PHY 2054 Fall 2015
PHY 2054 "Coordinator"
The PHY 2054 coordinator is
responsible for the following:
- Maintaining the three WEBsites
- Maintaining the grades
- The Estimated and Overall Course Grades
- The McGrawHillConnect On-Line Homework
- Organize the Quizzes
- The Exams, Final Exam, and Make-Up Exam
(with input from Andrey Korytov)
PHY 2054 WEBsites:
There are three PHY2054 WEBsites that you will need to use.
PHY 2054 Textbook:
- The textbook for the course is McGraw-Hill, Physics (with McGrawHillConnect),
Volume 2, 2nd Edtion, by: Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson
(ISBN: 9780077320638). Note that this ISBN number is unique to the University of Florida
and is sold only at local bookstores. It includes both the textbook and a code used for the
Connect online homework. If you prefer you can purchase
the textbook and the Connect online homework separately.
PHY 2054 Lecturers
PHY 2054 Lectures (TR 2 & 3):
- The lecture notes will be posted on the Sakai PHY2054 e-Learning WEBsite.
- The PHY 2054 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 Tuesday September 1, 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 2054 Discussion Sections and Quizzes:
Your quizzes will be graded on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0 and will count 15% 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 11, 2015.
10% of the quizzes will be dropped.
The overall grade formula (PDF) shows how your quiz grade is calculated.
- Discussion sections will start the first day of classes and meet twice per week.
- They will emphasize problem solving.
- Quizzes will be given during many of your discussion section meetings (10 total quizzes).
(starting September 9-10, 2015)
- The quizzes will test how well you learned the concepts and methods of the previous weeks
McGrawHillConnect on-line homework problems.
- The quiz will be very closely related to your on-line homework problems. No Crib Sheets for the quizzes
*Quizzes are in the discussion sections.
|PHY2054 Quiz Schedule*
|3||1||(MW & WF) Wednesday 9/9/15|
(TR) Thursday 9/10/15
|4||2||(MW & WF) Wednesday 9/16/15|
(TR) Thursday 9/17/15
|5||3||(MW & WF) Wednesday 9/23/15|
(TR) Thursday 9/24/15
|6||4||(TR) Tuesday 9/29/15|
(MW & WF) Wednesday 9/30/15
|8||5||(MW & WF) Wednesday 10/14/15|
(TR) Thursday 10/15/15
|9||6||(MW & WF) Wednesday 10/21/15|
(TR) Thursday 10/22/15
|10||7||(MW & WF) Wednesday 10/28/15|
(TR) Thursday 10/29/15
|11||8||(TR) Tuesday 11/3/15|
(MW & WF) Wednesday 11/4/15
|13||9||(MW & WF) Wednesday 11/18/15|
(TR) Thursday 11/19/15
|16||10||(TR) Tuesday 12/8/15|
(MW & WF) Wednesday 12/9/15
PHY 2054 Exams and Final:
The two in-term exams and the final exam will be equally weighted and count for 75% of the overall course grade.
None of the exam grades will be dropped.
Previous exams will be posted on the PHY2054 course 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.
- 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).
- You will not be allowed to bring crib sheets or notes to the exams and cell phones may not be used.
We will provide a formula sheet on the exam. This formula sheet will contain information necessary to
do the problems. The formula sheet will be posted on the PHY2054 course WEBsite a week before your exam so
that you can see what information will be on the exam.
- 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 9, 2015. The grade on this make-up exam will replace the missed exam.
*Room assignments are based on the first letter of your last name.
|PHY2054 Exam Schedule
|Wednesday 9/30/15||Exam 1||Chapters 16.1-18.10||8:20pm-10:10pm||TBA
|Tuesday 11/3/15||Exam 2||Chapters 19.1-21.7||8:20pm-10:10pm||TBA
|Wednesday 12/9/15||Make-Up||Chapters 16.1-25.9||5:10pm-7:05pm||TBA
|Saturday 12/12/15||Final Exam||Chapters 16.1-25.9||10:00am-noon||TBA
PHY 2054 On-Line Homework:
McGrawHillConnect ON-LINE HOMEWORK
(due by 11:00pm on the dates shown below)
and enter your Gatorlink E-mail address. Note: You must use your Gatorlink E-mail address!
- To get onto the online homework system you will need to enter the access code that came with the hardcopy textbook.
- To login on McGrawHillConnect
The first online homework assignment is due by 11:00pm on Sunday September 6, 2015.
The assigned problems and due dates are shown below.
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.
McGrawHillConnect Homework Problems:
Do not delay in logging-on/registering on the system. Not getting your homework in because you waited to the
last minute and had trouble registering will not excuse you from the resulting zero on the homework assignment.
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.
- 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).
