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PHY 3323 (Electromagnetism 1), Spring Term 2016

Final Exam: Thursday, April 28, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, NPB 1002

Instructor:  Amlan Biswas

Office: 2255 NPB  Phone:  392-8592
Lab: B32 NPB Phone:  392-3667
Fax: 392-3591

Class hours and location: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 4, 10:40 am-11:30 am; NPB 1002.

Office hours: Monday: period 7,
Wednesday: period 9, Friday: period 8. At other times you can make an appointment or look for me in my office or lab.

Textbook: The required text is D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, (4th edition, Prentice Hall) ISBN: 9780321856562.

Prereq: PHY 2061 or PHY 2049, MAP 2302 or equivalent

Synopsis: First part of the PHY 3323/4324 sequence in electromagnetism. Course covers static electric and magnetic fields, electric circuits, and Maxwell's equations.

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

Grading policy:

Homework based quizzes: There will be approximately nine UNGRADED homework assignments during the semester, usually assigned on Fridays. Partial solutions to the homework will be made available on the course website 3 to 4 days later. About nine days after the homework is assigned, there will be a short (15 minutes) in-class quiz based on that homework (usually on Mondays). There will a total of 9 such quizzes and the minimum score will be dropped. These quizzes will be worth 16% 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. You can bring your own work for the corresponding homework assignment.

ALC quiz: During one class in the last two weeks of classes there will be a mandatory multiple choice quiz to test your overall understadning of electromagnetism. This quiz will be worth 4% of your grade.

Mid-term tests: There will be THREE MID-TERM TESTS of 110 minutes duration (8:20 pm to 10:10 pm), scheduled for January 26, February 23, and March 29. Each of these tests will be worth 20% of the total grade. Hence the mid-term tests will constitute 60% of the total grade. The mid-term tests will be based on the homeworks assigned in the previous weeks. I will provide the formula sheets for the tests about 4 days before the test.

Make-up test: If a situation satisfies the make-up policy (see below) a make-up test will be given in the last week of classes . This test will replace one of the mid-terms. 

Final exam: There will be a two hour, cumulative final exam. Details about the exam format will be posted here.  I will provide the formula sheet for the exam on the last day of class. The final exam will be worth 20% of the total grade.

Grade calculation:

3 mid-term tests
20% each for a total of 60%
ALC quiz 4%
9 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 Mondays. Make up quizzes/exams will be given for valid excused absences. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical reasons or family emergencies. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at:

Holidays (no classes): Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18), Spring Break (February 29, March 2, 4).

Class to be rescheduled: March 14

Course evaluations: Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

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 with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation
letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

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.

Location: NPB 32 and 28
Gainesville, FL 32611-8440
Ph: (Lab) (352) 392 3667
Last updated: 1/2/16 by Amlan Biswas