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Department of Physics and Astronomy


Accessing LONCAPA Help Sessions Via Zoom (Spring 2020):

Monday, March 30, 2020 to Monday, April 27, 2020

Due to the university being closed for the remainder of the Spring semester, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be offering virtual LONCAPA help sessions via the Zoom meeting platform as a substitute for the previous sessions held in Jones PSC #208.

Before joining the LONCAPA meeting, you must first download the Zoom program to your computer and/or smart device.  You may be interested in creating a username and password on Zoom's website, but this is not required.  All students should be able to access the meeting room with the Unique Meeting ID listed below as long as Zoom has been downloaded to your device.

Zoom is available for both PC  and Mac operating systems as well as through Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS).

Once Zoom is installed on your device, please note the meeting details for all future LONCAPA help sessions below:

Zoom Direct Link to Recurring LONCAPA Session:
Zoom Unique Meeting ID:  588-540-7081

If you are looking for assistance with your physics homework or just need to understand a concept a little better, we are here to help!  Beginning on Monday, March 30, departmental faculty and instructors will be available through the meeting link above on the following days and times:


10:50 am to 11:40 am - Dr. Altschul
1:10 pm to 2:00 pm - Dr. Kunchur
2:20 pm to 3:10 pm - Dr. Mazur
3:30 pm to 4:20 pm - Mr. Cook


11:40 am to 12:30 pm - Dr. Strauch
1:15 pm to 2:05 pm - Dr. Myhrer
2:50 pm to 3:40 pm - Mr. Cook


9:40 am to 10:30 am - Dr. Crittenden
10:50 am to 11:40 am - Dr. Gudkov
12:00 pm to 12:50 pm - Dr. Kulkarni
1:10 pm to 2:00 pm - Dr. Rodney
3:30 pm to 4:20 pm - Mr. Cook


11:40 am to 12:30 pm - Dr. Pershin
1:15 pm to 2:05 pm - Dr. Schindler
2:50 pm to 3:40 pm - Mr. Cook


2:20 pm to 3:10 pm - Dr. Datta (PHYS 101 Only)

You should be able to join the Zoom meeting prior to the host arriving for each session.  If you have questions or experience any technical issues, feel free to contact our department.  We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

The final opportunity for all Zoom virtual LONCAPA sessions will be Monday, April 27, which is the last day of classes for the Spring semester.

 LONCAPA Log-In Instructions:


To log in to LONCAPA, please use the following:

USERNAME:  network username (This is the same as your USC email address before the @)
PASSWORD:  same as for USC email, not your VIP password (reset on

Please make sure your username is all lowercase.



For students looking for help with LONCAPA and other physics course homework,
the Spring 2020 CAPA ROOM (Jones 208) SCHEDULE will let you know when a physics faculty
is available to answer questions.

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