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**Fall 2015**- Section 3908**Catalog Description***Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2049 or the equivalent; Coreq: MAP 2302 or the equivalent. First part of PHY 3221/4222 sequence in classical mechanics emphasizing matrices, vector calculus, Newtonian mechanics, frames of reference, conservation laws and harmonic oscillation.*

The mathematics prerequisite is important: Algebra, trigonometry, and calculus (I, II, III) will be used extensively in this course.**Instructor**

Prof. Steve Hagen

Office: 2362 NPB

Email: sjhagen (at) ufl.edu

Office hours: These change from week to week. If you cannot make this week's scheduled hours you are welcome to contact me and make an appointment:**Grader**: A grader (TBA) will grade the HW and quizzes.**Class Meetings**

MWF 6^{th}period (12:50 pm - 1:40 pm)

Room 1002 NPB (Physics Building at Museum Rd and Lemerand Dr)**Goals**

This course is the first part of the two-semester sequence (PHY 3221-4222) in undergraduate classical mechanics. It covers Newton's dynamics at a higher mathematical and conceptual level than the elementary courses (PHY2048) and prepares the student for the Lagrange and Hamilton formulation of mechanics. These are studied in depth in the second semester (PHY4222) and are important in higher physics courses.The course begins by reviewing and revisiting some of the mathematical and physical principles that are introduced in introductory mechanics: vectors and coordinate systems, Newton's laws and inertial reference frames, linear and angular momentum and their conservation, work and energy. Along the way we will also investigate some useful and interesting applications of these ideas that entail some mathematical sophistication, including motion under a linear or quadratic drag force, motion in a magnetic field, multiparticle systems, approximation schemes, damped and driven harmonic motion and resonance. The course will also look ahead to more advanced study of mechanics by introducing Fourier analysis, the calculus of variations, and some applications.

If you choose to take this course, you should plan to spend a significant amount of time doing homework, as the

*only way*to learn physics is to work a large number of homework problems. The most common reason that some students do poorly in a physics course is a failure to engage seriously with the homework and learn to solve each assigned problem. Do not be surprised if the homework assignments take up a fair amount of your time. If you don't have time to do homework then you should not be taking this course.Fluency in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus (I, II, III) is essential as these tools are used extensively in this course. During the first week you will be asked to complete a mathematical self assessment to ensure that you have the math skills that you will need.

**Textbook (required)**- Author: John R. Taylor
- Title:
*Classical Mechanics* - Publisher: University Science Books
- List price: $101
- ISBN 978-1-891389-22-1

**Textbooks (optional)**(tba)

All dates and announcements will be posted on the Canvas site. The Canvas website has the course calendar in addition to the syllabus, homework and quiz problems and solutions, exam solutions, and various other timely information. The instructor will assume that all students check the site regularly and are familiar with the information and announcements posted there.

Obviously we follow the University of Florida academic calendar. There are several holidays in Fall 2015 that affect our class: Labor Day (Sep 7), Homecoming (Nov 6), Veterans Day (Nov 11) and Thanksgiving (Nov 25-27). Note that the official UF calendar indicates that classes will meet on the Monday (Nov 23) but not the Wednesday (Nov 25) before Thanksgiving.

The Midterm and Final Examination dates are as follows:

**Midterm Exam I: Monday September 28, 2015**(in class)**Midterm Exam II - Wednesday November 4, 2015**(in class)**Final Examination - Wednesday December 16, 2015**, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Exam group 16B

The weekly course schedule of topics will be approximately the same as last year. You can view last year's lecture notes, sorted by date, at the Files link in Canvas: Files/2014 Lecture notes.

It is often helpful to work with a friend on the homework, and I encourage you to do this if possible. But make sure that you understand each problem and that you have written out your own solution in your own words. Solutions will be posted online after each assignment is collected.

Homework (HW) will be collected in class on the due date. It will not
be accepted out of class. *Please do not* slide it under my office door,
place it in my mailbox, email it to me, etc. Each homework assignment will be graded on a
4-point scale (0-4 points). Late homework will not be graded and missed
assignments cannot be made up. If you miss a homework deadline for any
reason, there is no need for you to provide an excuse because there is
no possibility of a makeup or extension. Instead I will
drop the two lowest homework scores at the end of the semester.

