PHY 2054 - Physics II - Summer C 2016


Homework: Working the weekly Connect 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 understanding physics without working out problems is basically impossible.

Students who expect to do well in this course are to keep a homework notebook for every Connect problem. This homework notebook is to be where the student will (1) obtain symbolic/closed-form answers to all problems (guidance in this will be provided by my own solutions), (2) draw detailed schematics for the problem illustrating relevant masses, lengths, charges, and intervals of time, (3) furnish an itemization of which quantities are givens, which are unknowns, and which are "placeholder" variables (4) develop notation for the problem, (5) carry out from-scratch derivations of necessary formulas (and what is “scratch” will be taught in lecture and discussion) (6) write a note of the generality of the calculation if relevant, (7) write a check of units and dimensions, (8) check limiting cases (those doable without calculus), (9) note alternate formulations of the problem which will nearly always be the topic of the quiz (the symbolic solution in (1) facilitates this) (10) carry out whatever else helps in understanding the problem deeply. A homework notebook should not contain the possibly-messy scratchwork from the first drafts of solving the problem, but rather a final drafting that records the level of understanding of the problem you attained. Keeping such a homework-notebook is a sure way to score highly on the discussion-section quizzes, which are free-response. For, as you practice the process of working out multiple draftings of the solution to a problem, (like anything one practices) you'll carry out the process quicker and quicker, and ultimately be able to work at a level of speed and accuracy needed to score well on the discussion quizzes.

The assigned (graded) homework constitutes a minimal set; you would do well to do additional problems beyond these (particularly if you notice that you struggle with the problems on the homework). 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 problems, as well as some extras.  There are answers to a subset of the problems in the chapters at the back of the book.

While you can simply log onto the Canvas system and do the Connect 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) online. The Connect system will provide you with instant feedback on whether or not your answer is correct, and you will be permitted a large number of 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. If you must arrive late or leave early, please be discreet so as to not disrupt your classmates. You may use your time in class in any way you wish: take notes, answer HITT questions, read the textbook, play on your (silenced) cellphone, read the newspaper, whisper to your classmate, etc. If you are to do non-physics-related things in class, please do so discreetly.

Overall Course Grade: Your course letter grade will be based on a scale shown in the table below. The scale may be changed (at the discretion of course-administration) to bring letter grades up, but never down. 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. Those who do not do the work will score accordingly. Your overall course score will be calculated to 5 significant figures. Note that we normalize quiz grades so that all TAs have approximately the same quiz average. Quiz grades in all sections are adjusted upwards to the highest average, but never downwards to maintain fairness across all the sections.
Grading Procedure
Exam 1 18.75%
Exam 2 18.75%
Exam 3 18.75%
Final Exam 18.75%
Quizzes* 20%
Homework* 5%
Total 100%
HITT bonus** 5%
* 0.9 forgiveness factor applied.
**20% will be dropped.
Grading Scale (fixed)
A ≥95
A- ≥90
B+ ≥85
B ≥80
B- ≥75
C+ ≥70
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 Disscussion TA'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 on the PHY2054 e-Learning Canvas course page.

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.