PHY 2053 Fall 2013
PHY 2053 "Coordinator"
The PHY 2053 coordinator is
responsible for the following:
- Maintain the three WEBsites
- Maintain the grades
- The Estimated and Overall Course Grades
- The WebAssign On-Line Homework
- Organize the Quizzes
- The Exams, Final, Make-Up (with input from Ivan Furic)
PHY 2053 WEBsites:
There are three PHY2053 WEBsites that you will need to use.
- The Physics Department PHY2053 WEBsite at
This site contains the class announcements, the assigned homework problems, the course schedule, exam room
assignments, and the course syllabus. You should check the class announcements on a
- The University of Florida Sakai e-Learning PHY2053 WEBsite at
This site contains previous exams, correct answers for your exams, the class lectures, and the course grades. Estimated course
grades will be posted here after each of the two exams and your final course grades will be posted here after the final exam.
This site is also where you can earn bonus points by working the Sakai homework problems.
- The WebAssign site at
This is where you do the on-line homework. Your username, institution code, and initial password are as
follows: username = gatorlink username, institution code = ufl, password = UF-ID (8 digit number).
You will also need the access code that comes with your textbook or you can purchase the textbook and
the WebAssign access code separately.
PHY 2053 Textbook:
- The textbook for the course is McGraw-Hill, Physics (with WebAssign),
Volume 1, 2nd Edtion, by: Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.
ISBN: 9780077628239. Note that this ISBN number is unique to the University of Florida and is sold
only at local bookstores. It includes both the textbook a code used for the required
WebAssign on-line homework. If you prefer you can purchase the textbook and the
WebAssign on-line homework separately. The prices are as follows:
|New Textbook with WebAssign |
|$97.50 (UF Bookstore)
|Used Textbook without WebAssign||$73.25 (UF Bookstore)
|WebAssign On-Line Homework||~$35 (on-line at
PHY 2053 Lecturers
PHY 2053 Lectures (TR 4 & 5):
- The lecture notes will be posted on the PHY2053 e-Learning WEBsite.
- The PHY 2053 class schedule shows the material covered in each lecture.
- Bonus points for class participation using the H-ITT student response system every lecture.
To get credit you must register on the system
(see the instructions in the syllabus).
- The in-class H-ITT questions begin counting on Thursday August 29, but you should get your remotes sooner
for practice questions that will help you to become familiar with the system before the questions start counting for
PHY 2053 Discussion Sections and Quizzes:
Your quizzes will be graded on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0 and will count for a maximum of 20 points (out of 100) towards your
overall course grade.
You will be allowed to make-up a maximum of three missed quizzes provided that you have a valid documented
excuse (e.g. medical note). You will have to take the make-up quiz within 3 weeks of your missed quiz and
there will be no make-up quizzes after December 4, 2013.
10% of the quizzes will be dropped in evaluating your final quiz grade.
The overall grade formula (PDF) shows how your overall quiz points are calculated.
- Discussion sections will start the first day of classes.
- They will emphasize problem solving.
- Quizzes will be given during many of your Wednesday or Thursday discussion section meetings (10 total quizzes).
(starting on Wednesday and Thursday September 4-5, 2013)
- The quizzes will test how well you learned the concepts and methods of the previous weeks
- The quiz will be very closely related to your homework problems. No Crib Sheets for the quizzes
*Quizzes are on Wednesday or Thursday.
|PHY2053 Quiz Schedule*
PHY 2053 Exams and Final:
The two in-term exams and the final exam will be equally weighted and count for a maximum of 60 points (out of 100)
towards your overall course grade.
None of the exam grades will be dropped.
Previous exams will be uploaded to the PHY2053 e-Learning WEBsite.
- There will be two in-term exams and a cumulative final exam.
- These exams will not take place in your lecture hall in the physics building.
Room assignments for where you must go to take the exams will be announced during class
and posted on the course web page.
- Exams are multiple choice with your answers bubbled in on Scantron sheets.
