PHY 2060 - Enriched Physics I with Calculus - Fall 2012


Overview and Prerequisites:
PHY 2060 is an introductory course in mechanics, covering aspects of kinematics and dynamics (both linear and rotational), conservation laws, harmonic motion, and special relativity.
Corequisite: MAC 2312 or equivalent.
Note: Students enrolled in this class may also enroll in the corresponding lab, PHY2048L.

Textbook and Reading Assignments:
This course will use Resnick, Halliday, Krane: Physics, Volume 1 [5th Edition, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-32057-9]* as the primary textbook. You are expected to read the material to be covered in each lecture before coming to class. The lectures will cover a lot of material listed in the schedule, but they are not designed to be a substitute for the text. The lectures will consist mainly of illustrating concepts with experiments and demonstrations, discussing additional material not found in the textbook, elucidating subtle points and common mistakes, and asking questions to catch and clarify any misconceptions. The homework and exams will be based on materials covered in lectures as well as the textbook (as listed in the schedule).

*Previous editions are also acceptable.

There will be two in-class exams (see the online course schedule for the dates) and a final exam. Each of these exams will be worth a total of 50 points.

Homeworks and Quizzes:
Homework will typically be assigned during class every Tuesday and Thursday and will consist of one to two problems that will be due at the beginning of the following class meeting. Student cooperation and discussion regarding homework is strongly encouraged, however your solution must be hand written in your handwriting. Each problem will be graded on a scale of 0-2 (i.e. 2 points for a complete and correct solution, 1 point for a partially correct solution and 0 points for an incorrect solution). You can expect about 60 problems (throughout the whole semester), with a maximum possible score of ~120. However, the final homework grade will be calculated based on 100 points. This is intended to accommodate the possibility of missed homework problems due to unexpected circumstances.

Similarly, there will be an in class quiz each Thursday, which will typically consist of one to two problems, which will be graded in the same manner as the homework questions. You can expect that there will be about 30 quiz problems (throughout the whole semester), with a maximum score of ~60; however the final quiz grade will be calculated based on 50 points. This is intended to accommodate the possibility of missed quizzes problems due to unexpected circumstances.

Overall Course Grade: The maximum number of points possible is 300, 150 points from exams, 100 from homework and 50 from quizzes. The corresponding letter grade ranges are:

Grading Procedure (points)
Exam 150
Exam 250
Final Exam50
Grading Scale
A- ≥ 250
B- ≥ 200
C- ≥ 150
D- ≥ 100

PHY2060 E-Learning Website: All lectures notes, homework, quiz and and exam grades (and eventually final grades) will be posted at the PHY2060 E-Learning Website.

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.

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 Other Resources: