PHY 2054 - Physics II - Fall 2013


Homework: Working the weekly WebAssign problem sets is the most important element of the course. It is critical that you do them, not only for receiving homework grade credit, but because you cannot understand physics without working out problems. In fact, the assigned (graded) homework constitutes a minimal set; you would do well to do additional problems beyond these (particularly if you notice that you struggled with the problems you did.) If you don’t conscientiously work problems, you are very unlikely to pass the discussion section quizzes, in-class exams, or ultimately, the course. Work on the assigned, as well as some extra problems.  There are answers to a subset of the problems in the chapters at the back of the book.

WebAssign will provide solutions for about half of the assigned problems (after 3 incorrect tries). Solutions can be helpful when you really get stuck, but over reliance on these will lead to disaster. It would be like learning to drive by watching a driving instruction video. Until you get behind the wheel yourself and practice, you won’t really learn.

While you can simply log onto the WebAssign system and work out the problems given there, another approach is recommended. The problem numbers given in the Schedule correspond to the end of chapter problems as they appear in the text. Apart from small changes in the parameter values, these are the problems you will get on the on-line system. It is recommended that you work the assigned end of chapter problems, to your satisfaction, and then redo them (with the new parameters, as given) on-line. The WebAssign system will provide you with instant feedback on whether or not your answer is correct, and you will be permitted five tries (until the due date/time) to get the answer right, and receive credit.

Lecture Attendance: You are encouraged to come and gain the benefit of the explanations, worked examples, demonstrations and tricks of the trade.  Classes will begin and end on time; please come on time and do not leave early; doing so in a large class can be quite disruptive. Please do not read non-course related material during class and PLEASE turn off all electronics (radios, cell phones, mp3 players) other than a calculator.

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. Thus, there is no preconceived percentage of the class that can receive A’s (scores 85% or better). Those who do not do the work will score accordingly. Your overall course score will be calculated to 5 significant figures and there is no rounding off.
Grading Procedure
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Final Exam 20%
Quizzes* 20%
Homework* 20%
Total 100%
HITT bonus** 5%
*10% will be dropped.
**20% will be dropped.
Grading Scale (fixed)
A ≥90
A- ≥ 85
B+ ≥ 80
B ≥ 75
B- ≥70
C+ ≥ 65
C ≥ 60
C- ≥ 55
D+ ≥ 50
D ≥45
D- ≥ 40
E < 40
A formula for estimating your overall course grade as we go along can be found here: PHY2054 Overall Grade Formula.

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.

PHY2054 e-Learning website: The lectures notes, exam grades, quiz grades, homework grades, and estimated course grades will be posted at PHY2054 e-Learning.

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

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 when requesting accommodation.