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TR Period 4 (10:40 - 11:30am**) Zoom (Meeting Info)
See Recitation Sections page for details about meeting times and the name of your TA. Your TA will provide any Zoom meeting information specific to your section. TA contact information is found on the syllabus below.
Textbook and Course Materials
Students are required to purchase access to Mastering Physics using the UF All Access program. This is the only way to gain access to your homework assignments. Access to Mastering Physics INCLUDES access to the ebook. Here is the link to have these charges direct billed to your student account:
See this handout for instructions for obtaining course materials with UF All-Access. Note: If you see a prompt for a CourseID, you are not following the correct instructions that will give you access to MasteringPhysics. Please follow the handout, as that is the only option for gaining access.
Access the ebook using the MyLab and Mastering link in the sidebar. The Mylab and Mastering tool is only utilized by students who elect to rent the ebook. All homework assignments are found in the Assignments link in the sidebar.
This course requires a stable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer at a minimum. Although, many of the resources are accessible using other mobile devices.
Students must also have Google Chrome and the Honorlock Chrome Extension enabled for taking proctored exams and quizzes. Your laptop/desktop computer must have a microphone and webcam for completing the proctored assessments.
Only handheld calculators are permitted for performing calculations during exams or quizzes. Graphing and scientific calculators are acceptable. Mobile devices with calculator software are not permissible for use during exams or quizzes.
The CLAS Student Computer Requirement Policy is found here: https://it.clas.ufl.edu/policies/student-computer-requirement/
About the Course
PHY2054 - Physics 2 is the second semester of Physics without calculus, covering electrostatics, electric current, electric circuits and their components, magnetism, induction, electromagnetic waves, optics, optical devices, interference and diffraction. It is typically, but not exclusively, taken by biological sciences majors and pre-professional students, i.e., those planning careers in health care, optometry, pharmacy, etc. It is not a suitable course for physics, chemistry or engineering majors, who are encouraged to take PHY2049 (Physics 2 with calculus) or PHY2061 (enriched Physics 2 with calculus), both of which offer similar material but with more mathematical emphasis.
Credits: 4; Prereq: PHY 2053 or the equivalent.
Second semester of introductory physics de-emphasizing calculus. Electric charge, fields and circuits; electromagnetism, applied electricity; geometrical optics, wave optics, applied optics; electrons and photons; atoms and nuclei.(P)
By the end of this course, students will have improved their existing foundation in the concepts, principles, terminology, and methodologies used to describe interactions resulting from electric and magnetic fields, light, and the technologies which incorporate these phenomena in its design. Specifically, students will be able to:
- Analyze particular physical situations, and thus identify the fundamental principles pertinent to those situations to make successful predictions of system behavior,
- Apply fundamental principles to formulate mathematical equations describing the relation between physical quantities in these particular situations,
- Solve mathematical equations to find the values of physical quantities, and
- Communicate unambiguously both the principles that apply to a situation and the results of specific calculations resulting from the steps above.
To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:
- Read the assigned chapters in the textbook.
- Attend and participate in scheduled lectures and recitation sections.
- Participate in the student-student discussion boards.
- Work through the examples presented in the text in order to learn the physics concepts, principles, and problem-solving techniques of introductory physics.
- Complete homework assignments to self–assess your understanding of the module’s concepts and problem solving strategies on a weekly basis.
- Attend synchronous recitation section meetings for group problem solving and small group instruction moderated by recitation section TAs.
- Complete weekly quizzes assessing your ability to solve a similar problem to those asked from homework assignments, evaluated by recitation section TAs.
- To seek help from your instructors and other students when specific content does not make sense, and to seek out additional practice when needed to gain mastery before moving on to future modules. The additional practice is included as optional assignments in the course.
- To seek help from university resources to support student success, which include use of peer tutoring (UF Teaching Center and Knack), peer mentoring, and wellness resources found at http://studentsuccess.ufl.edu
This course requires an extensive amount of time to do all of the above, and students should plan accordingly to spend 12 hours per week on course preparation and practice.
