PHY 2054 (Physics 2 without Calculus) Spring 2013


Date Announcement
May 3

Dear students,

As you know, we've been working on grades during the entire week. This is a complicated process because we had to account for makeup exams, different TA quiz averages and individual complicated cases in such a way that we act fairly to all 600 students in the course. As we've explained over the semester, fairness applied to such a large course disallows special makeup work for a few students to overcome low grades.

We also studied the grade boundaries in great detail, looking at recent historical data in all four large Physics lecture courses with an eye to maintaining consistency. We then adjusted all the grade boundaries downwards (by different amounts) to make our grade distribution similar to that of the other large Physics courses for the past few semesters. We paid particular attention to the C-/C boundary to see where that dividing line should be drawn. The letter grades were made visible this morning and we are trying to get them uploaded today.

It's been a great semester and we enjoyed teaching and interacting with you all, both in and out of class. No doubt sitting in a large lecture hall with 200+ fellow students is less rewarding than interacting and discussing in a small class, but we hope that there was ample opportunity to develop your quantitative reasoning skills by analytically dissecting and solving relatively complicated situations. Several of you commented during office hours that the rigor required in our university physics courses is substantially higher than what you encountered in high school or even other college physics courses. That of course is the value added by institutions like University of Florida, so we hope that you benefit from that rigor in your future careers, which increasingly require analytical reasoning and problem solving skills.

Have a fun summer and good luck in your future career at UF and after!

Paul Avery
Zongan Qiu

May 1 Final exam solution is now on Sakai under the old-exams link on the left side navigation bar. Please let us know if there are any problems understanding the solution or any improvements in wording.

We are still working on grades. We adjusted the quizzes so that every TA has approximately the same quiz average. All adjustments are positive (we did not lower any quiz scores), but obviously some adjustments are larger than others depending on the TA.
Apr. 29 Final exam: We are still working on final grades, so things are still in flux. The final exam average was 12.0 (slightly higher than exam2). You can find the key on the old-exams link in Sakai and the histogram on the exams page. We will post the final exam solutions after we finish with the grades.
Apr. 27 Final exam directions.
Apr. 24 Makeup room: The Makeup exam will be Thursday in room 1101 (big room in middle of lobby) from 3:00-5:00. If there is a problem with that room, then we will move students into a nearby room.
Apr. 15 Final exam room assignments: The final exam takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 12:30-2:30. Students are assigned to an exam room based on the first letter of your last name (family name). The room assignments are shown here. For security reasons, you must go to the correct room!
MCCC 100: A-E
FLI 50: F-J
CSE A101: K-N
CLB C130: O-S
MCCA G186: T-Z
Apr. 2 Final exam info: The final exam takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 12:30-2:30 (corrected time!). Although the exam is worth 25 points, it will have 20 questions (1.25 pts apiece), 10 taken from the material since exam 2 and 10 covering material covered in exams 1 and 2. (You will only be responsible for sections 1&2 in Chap. 21). Two formula sheets are allowed this time.

We will not say anything specific about where we will draw material for questions, but one good source will be assigned homework, class examples and clicker quizzes, and the material on exams 1 & 2.
Mar. 21 Exam 2 grades uploaded: After many difficulties with Sakai, we managed late Thursday to upload all the scores to Sakai. The average was 11.94.

We made a mistake in the direction of the B field in the problem involving a square loop lying on a table, so we decided to give everyone credit for that problem, although the majority of students picked out the "correct" answer.

The exam answer key and solutions were posted on the old-exams link in e-Learning. The histogram of scores is now posted on the exams page. Please let us know if the solution has any mistakes or wording that can be improved.
Mar. 20 Exam 2 directions
Mar. 18 Exam 2 room assignments: Exam 2 takes place Wednesday, Mar. 20 from 8:20 - 10:20. Students are assigned to an exam room based on the first letter of your last name (family name). The room assignments are shown here. For security reasons, you must go to the correct room!

WEIM 1064: A-E
NRN 137: F-L
BRY 130: M-O
MCCC 100: P-S
FLI 50: T-Z
Mar. 17 Review session: Sean Jones, the Supplemental Instruction teacher, will host a review Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 in room 1001 Physics (large lecture room).
Feb. 13 Exam 1 scores: Exam 1 results were posted to e-Learning this afternoon. The average was 11.3. The exam key and solution are on e-Learning, and posted on the old-exams web page. The histogram of scores is posted on the exams page.
Feb. 6 Supplemental Review for Exam 1: Sean Jones will hold a supplemental review in Williamson 100 on Monday, Feb. 11 from 5:10 - 7:10PM. Please take advantage of this opportunity.
Feb. 6 Exam 1 room assignments: Exam 1 takes place Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 8:20 - 10:20. Students are assigned to an exam room based on the first letter of your last name (family name). The room assignments are shown here. For security reasons, you must go to the correct room!

CAR 100: A-L
NPB 1001: M-P
PUGH 170: Q-Z
Jan. 22 Supplemental Instruction: UF is now offering special review classes three times per week led by a Physics major. Please see the Office Hours page for times and locations.

Students with Disabilities: Make sure you fill out the ATR form now, not the week of the exam. We have an ATR form already filled out.
Jan. 21 Dr. Avery had to go out of town and will be gone this week. He will not have his regular office hours this week, but will do extra office hours on Monday afternoon, Jan. 28.
Jan. 15 Old exams are now available on e-Learning. The link is on the left-hand navigation bar. Lecure notes are posted under Resources.
Jan. 14 Exam 1 and 2 dates fixed: We finally received confirmation from the Registrar about the exam dates. Exam 1 is Feb. 12 (Tues) and Exam 2 is Mar. 20 (Wed). We have already updated the exams and schedule pages.

HITT registration: Please register your remote!

WebAssign: First homework is due Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Tea & Cookies is hosted Tuesday, Jan. 15 by Prof. Qiu.
Jan. 8 HITT points and registration: Please register your remote on the HITT page. Once you provide your UFID and transmitter ID (6 digts on the back of your transmitter), the software will link your name to the transmitter and the points you accumulate will be assigned to your name. Otherwise, the points accumulate but we have no way to assign them to you.

You can only use your HITT transmitter in one class period. Once you register for the period you want, your points will accumulate only for that period (just because your box shows on the screen doesn't mean that the points are assigned to your name). You will not get credit for points accumulated in the other period. The reason for this is that that the periods are graded independently: we use different questions and even different numbers of questions for each period.
Jan. 8 WebAssign password: You can set your password yourself in WebAssign even if you cannot get in. First, try to login to WebAssign using your GatorLink name and UFID as your password (or another password that you already had switched to). If that doesn't work, click on the link "Reset Password" just above the password box and WebAssign will mail instructions to your account on how to change your password. Note that we have set all email addresses in WebAssign to addresses and eliminated any commercial email addresses.

Please email us about WebAssign problems only after you have tried this procedure, or you do not see the course PHY 2054 once you are logged into WebAssign or you are having other troubles.
Jan. 8 Students with Disabilities: Students requesting classroom accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide you with documentation that you will provide to the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Please print and fill out the Accommodated Test Request (ATR) Form, and return it to the Disability Resource Center (DCR) at least one week before the first exam. The Accommodated Testing Service (ATS) at DCR will administer all exams.
Jan. 8 Lectures start Tuesday January 8 (period 4 & 5) in Physics 1001. The class schedule shows the lecture schedule, exam dates, and on-line homework due dates.
Discussion sections start Wednesday January 9.
Quizzes begin in the discussion sections in the week of January 21.
Exam 1 & 2 dates have not been assigned by the Registrar yet
Jan. 8 Quick Links: