105 at Randolph College, 3 credits)
  • Introductory Physics I Lab (Physics 105L, 1 credit)
  • Introductory Physics II (Physics 106, 3 credits)
  • Introductory Physics II Lab (Physics 106L, 1 credit)

The pre-requisite for Intro Physics I is algebra. The pre-requisite for Intro Physics II is Intro Physics I. You can take either class without the lab. You can take either lab without the class only if you have taken the associated class before. Please see a full description in our course catalog.

The high school AP courses P1 and P2 are equivalent to these two courses with labs. High school students who want P1 and P2 are welcome to take these online courses instead.

Calculus-based University Physics two semester sequence: 

  • General Physics I (course number Physics 115 at Randolph College, 4 credits)
  • General Physics I Lab (Physics 115L, 1 credit)
  • General Physics II (Physics 116, 4 credits)
  • General Physics II Lab (Physics 116L, 1 credit)

The pre-requisite (or co-requisite) for General Physics I is Calculus I. The pre-requisite for General Physics II is General Physics I. You can take either class without the lab. You can take either lab without the class only if you have taken the associated class before. Please see a full description in our course catalog.

The high school AP courses Physics C-Mechanics and Physics C-E&M are equivalent to these two courses with labs. High school students who want AP Physics C are welcome to take these online courses instead.

Astronomy: Cosmology one semester course:

  • Astronomy: Cosmology (course number Astronomy 103 at Randolph College, 3 credits)
  • Asrtonomy: Cosmology Lab (Astronomy 103L, 1 credit)

There is no pre-requisite for Astronomy, although a basic knowledge of algebra is necessary. The course can be taken without the lab, and the lab can be taken without the course if the equivalent course has been taken previously.

WHEN are they available?

Summer 2018 dates:

  • Intro Physics I and Lab, General Physics I and Lab, Astronomy and Lab: May 29 – July 2
  • Intro Physics II and Lab, General Physics II and Lab: July 9 – August 10

Daily pre-taped lectures and homework will be available online a week ahead of time. It is up to the student to watch the lectures and do the homework each day (of course you are welcome to get ahead and do it ahead of time). The lecture professor will be available each day for at least an hour of face-to-face online time. The times vary each day to allow for people who have jobs or are in a different time zone. But please note that this is intensive five week course that would be 2.5 hours/day for lecture and lab plus homework if this was an in-person class. Labs are on your own, two labs per week, and the lab professor will have a face-to-face online lab period for each lab in case you would prefer to do them with the professor and other students in the virtual room. None of the face-to-face online time is required, but will be scheduled by the faculty when the class begins, to try to meet all students’ needs. An example schedule is as follows (all Eastern Times):

  • Sunday 7-8 p.m. (lab office hour)
  • Monday 10-11 a.m. (lecture office hour), 2:00-4:30 pm (lab)
  • Tuesday 2-3 p.m. (lecture office hour)
  • Wednesday 5-6  p.m. (lecture office hour), 7-8 pm (lab office hour)
  • Thursday 10-11 a.m. (lecture office hour), 2:00-4:30 pm (lab)
  • Friday 2-3 p.m. (lecture office hour)

WHERE is it offered? In your very own home, hotel room, car, etc. The course is entirely online (including exams) with a lab kit for hands-on labs on your own. You do need to have a computer, tablet, or phone and internet connection that allows you to watch videos and PowerPoint presentations, and the live online portion will use GoToMeeting which will be no additional cost to you.

WHO is teaching it? Randolph College professors. In 2018, Dr. Sarah Sojka will teach 105, 106; Dr. Katrin Schenk will teach 105L, 106L, and Astronomy 103, 103L; Dr. Kacey Meaker will teach 115, 115L; Dr. Jeff Steele will teach 116, 116L.

HOW do these online courses work? When you apply, you will be given a Randolph College username, password, and email address (if you are not already a Randolph College student). The course portal will be Moodle, the course management software, which is available at Instructions and links to readings, lecture videos, assignments, and lab manual will posted in Moodle. We will use online homework system ExpertTA for all Physics courses, and another online system for the Astronomy course, which you will have to register separately for and pay a $30 fee each lecture course. There is no additional textbook needed! You will pay a $30 lab fee for each lab, and we will mail you a lab kit. Other than tuition, there are no additional fees. Weekly quizzes and a mid-term and final will be given in each course, on your own, and will be submitted through ExpertTA or through Moodle. Lab write-ups will be done electronically and will be submitted through Moodle. See the “WHEN” section above for more information.

Registration is easy. Non-Randolph students can fill out the Special Student Application (below) right now. Then course registration for Non-Randolph and Randolph students for the actual courses will open in the first week of March, 2018. If you intend to register for the course and registration is not open yet, or if you have questions about the course, please let Dr. Sheldon know of your interest by emailing If you are a Non-Randolph student, please do fill out the Special Student Application below – there is no cost or commitment associated with it.   

For current Randolph students, registration is easy and just like you normally register for classes.  Summer registration is now open – Go to the Students tab on the Portal and use the Register for Classes link.  Select Summer 2018 to register.

For non-Randolph students, you must first submit a Special Student Application which is available at .  We will need 24-48 hours to process your application.  You will receive an email sent to the email address you gave us on your application with your portal login and password.  Go on the portal to register for the class once online course registration opens in March. Use the Register for Classes link on the Students tab.  There is a Dates and Procedures link that outlines how to register.

Online registration MUST occur prior to the first class meeting.  The drop period is 3 days to have the course not become a part of your student record and the withdrawal period ends on the 7th  day.  After this you cannot withdraw unless under medical or mitigating circumstances, which must be documented.  To drop or withdraw, email the course instructor who will forward your email to the Registrar.  The date of your email will be the date used for the course drop/withdrawal.

Payment: Once you register, you will be billed by Randolph College – the first billing may be as late as May even if you register earlier. Summer tuition for online course is $450/credit hour. Each lecture course is 3 or 4 credit hours, and each lab is 1 credit hour. If you drop the course before the first day of either class, you get a 100% refund for that class. If you drop the course during the first week, you will be reimbursed 90% of your payment. If you drop the course sometime in the second week, you will be reimbursed 50% of your payment. Beyond the second week of a given course, you will not be reimbursed for that course if you drop it.

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