We will have frequent short quizzes in-class - usually once per week. These quizzes are designed to assess whether you have read the textbook, followed the lectures, and understood the homework problems. Therefore most quiz problems will closely resemble recent homework problems, or examples discussed recently in class. Each quiz will be graded on a 4-point scale (0-4 pts). If you have been coming to class and you can do the homework, you should find the quizzes to be easy. If you are struggling on the quizzes, then it is most likely that you are not spending enough time with the homework.

Quizzes will usually be announced in advance on the Canvas site, but these announcements may be posted on rather short notice.

The last quiz of the semester, **Wednesday December 9, 2015**, will
be the mechanics portion of the "physics field test" that is required
by UF and by the State of Florida. This quiz will have a different
format (scantron, 30 minutes, no solutions posted, and comprehensive)
than the other quizzes. Because it is somewhat more complex than a
normal quiz but less than a midterm exam, it will count as both a quiz
and a homework. It is not the instructor's decision whether or not to
give this field test. Instead it is a graduation requirement for the
physics major. Read about this graduation requirement at the ALC
website. This quiz cannot be dropped or made up.

The final course grade will be determined by

- 10% - Homework assignments
- 20% - In-class quizzes
- 20% - Midterm exam #1 - in class
- 20% - Midterm exam #2 - in class
- 30% - Final Examination
*100% - Total*

Quiz and exam grades will be provided as numerical (not
letter) scores only. The only letter grade provided will be the final
course grade. This approach minimizes roundoff errors in your final grade,
so it is ultimately more fair, even if it causes some anxiety at times.
The letter grade scale applied at the end of the semester will be subject to adjustment based on overall class performance. However the following *minimum* scale is assured:

≥ 90 A ≥ 86.67 A- ≥ 83.33 B+ ≥ 80 B ≥ 76.67 B- ≥ 73.33 C+ ≥ 70 C ≥ 66.67 C- ≥ 63.33 D+ ≥ 60 D ≥ 56.67 D-

This means that a student who earns 86.67% average on all graded work
(and meets other requirements described in this syllabus) is assured *at
least* an A-, etc.

The midterm exams are given in class. The final exam is an assembly exam. All topics covered in the assigned reading and HW, or presented in lecture, are fair game for the exams and quizzes. Most of the exam questions are usually similar to previous quiz and HW questions. Most of the quiz questions are similar to recent HW questions. Therefore, you may potentially encounter the same problem three times during the semester: Once as HW, once as quiz, and once on the midterm or final exam.

During the exams and quizzes you will be provided a copy of the "official" Phy3221 formula sheet, but you may not use any other notes or books. You may bring a calculator (but not a phone, tablet, etc.).

If a graded homework paper is returned to you and you feel that your work
was not graded correctly, you may ask the HW grader to review the paper
and reconsider your grade. To request this review, please write a brief
(1-2 sentence) description of the problem on a separate sheet of paper,
attach it to your (entire) HW assignment, and return it to me (SJH).
I will pass it along to the grader, who will make the decision on whether
to adjust your grade. Keep in mind that the grader may review any and
all parts of the relevant assignment, and consequently your overall
assignment grade may go either up or down upon regrading. Also keep in
mind that the grader is doing you a courtesy with this service, and you
should not abuse this courtesy. Any requests for review should be prompt
and reasonable. The grader is not obligated to regrade an assignment
a couple of weeks or months after having graded it the first time.
And naturally, *do not even think about changing or tweaking
any part* of your homework paper before requesting regrading *of any part*.
(See Academic Honesty, below).

*Please plan carefully.* Check the midterm and final exam
dates (see above) carefully before you make any plans to travel away from campus
during the semester. If you purchase an airline ticket to travel during
the semester, and you later realize that your travel conflicts with a
scheduled exam, you will have a problem.

The final examination is comprehensive - it covers the entire semester. The date and time is fixed by the UF Registrar as Wednesday December 16, 2015 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Mark your calendar.