Expectations of Instructors
Your instructors role is to develop a course where you can achieve these objectives through your participation and interaction. Further, we pledge to:
- Be accessible via email and respond to communication sent to the contact addresses listed in the contact info table located on this page.
- Design lectures and recitation section meetings which facilitate active learning through the use of examples and polling questions.
- Design assessments which evaluate your progress towards achieving the outcomes of the course.
- Provide weekly communication through announcements to frame the week's course activities.
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Recognize and celebrate everyone's unique identity and background and create an environment where everyone belongs!
- Affirm your ability to succeed in this course and provide assistance for everyone to access resources which enable each student achieve success.
- Adhere to course policies equitably and with fairness.
HyFlex lectures are held during Periods 4 and 5 and broadcast through Zoom Conferences. Students enrolled in an online section are not permitted to attend the face to face broadcast. Students enrolled in the face to face section must follow the mask mandate and maintain social distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) and follow other CDC guidelines. Instructors will ask students to leave if adherence to the guidelines and safety measures are not followed.
These class meetings offer instruction on the conceptual and problem solving topics covered by each weekly reading in the assigned textbook. The lectures may also expand in depth and focus upon the reading to include topics that the textbook author may have omitted. The lectures are designed to augment, not replace, the reading assignment.
Lectures are not recorded and are only available synchronously. Your attendance is expected. Please make arrangements accordingly.
Recitation sections are synchronous scheduled class meetings where you will get small group instruction on how to answer physics problems, both numerical and conceptual. All students are assigned to attend one lecture period and one recitation section. A highly skilled TA will guide you through the problem solving process that will be helpful for you as you practice the homework problems on your own outside of class. You will also receive formative assessment feedback on your learning through low-stakes weekly quizzes. The content of these quizzes are based on the problems assigned in homework and serve to assess not only the correct answer to quantitative problems, but also critique and provide feedback on how you justify your answer with an in-depth solution.
Recitation section meetings are not recorded to encourage your participation. We invite you to turn on your camera and microphone to facilitate efficient interaction with your TA and classmates. Group problems are assigned during the second recitation meeting and students will utilize Zoom Breakout Rooms to collaboratively work through a guided problem. The problems are designed to provide thoughtful application of what you are learning each week through the reading, lectures, and homework. The skills you will gain through these exercises will be valuable to your learning and performance on course assessments. Students who are not comfortable with engaging their camera or microphone may use the chat.
Practicing physics is the best way to learn it, and the apprenticeship model works quite well as you see how experts identify which physics principles are needed to obtain a correct solution. Review the Recitation Sections page for listing of meeting times. Typically first meeting of the week (Tuesday or Wednesday) will occur face to face for students enrolled in the face to face section and is simultaneously broadcast to the corresponding online section via Zoom Conferences. The second meeting during each week (Thursday or Friday) will be offered through Zoom only. The first week of semester may differ from this, please watch for Announcements regarding the first week.
Class Attendance and Missed Work
Attendance to lectures and recitation sections is required. If you are unable to attend a scheduled class meeting due to university approved and sponsored activities, documented illness under care of physician (see medical excuse policy here), or family emergency, please notify your instructor. Absences due to circumstances listed above during scheduled quizzes or exams will necessitate you to request a makeup quiz or makeup exam following the procedures below. 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 this link.
Recitation Section Quizzes: Students must request a makeup quiz from the recitation section TA, and if approved, make arrangements with the recitation section TA. Students must submit a written makeup quiz request to their recitation instructor no later than one week following the missed quiz. Students have one week from the receipt of approval from the recitation section TA to complete the makeup at a time mutually agreeable with the student and TA. An approved makeup for the final quiz must be completed prior to the first reading day for the semester.
Missed Exams: Students missing an exam must notify the instructor BEFORE the beginning of the exam and provide documented evidence for a request for a makeup. Arrangements will be made to take a makeup exam as soon as possible. The makeup exam will follow as close as possible to the guidance given for the regular exam.
Missed Homework: Students have ample opportunity to complete available homework assignments prior to the due date. There are no extensions or makeups for homework assignments. Solutions to homework sets are posted immediately after the assignment is due to provide students feedback prior to the weekly quiz. Please plan your time accordingly.
