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PHY2061 (Enriched Physics 2), spring term 2013

Final Exam: Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 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, 10:40 am-11:30 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 based quizzes: There will be approximately eight UNGRADED homework assignments during the semester, usually assigned on Thursdays. The solutions to the homework will be made available on the course website 3 to 4 days later. A week after the homework is assigned, there will be a short (20 minutes) in-class quiz based on that homework. There will a total of 8 such quizzes and the minimum score will be dropped. These quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. The problems will be multiple choice but partial credit will be given if the calculations are shown to be partially correct. See calendar for quiz dates. 1 letter sized page (both sides) will be allowed as a formula sheet.

In-class tests : There will be THREE IN-CLASS TESTS of 115 minutes duration, tentatively scheduled for January 24, February 14, and March 19 . 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. Formula sheets from the previous quizzes will be allowed.

Final exam: There will be a two hour, cumulative final exam. Details about the exam format will be posted here. Formula sheets from previous tests/quizzes will be allowed. The final exam will be worth 20% of the total grade.

Grade calculation:

3 in-class tests
20% each for a total of 60%
8 minus 1 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 quizzes/exams will be given for valid excused absences. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies.

Holidays (no classes): Spring Break, March 5, March 7

Rescheduled Class: March 21 (new date will be determined after discussion with students)

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: 1/3/13 by Amlan Biswas

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Gainesville, FL 32611-8440
Ph: (Lab) (352) 392 3667
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