PHY 2053 - Physics I - FALL 2013


Overall Course Grade: Your course letter grade will not be based on a curve but rather on the fixed scale shown in the table below. The advantage of the fixed scale is that you are not competing with other students to “get ahead of the curve.” Everyone who works hard can do well in the class. The overall grade is based on 100 points maximum (Exam 1 = 20 points, Exam 2 = 20 points, Final Exam = 20 points, Quizzes = 20 points, WebAssing Homework = 20 points). Your Sakai homework bonus points and your H-ITT bonus points will be added to your overall course grade, however, the maximum number of points for the course is 100 points. If adding in the bonus points gives you more than 100 points, you will only get the full 100 maximum points. Your overall course score will be calculated to 3 significant figures and there is no rounding off. The course grade formula shows how your grade is calculated (PDF).

Grading Procedure
Exam 120
Exam 220
Final Exam20
WebAssign Homework*20
Total Course Points100
Sakai HW Bonus**5
HITT Bonus**5
*10% will be dropped.
**Optional bonus points.
Grading Scale (fixed)
A≥ 92
A-≥ 87
B+≥ 82
B≥ 75
B-≥ 70
C+≥ 65
C≥ 60
C-≥ 55
D+≥ 50
D≥ 45
D-≥ 40
E< 40

How to succeed in this course: (1) 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. (2) Read the assigned chapters before coming to lecture. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. (3) Work as many problems as possible on a weekly basis; the assigned (graded) ones 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. These will be posted on the course page, once they are established. (4) Keep up on a regular basis; cramming doesn’t work for learning physics.

PHY2053 e-Learning WEBsite: The lectures notes, exam grades, quiz grades, homework grades, and estimated course grades will be posted at the PHY2053 e-Learning WEBsite.

Honor Code: The UF Honor Code applies to all aspects of this course. It is required that you report any possible infractions to your instructor immediately. Honor Code

Students with disabilities: Students requesting classroom accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Dean of Students Office. 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.