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: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx
Visit your instructors for free help! We're the ones writing your exams and quizzes and have a good idea about how to help you succeed in this course. You may visit any of the TAs, not just the one teaching your recitation section. Please find someone you can go to for help. Please go to the Office Hours page for meeting information details (Zoom meeting number and codes). Here's our Weekly Schedule (subject to changes):
Contact Information for Instructional Team
|Christian Bunker||9046135287||Canvas Mail|
|Matthew Reinhard||352.392.0521||Canvas Mail|
|Xiaoliang Zhang||352.392.0521||Canvas Mail|
|Ivan Ishkov||352.273.4667||Canvas Mail|
|Ioannis Michaloliakos||352.392.6859||Canvas Mail|
|Gustavo Perez-Sanchez||352.273.4691||Canvas Mail|
|Michael Chung||352.392.0521||Canvas Mail|
Grades and Assessments
Grades are based on total points accumulated from exams, recitation section quizzes, and homework. There are no extra credit assignments. The canvas grading tool accurately calculates your grade based on the scores recorded. Canvas grades also provides the opportunity to perform a What If analysis where you plug in predicted scores on future assignments to see its impact on the overall course grade. See the Canvas Student Help Guide for more information.
Your final score is the sum of the following:
|Exam 1||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Exam 2||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Exam 3 (Final)||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Recitation Section Quizzes||20||20 * (total quiz points / max points). The lowest quiz score (evaluated as a percentage of points earned) will be dropped. Only one quiz will be dropped from the calculation.|
|Homework||5||5 * (total homework points / max points). Two of the lowest scoring (by percentage of total points earned per assignment) homework assignments are dropped at the end of the semester.|
|Total||100||Sum of the above rows|
Letter grades will be reported to the Registrar at the end of the term corresponding to the total score and the minimum values to an accuracy of 0.01, following this grading scheme:
There are a total of two during term exams, with the third exam at the end of semester serving as a cumulative final. The dates, times, chapter coverage and allowed materials are described on the exams page. Please place these exam dates and times in your calendar today.
You are required to have a webcam, stable internet connection, laptop or desktop computer (not tablet or smartphone), Google Chrome browser, and the Honorlock Chrome Extension enabled on your machine.
Exam questions will be taken from a number of sources, typically including (but not limited to!) the textbook, lectures, and homework problems. Exam format is multiple choice and completed online in Canvas with Honorlock proctoring.
Unless superseded by a valid excuse a missed exam will result in a zero. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies. Acceptable excuses will require a coach's, doctor's or instructor sanctioned note with a verifiable contact phone number. The documentation must be provided to your instructor immediately. A valid excuse will allow you to take a make-up exam.
Students who need special accommodations due to a disability must carry out the DRC procedures described below.
Each quiz in your recitation section is typically based on (though not necessarily identical to) a homework problem from the homework turned in Monday of that week. The particular problem given in each recitation section is chosen at random and thus its difficulty will vary throughout the semester. Quizzes are given only on Tuesday or Wednesday. Week 1 (Quiz 0) and Week 14 (Quiz 13) include quizzes which serve as diagnostic tools to evaluate your overall conceptual knowledge on electricity and magnetism. Quizzes will not be assigned during exam weeks.
Approved make-ups for missed quizzes will take place at the first opportunity determined by your TA according to the absence and makeup policy stated above. The documentation must be provided to your TA within 1 week of the missed quiz or a rational reason for the delay in providing documentation must be e-mailed along with the projected receipt date of the documentation to your TA within that period. All quizzes must be made up within two weeks, with the exception of the makeup of the final quiz, Quiz 14, which must be completed before the first scheduled reading day.
Your quiz grade = 20 * (total quiz points / max points). The lowest quiz score (evaluated as a percentage of points earned) will be dropped. Only one quiz will be dropped from the calculation.
