Prof. John Yelton
yelton at phys.ufl.edu
2201D New Physics Building
|Course Teaching Assistant:
asaugust1 @ ufl.edu
1228 New Physics Building
We want you to be able to get whatever help you need. You are free to e-mail the
instructor and/or TA to book a time for extra help in person or through the
chat-room. You are encouraged to use the on-line forums (discussions) to pose questions
which will then be answered in a timely manner.
Douglas Giancoli, "The Ideas of Physics", 3rd edition, published by Brooks/Cole.
The textbook is advised, but not obligatory. Note that this is an old book. There are many
copies available second hand in auction sites and online booksellers. We have deliberately
chosen a book that should not cost you a lot of money - $20 should buy a decent copy.
High school math (basic algebra, geometry and trignometry) is expected.
The course is divided into topics thus:
Introduction to Physics
Description of Motion and Falling Bodies
Circular Motion and Newtonian Gravity
Work and Energy
Rotational Motion and Equilibrium
Structure of Matter
Fluids and Archimedes Principle
Temperature and Heat
Waves and Sound
Magnets and Magnetism
Maximum total possible 100 points
The 100% consists of 4 components:
Multiple-choice, online, quizzes after each section: 10 points
Test 1: 30 points
Test 2: 30 points
Test 3(final): 30 points
Although this is a web-based course, you must be here on UF campus for the three
tests. These are the only times you need to be here. If you cannot be here at those
times/dates, please contact us immediately to see if alternative arrangements can be
The tests are "short answers" rather than multiple choice. They are closed book and
closed note, but essential formulae are given. In general all answers are considered
"right" or "wrong". The following is the guaranteed grading scale:
Philosophy of the course:
This course is designed for people who do not necessarily have a background in physics and
can be taken by people who want a one semester overview of physics. It counts
as a Physical Science for "P" credits. It may be useful for students, especially those
who have not taken a physics course in high school, as extra preparation for Physics I
courses such as PHY 2053 and PHY 2048.
There is no obligatory homework.
Students are expected to listen to and watch the online lectures (which are interspersed
with demonstrations), and work through the problems themselves before looking at the video
solutions. Sample tests are available for a last stage of preparation.
"Real" office hours, forums for questions, and online chat are
Online quizzes are given at the end of every section. This will help students stay on-track.
ALL WEB-BASED MATERIAL IS TO BE FOUND ON E-LEARNING
Calender of Events
Note that quizzes are due on specific days, but they are open for submissions weeks in advance. You are
encouraged to NOT wait till the last day!
July 1st - First day of "class".
July 8th Quizzes due on "Introduction to PHY2020", "Math Review", "Description of Motion and Falling Bodies"
July 15th Quizzes due on "Newton's Laws" and "Circular Moion and Gravity", "Work and Energy"
July 18th Test#1 all sections up to the end of "Work and Energy" 5.00-6.50 p.m. location NPB
July 19th Quiz due on "Momentum" "Rotational Motion" and "Equilibrium"
July 24th Quizzes due on "Structure of Matter" and "Fluids"
July 26th Test#2 sections from "Momentum" through "Fluids" 5.00-6.50 p.m. location NPB
July 29th Quizzes due on "Temperature and Heat" and "Waves and Sound"
August 2rd Quizzes due on "Waves and Sounds" and "Electrostatics" and "Electric Current"
Aug 5th Quizzes due on "Magnets and Magnetism" and "Light Rays"
Aug 8th Final Exam - emphasis on "Temperature and Heat" through "Light Rays", 5.00-7.00 p.m. NPB
Hints on how to do well:
Listen to every lecture. The course is based on the lectures
(which are not full 50 minutes, but rather snippets of a 5-10 minutes at a time).
Remember, the syllabus is defined
by what is covered in lectures. You will not be tested on material not
presented on the web, whereas the book also covers other material which
you are NOT expected to know.
The course lectures are available through e-learning by Sakai(click
here, select 2020 and then
"PHY2020 Web Course" on the left menu.)
Click here for a sample lecture.
It is important that you have an internet connection good enough to watch and listen
to this lecture comfortably, or you will find this course frustrating! If you are having problems
getting the link to work (especially those with a mac), there are suggestions on e-learning or
you can e-mail the teaching assistant.
Do not leave it too late:. The material is VERY concentrated. If you leave it all
to the last minute you will probably not understand it well and will not have a chance
to get it clarified.
Please make sure from the beginning that you are available for the exams. Make-ups
will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the instructor.
Students requesting classroom accommodation 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 accomodation.
Information on current UF grading policies for assigning grade points can be
found in the undergraduate catalog