The Instructor believes that make-ups are intrinsically unfair. This unfairness can be mitigated (but not eliminated) by keeping the number of make-ups to an absolute minimum. Therefore there will be no makeups for missed quizzes or homework. A make-up for a missed exam will be granted only in a truly dire situation. (A student who lacks diligence in contacting the instructor once this dire situation arises is unlikely to be granted the make-up.)

Some students may nevertheless suffer from a severe personal or family emergency that forces them to miss a quiz or homework deadline. If that happens you will not need to produce an excuse or documentation of your emergency, as we have an alternative system: Each student automatically receives two 'free drops', meaning that your two lowest HW and two lowest quiz scores will be omitted from the final grade calculation. There is no need to notify the instructor in the event that you miss an assignment.

Regular class attendance is definitely expected. Mastery of the course material will require each student to make a sustained and consistent investment of effort throughout the semester. Class attendance is part of that effort. Poor attendance or frequent lateness will result in a reduced final grade, or even a failing grade. A student who stops participating in the class - i.e. who ceases attending class, doing homework, communicating with the instructor, taking quizzes/exams - should drop the course, because otherwise a failing grade is certain. No special end-of-semester arrangements (such as make-up work, late-drop petitions, incomplete grades, signatures on various forms, etc.) will be provided to any student who simply disappeared for a substantial portion of the semester. Such accommodations are only available to students who have participated in class and kept in regular contact with the instructor during the term.

Unfortunately the instructor cannot approve requests to audit PHY3221. Every student must register formally and take the class for credit.

Student academic records are confidential, under federal law. I will not answer emailed questions about your grades or other academic matters, unless the email comes from

Students who will require a classroom accommodation for a disability must contact the Dean of Students Office and request proper documentation. Upon bringing that documentation to the Instructor, the student will be given the appropriate accommodations. No accommodations are available to students who lack this documentation.

It is the policy of the University of Florida that the student, not the instructor, is responsible for arranging accommodations when needed. The instructor will not remind the student to schedule accommodations prior to each quiz or exam. If you require extra time for in-class work, you must initiate this request at least seven days before the exam or quiz.

This is an upper-division, university classroom and so we expect professional behavior from everyone. Frequent lateness, entering and leaving the classroom during the lecture, listening to headphones or reading the ALLIGATOR during class, texting, websurfing, emailing during class, cellphone rings, etc. ... are all rude and disruptive behaviors. They distract the teacher and the other students in the classroom - a direct violation of the Student Conduct Code. In fact this instructor believes that clasroom use of laptops, iPods, phones, tablet computers, and virtually all other electronic devices is almost always detrimental to student learning and attention. Please show courtesy and respect for yourself, your colleagues, and your institution by

All students are required to abide by the principles of academic honesty expressed in the Student Honor Code. Consistent with university policy, any incident of academic dishonesty in this course will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. No warnings and no exceptions. If the incident is the student's first offense at UF, the student will receive a failing grade in PHY3221. If not, the Dean of Students Office will decide the appropriate sanction.

What does "academic dishonesty" mean? As in most physics courses, it is normal and appropriate for students in PHY3221 to work together on homework assignments. However certain other activities are inappropriate: these include plagiarism, fabricating data or information, giving or receiving any unauthorized assistance on quizzes or exams, and interfering with the academic work of other students. These acts are dishonest. Supplying a false or fabricated excuse for missed academic work is also academic dishonesty. Students are often tempted to plagiarize small amounts of material from various sources - but any amount of direct copying or plagiarism in any assignment is regarded as a deliberate violation of the academic honesty code. Submitting homework solutions that were simply copied or transcribed from another student, a book, or a website is clearly dishonesty, because it is not your own work. If you collaborate with a friend on the homework, you must still write up your solution in your own words, in a way that you understand. Most students have no trouble understanding the difference between collaboration on homework (which is okay) and copying homework (which is not okay) -- but if you find it confusing just let me know.

The Dean of Students Office website has further details on academic honesty policies at UF.

Major religious observances will be accommodated. It is university policy, however, that the student must inform the instructor of religious observances that will conflict with class attendance or other activities,

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at https://evaluations.ufl.edu. 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 https://evaluations.ufl.edu/results/

The UF Code of Student Conduct (6C1-4.041, section 3(i)