- On HW Set 1 you will be given two attempts to do the assignment (with your best score counting) and five tries
per problem. On all the other HW assignments you will be given one attempt to do the assignment and you will have five tries
per problem to get the correct answer. You will not be counted off for "significant figures",
however, your answer must be correct to within 5%.
- You can save your work and come back later to complete the assignment. Once you have completed the assignment click submit.
Any problems left blank will be graded as wrong!
- Your assignment will automatically be submitted and graded "as-is" at 11:00 pm on the due date!
- For most of the problems McGrawHillConnect will give you a "hint" after the third incorrect try and
for some of the problems McGrawHillConnect will give you the solution after the assignment due date.
Your homework scores will be weighted by how well you do on the quiz that follows the homework assignment. For example,
if HWn is your score on the nth homework assignment and Qn is
your score on the nth quiz, then you will receive the following quiz×homework grade:
(Q×HW)n = Qn × HWn/5. However, if your quiz score is 4 points or higher (out of 5 points)
then you will receive full credit for the corresponding homework assignment no matter what your homework score was on
that assignment (even if you did not do the homework assignment!), and full credit for the corresponding quiz×homework grade.
There is no associated quiz for HW Set 10. For the Set 10 assignment, (Q×HW)10 = HW10.
The assigned on-line homework problems, the due dates, and the dates of the associated quiz are shown below.
The quiz×homework portion of the course will count for 10% of the overall course grade.
To provide a measure of forgiveness for illnesses and possible network problems, 10% of the quiz×homework scores
will be dropped in evaluating your final grade.
The course grade formula (PDF) shows how your quiz×homework points are calculated.
|PHY2054 McGrawHillConnect On-Line Homework Schedule
|Material||Associated Quiz (date)
|HW Set 1||Sunday September 6||Chapter 16: 2, 6, 15, 18, 22, 24, 28, 50, 57, 62||Quiz 1 (9/9-9/10)
|HW Set 2||Sunday September 13||Chapter 17: 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 20, 33, 39, 48||Quiz 2 (9/16-9/17)
|HW Set 3||Sunday September 20||Charper 17: 54, 71, 76, 84|
Charper 18: 7, 11, 12, 16, 23, 29
|Quiz 3 (9/23-9/24)
|HW Set 4||Sunday September 27||Chapter 18: 37, 40, 41, 52, 59, 69, 78, 80, 83, 89||Quiz 4 (9/29-9/30)
|HW Set 5||Sunday October 11||Chapter 19.1-19.10||Quiz 5 (10/14-10/15)
|HW Set 6||Sunday October 18||Chapter 20.1-20.7||Quiz 6 (10/21-10/22)
|HW Set 7||Sunday October 25||Chapter 20.8-21.2||Quiz 7 (10/28-10/29)
|HW Set 8||Sunday November 1||Chapter 21.3-21.7||Quiz 8 (11/3-11/4)
|HW Set 9||Sunday November 15||Chapter 22.1-23.5||Quiz 9 (11/18-11/19)
|HW Set 10||Sunday November 22||Chapter 23.6-24.4||None: (Q×HW)10 = HW10
|HW Set 11||Sunday December 6||Chapter 24.5-25.9||Quiz 10 (12/8-12/9)
PHY 2054 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 Tuesday September 1, 2015, 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 bonus points.
PHY 2054 Overall Course Grades:
*10% will be dropped.
|Assignment||Max Course Points
**Optional bonus points.
|Grading Scale (fixed)
- A formula for calculating your overall course grade is here.
Normalization of the Quiz Scores:
At the end of the semester we will compute the overall average quiz score for each of the PHY2054 TA's.
We will make no change to the quiz grades for those students in the classes of the TA with the highest average. We will add "bonus" quiz points to all
the other students in such a way as to make all the averages the same as the TA with the highest average. However, if doing so gives you
more than 15 points for your overall quiz grade, then you will only get the full 15 points.
Normalization of the Quiz times Homework Scores:
At the end of the semester after the quiz grades are normalized we will recalculate the Quiz times Homework scores.
However, if doing so gives you more than 10 points for your overall QxHW grade, then you will only get the full 10 points.
Students with Disabilities (New for Fall 2015!):
Students requesting special accomodations
on the in-term exams and the final exam must follow the new instructions at
UF DSO. Students must initiate
an accommodated testing request (ATR) for each exam to be scheduled at the DRC (i.e. Exam 1, Exam 2, Final Exam).
The PHY2054 instructors will review the request via E-mail and either accept or decline the request as submitted.
The ATR must be completed at least four (4) business days before the scheduled exam date.
The Accommodated Testing Service (ATS) at DRC will then administer the exam.
How to Succeed in PHY2054:
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 (practice) 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 25, 2015