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PHY2060, periods 2 and 3

PHY 2060 - Enriched physics 1 - Fall 2013

Lectures: TuTh 8:30-10:25 (periods 2 and 3) in NPB 1002

Instructor: Steven Detweiler
Office: NPB 2174
Email: det@phys.ufl.edu

Office hours:
   Wed   1:00-2:00 and Thu   3:00-3:50pm
Do not drop by my office before class on Tuesdays or Thursdays. I am always busy going over my lecture notes at that time.

Textbook: Resnick, Halliday, Krane: Physics, Volume 1.


Announcements will be posted here during the semester. Please refer to this web-page regularly.

Warning: If you are reading this on the Honors Program website, then it is likely to be out of date. You are strongly encouraged to access current PHY 2060 information on the Physics Department web site:


Please read the Syllabus thoroughly it contains much useful information.

Reading assignments are given on the Schedule, which also gives the test days.

Assigned weekly homework is accessible through the e-Learning website. Homework will be posted at least a week before it is due, except for the very first assignment which will be posted by Thursday Aug. 22, our first class meeting. Homework is typically due at the beginning of class on every Tuesday. We go over the homework at the start of class on Tuesday's so no late homework will be accepted.

If you are concerned if this is the proper course for you, then you might wish to read the Math Self-assessment which is available following the Miscellaneous link above. Informative Frequently asked questions or what I like to call Excerpts from Email are also available following the Miscellaneous link.

Starting on Tuesday Aug. 27, there will be a series of quizzes given on each Tuesday so that you will be able to gauge whether or not this is the proper physics course for you. The last of these trial quizzes will be on September 17. If you are considering a transfer into PHY2048, you should discuss that possibility with me as soon as possible. The transfer must be completed by Monday Sept. 23, and you would then take the first midterm exam in PHY2048 during the evening of Sept. 23.

There are two tests scheduled during the semester (see the course schedule), and a final exam on Friday, December 13 at 7:30am. There are no make-up tests.

We will be discussing various aspects of Einstein's Theory of Relativity (typically referred to as "relativity" by physicists) throughout the semester. This is always an interesting and challenging part of the course. If you are interested and know a bit about relativity already, then I suggest taking a look at an exceptionally good treatment of relativity available on line at

Taylor and Wheeler Spacetime Physics

What is available is about half of a book that was published when I was a freshman. At that time I couldn't possibly believe that relativity had anything to do with the real world---its quite surprising.