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PHY2061 (Enriched Physics 2), fall term 2011

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 am to 9:30 am, NPB 1002
Instructor:  Amlan Biswas
Office: 2255 NPB 
Phone:  392-8592
Lab: B32 NPB
Phone:  392-3667
Fax: 392-3591
Class hours: Tuesday and Thursday, period 2 and 3, 8:30 am-10:25 am.

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, period 4 and 5, 10:40 am-12:35 pm. At other times you can make an appointment or look for me in my office or lab.

Textbook: The required text is David Halliday, Robert Resnick, and Kenneth S. Krane, Physics, Volume 2
(5th edition, Wiley) ISBN: 0471401943.
Prereq: PHY 2060; Coreq: MAC 2313 or the equivalent

Synopsis: Second course of the enriched sequence. Electricity and magnetism, including electrostatics, Gauss's Law, potentials, vector analysis, Laplace's equation, conductors and insulators, circuits, magnetism, Maxwell's equations and EM fields in matter.

Course objectives: To obtain a thorough understanding of electrostatic interactions, magnetic interactions and electromagnetic waves. Applications to modern technology will be emphasized along with a historical perspective.

Grading policy:

Homework: There will be approximately four GRADED homework assignments during the semester, usually assigned on Tuesdays, due a week later and will be returned to the student a week after the due date. Make your solutions neat, concise, and intelligible. Points may be deducted if it is difficult to find and/or understand the solutions. Late homework: 75% credit for 1 day late, 50% credit for 2 days late, 0% thereafter. In addition, there will be approximately five UNGRADED homeworks during the semester. These homeworks are for practice and preparation for THREE IN-CLASS TESTS. The graded homeworks will be worth 10% of the total grade.

In-class tests : In addition to the homework assignments, there will be THREE IN-CLASS TESTS of 115 minutes duration, tentatively scheduled for September 22, October 20, and November 17 . Each of these tests will be worth 20% of the total grade. Hence the in-class tests will constitute 60% of the total grade. The in-class tests will be based on the homeworks assigned in the previous weeks which will also serve as a formula sheet for the in-class test.

In-class quizzes: 10-minute in-class quizzes will usually be on thursdays. These quizzes will be entirely based on conceptual questions. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. The in-class quizzes will constitute 10% of your total grade. Discussion among students will be allowed during the in-class quizzes.

Final exam: There will be a two hour, cumulative final exam. Details about the exam format will be posted here. You should make your own formula sheets for the final exam (six double sided letter sized sheets). The final exam will be worth 20% of the total grade.

Grade calculation:

3 in-class tests
20% each for a total of 60%
In-class quizzes
Final exam

Here is a guideline for your final letter grade: 85%-100%, some type of A; 65%-84%, some type of B; 50%-64%, some type of C; below 50, will be decided by the instructor. These numbers may be lowered, depending upon numerous factors, but will not be raised. The course grades are not curved. Link to UF grading policy.

Attendance and make up assignments/tests: Regular attendance is expected but not enforced. In class quizzes are announced in advance and are usually on Thursdays. Make up assignements/exams will be given for valid excused absences. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies.

Holidays (no classes): Thanksgiving: November 24.

Rescheduled class: The August 30 class will be rescheduled preferably to sometime during the week of November 28. Convenient times will be discussed in class.

Outside Help Services: The Teaching Center in Broward Hall (tel. 392-2010) offers a range of free services, including individual tutoring in physics. 

Accommodations: Students requesting classroom accommodations must first register with the Disabilities Resources Program, located in the Dean of Students Office, P202 Peabody Hall. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student, who must then deliver this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodations.

Academic Honesty: All University of Florida students are required to abide by the University's Academic Honesty Guidelines and by the Honor Code, which reads as follows: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." Cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines will not be tolerated and will be pursued through the University's adjudication procedures.

Last modified: 8/19/11 by Amlan Biswas

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