- To each in-term exam you may bring a single hand written formula sheet on
8½ x 11 inch paper (both sides) and you should bring a calculator
(calculators may not be shared and may not have electronic communications capability), #2 pencils,
an eraser and your picture ID (preferably your UF-ID).
- Unless superseded by a valid excuse a missed exam will result in a zero. Valid excuses are
officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies. Acceptable excuses will
require a coach's, doctor's or instructor sanctioned note with a verifiable contact phone number.
- A valid excuse will allow you to take the cumulative make-up exam to replace the zero on the missed exam.
There will be one cumulative make-up exam (covering material from both exams) given on
Wednesday December 4, 2013. The grade on this make-up exam will replace the missed exam.
*Room assignments are based on the first letter of your last name.
|PHY2053 Exam Schedule (tentative)
|Date||Exam||Material||Crib Sheets||Time||Room Assignments*
|Wednesday 10/2/13||Exam 1||Chapers 1.1-6.4||1||8:20pm-10:10pm||TBA
|Wednesday 11/6/13||Exam 2||Chapters 6.5-10.4||1||8:20pm-10:10pm||TBA
|Wednesday 12/4/13||Make-Up||Chapters 1.1-12.8||2||5:10pm-7:00pm||TBA
|Saturday 12/7/13||Final Exam||Chapters 1.1-12.8||2||12:30pm-2:30pm||TBA
PHY 2053 WebAssign On-Line Graded Homework:
- To get onto the online homework system you will need to enter the access code that came with the hardcopy textbook.
- To login on WebAssign go to WebAssign
using using the username = Your Gatorlink UserName, institution code = ufl, and initial password = Your UF-ID
(8 digit number).
- You should change your initial password when you login for the first time.
- The first online homework assignment is due on Sunday September 1, 2013. The course
Schedule Page gives the assigned problems and due dates. Once the due date/time has passed no further input of answers for
credit will be accepted. It is your responsibility to get your homework in on time. Last minute computer/local server
problems will not excuse you from this responsibility.
- WebAssign Homework Problems:
- The problems come from your textbook. However, the numbers are randomized for each student
(i.e. the problems will be same as the textbook but with different numbers).
- You will have five tries to get the correct answer. You will not be counted off for significant figures, however to get credit
your answer must be correct within 2%.
- The WebAssign on-line homework portion of the course will count for a maximum of 20 points (out of 100) towards your overall course grade.
To provide a measure of forgiveness for illnesses and possible network problems, 10% of the on-line homework grades will be dropped
in evaluating your final grade. See the overall grade formula (PDF).
|PHY2053 WebAssign On-Line Homework Schedule
|HW Set 1||Sunday September 1||Chapters 1.1-2.6 (1-4, 1-9, 1-54, 2-3, 2-25, 2-29, 2-31, 2-39, 2-46, 2-55)
|HW Set 2||Sunday September 8||Chapters 3.1-3.6 (3-4, 3-15, 3-22, 3-32, 3-44, 3-46, 3-62, 3-67, 3-74, 3-93)
|HW Set 3||Sunday September 15||Chapters 4.1-4.7 (4-3, 4-22, 4-26, 4-49, 4-57, 4-63, 4-67, 4-73, 4-75, 4-78)
|HW Set 4||Sunday September 22||Chapters 4.8-5.3 (4-87, 4-95, 4-99, 4-112, 4-134, 5-6, 5-7, 5-15, 5-20, 5-21)
|HW Set 5||Sunday September 29||Chapter 5.4-6.4 (5-37, 5-41, 5-44, 5-81, 5-82, 6-4, 6-13, 6-25, 6-32, 6-34)
|HW Set 6||Sunday October 13||Chapter 6.5-7.8 (6-45, 6-70, 6-89, 7-9, 7-24, 7-25, 7-36, 7-43, 7-57, 7-91)
|HW Set 7||Sunday October 20||Chapter 8.1-8.6 (8-2, 8-5, 8-13, 8-19, 8-25, 6-28, 8-33, 8-37, 6-48, 8-49)
|HW Set 8||Sunday October 27||Chapter 8.7-9.6 (8-61, 8-62, 8-68, 8-72, 8-91, 9-4, 9-5, 9-17, 9-19, 9-40)
|HW Set 9||Sunday November 3||Chapter 9.7-10.4 (9-41, 9-47, 9-50, 9-51, 9-84, 9-97, 10-5, 10-7, 10-11, 10-20)
|HW Set 10||Sunday November 17||Chapter 10.5-11.8 (10-27, 10-35, 10-61, 11-3, 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-22, 11-34, 11-36)
|HW Set 11||Sunday November 24||Chapter 11.9-12.8 (11-39, 11-41, 11-42, 11-49, 11-55, 12-3, 12-10, 12-12, 12-35, 12-44)
PHY 2053 Student Response System - H-ITT Bonus Points:
You can earn a maximum of 5 bonus points toward your overall course grade by answering the H-ITT questions.
