Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University

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Here are ways to get help with your introductory (typically 100-level) physics course at Stony Brook.
Help Rooms
Usually (other than Fall 2020 or Spring 2021) you can come to the A-level of the Physics building to rooms A-129and A-131. There, Undergrad Teach Assistants (UGTA), graduate teaching assistants (TA), teaching staff and faculty hold their office hours. We hope to see you there in Fall 2021! In the meantime, there are virtual help rooms with the same people mentioned above ready to help with physics questions.
  • A Zoom Meeting for PHY 121/2 lab and lecture. See your PHY 121/2 Blackboard announcements for invitation.
  • A Google Meet room for PHY 133/4 lab plus all calculus based intro courses (125-7, 131/2. 141/2) Help Room
    This room will run 9am-6pm Monday-Friday
Office Hours

Your course instructors and TA's hold Office Hours for 2 hours or more every week during the semester. Most do this in the Help Rooms but some hold extra hours just for students in their own course. See your course syllabus or Blackboard

Other Kinds of Help

Here are links to other kinds of help

  • Residential Tutoring
  • College of Engineering Tutoring
  • Academic Success and Tutoring Center
  • TA's for introductory courses will answer questions via e-mail, although they do this on their own (not necessarily your prefered!) schedule. See the above links for course webpages and addresses.
  • Enrollment, permissions and other questions regarding administrative issues could be addressed to phy_ast_undergraduate at
  • Administrative questions regarding the in-person lab courses could be addressed to phy_introlabs at
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Here are text books used by Stony Brook Department of Physics and Astronomy introductory classes; they can be obtained from all the usual sources plus the SBU Bookstore

Copies are also available for short-term loan in SBU Libraries

  • PHY 131/132, Online version
    Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections by Debora M. Katz, Cengage Learning 2015.
  • PHY 131/132, PHY 125/126/127 In class and Studio versions
    Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Douglas Giancoli, Pearson/Prentice Hall 2008.
  • PHY 121/122, In class and Studio versions
    College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones and Field. Pearson 2010.
    College Physics by Etkina, Gentile and Van Heuvelen. Pearson 2014.
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