The overall grade formula (PDF)
shows how the bonus points are calculated.
- In-class student participation using the HITT student response system will be used in every lecture.
- You will be able to earn bonus points toward your overall course grade by coming to class and
answering the H-ITT questions, however, participating in the H-ITT in class questions is purely optional. You
can earn a perfect grade in the course (i.e. 100 points) without the H-ITT bonus points.
- In-class H-ITT questions begin to count on Thursday August 29, 2013, but you should get your remotes sooner for practice
questions that will help you to become familiar with the system before the questions starting counting toward your bonus points.
- The transmitter will let you respond to questions posed during class. Your response will be recorded. Simply responding will get
you 1 point credit for the question while responding correctly will get you 2 points credit.
- To get credit you must register on the system
(see the instructions in the syllabus).
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your remote is functioning properly and that you are sending on the correct
channel (see the instructions for setting the remote channel).
It is recommended that you set the channel at the start of each lecture.
- To provide a measure of forgiveness for unavoidable missed classes and for problems with the H-ITT transmitter,
20% of the H-ITT scores will be dropped in evaluating your H-ITT bonus points.
PHY 2053 Sakai Homework Bonus Points:
You can earn a maximum of 5 bonus points toward your overall course grade by doing the Sakai homework problems.
The overall grade formula (PDF)
shows how the bonus points are calculated.
- Extra credit homework problems will be available on the PHY 2053
Sakai e-Learning WEBsite.
- You will be able to earn bonus points toward your overall course grade by doing the Sakai homework problems. However, participating
in the Sakaii on-line homework is purely optional. You can earn a perfect grade in the course (i.e. 100 points) without the
Sakai HW bonus points.
PHY 2053 Overall Course Grades:
*10% will be dropped.
|Total Course Points||100
|Sakai HW Bonus**||5
**Optional bonus points.
|Grading Scale (fixed)
- A formula for calculating your overall course grade is here.
Students with Disabilities:
The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation
to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor (Field or Furic) when requesting accommodation.
Then you must print out the PHY2053 Accommodated Test Request (ATR) Form for Fall 2013
(click here for the form).
This form must be filled out by the student and returned to the Disability Reseource Center (DCR) at least
one week before the first exam. The Accommodated Testing Service (ATS) at DCR
will then administer all the exams.
How to Succeed in PHY2053:
This course is designed to make you a good "problem solver". Learn to solve the problems.
Don't spend your time looking for a formula to plug into. Derive the correct formula for the problem you are
working on using the general formulas. This is a difficult course, but if you work hard and learn
to be a good "problem solver" it will help you in all your future endeavors!
- It is expected that a successful student will invest at least twelve hours
studying and problem-solving per week outside of class. Do not expect a good grade
if you are not prepared to work this much.
- Read the assigned chapters before coming to lecture. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized.
- Work as many problems as possible on a weekly basis; the assigned (graded) problems represent the minimum recommended set.
Go to instructor's and discussion leaders' office hours for individual help (this can be highly effective and should
be regarded as free tutoring; make use of it!). To maximize the availability of this help you can go to any
Instructor or Section Leader's office hours.
- Keep up on a regular basis; cramming doesn't work for learning physics.
Rick Field - August 5, 2013