Homework is based on the MasteringPhysics online homework system and assignments are due Mondays at 9PM EST (see schedule). Each student gets a unique set of numbers for each problem. Because of the length of time each homework set is available, there are no extensions on the homework. You are strongly encouraged to start entering your answers well ahead of the deadline to avoid possible technical problems that might occur on the day the homework is due. If an unforeseen technical difficulty like a down internet connection or computer virus causes you to miss the deadline, you will not receive credit for the unfinished work.
Please note: Scores do not sync immediately with Canvas. Weekly homework scores are synced to Canvas a few days after the homework deadline has passed.
Your homework grade = 5 * (total homework points / max points). Two of the lowest scoring (by percentage of total points earned per assignment) homework assignments are dropped at the end of the semester.
Homework and academic honesty: While we encourage students to discuss homework problems with one another, we regard it as a breach of academic honesty to get homework solutions or algorithms external sources, including websites or companies that give away or sell such solutions or algorithms (this is stated explicitly in our course Academic Honesty policy found below).
The discussion boards are ungraded. They are designed for student-student interaction moderated by a Learning Assistant (LA). The LA will post one question a week to the board, which you are free to attempt or not. It is a low-stakes learning space and you are encouraged to seek help and give help to one another. Full solutions to problems are not to be posted, but discussions about the method used to solve the problem and a final answer value are fine. You may seek HW solution clarifications after the HW solutions are released. You may ask a question related to the HW to get your ideas clarified, but not directly the HW question. Students must follow the posting guidelines as listed on the discussion board.
Dropped Assignments: A combination of planned and unforeseen factors may cause you to miss some classes or recitation sections, additionally, it is likely for most of us to have a bad day or week (for any number of reasons) during the semester. To accommodate this reality, we drop the lowest scoring assignments as a "make-up" policy to accommodate circumstances that may arise throughout the semester that may hinder your performance in the online HW and the recitation quizzes. Homework includes two dropped assignments and recitation quiz will involve one dropped assignment.
The lectures notes and this semester's exam solutions will be posted in the Files section and linked from the Schedule Page. Scores on homework, exams, and quizzes will be posted in the Grades section.
Online Proctoring for Exams and Quizzes
In order to maintain a high standard of academic integrity and assure that the value of your University of Florida degree is not compromised, course exams and weekly quizzes will be proctored.
- You are not permitted to utilize any resources in addition to what is provided during the exam.
- You are not permitted to discuss the contents of the exam following its administration.
- You are not permitted to receive any information prior to taking the exam about the exam contents.
Violation of any of these conditions is academic misconduct and will be dealt with according to the protocols for reporting Honor Code violations. This is your only warning and if you have questions about whether an action constitutes a violation, you should consult your instructor prior to following the course of action in question.
You will take your exam and weekly quiz electronically using the course website and these assessments will be proctored with Honorlock. Please make sure you complete and submit the exam/quiz before the end of the testing window. You will need a webcam, speakers, microphone and reliable Internet connection to be able to take your exams. You may also need a mirror or other reflective surface if your webcam is attached to a bulky object. Google Chrome is the only supported browser for taking exams and quizzes in Canvas.
Important: Prior to each exam, visit the Honorlock system check (Links to an external site.) to evaluate your equipment and software. Also, take the practice quiz, worth 0 points, to get familiar with the Honorlock procedure for beginning and taking proctored exams.
Download and read through the handout for an overview of test taking tips and requirements. There will be questions answerable from information presented on this handout on your syllabus quiz.
If you experience any difficulties with the proctoring system, contact Honorlock's free 24/7 LiveChat and phone support. The LiveChat is available by clicking on the chat window at the bottom right of the exam. Of course, the support team can't answer questions to help you on answering questions about the contents of the exam, but they will be willing to diagnose and offer solutions for technical difficulties with the proctoring system.
Homework is delivered and scored using MasteringPhysics. You gain access to the system with the purchase of your ebook access when using the UF All Access program, as documented here. You MUST participate in the UF All Access program. There is no other way to gain access to the homework system.
You can access your homework assignment by clicking on a homework assignment listed on the Assignments page, from the ToDo list, or from MyLab and Mastering in the sidebar.
Details about Homework Assignments, Grading, and Late Policy
- You have five attempts to get the correct answer. To get credit your answer must be correct within 2% and you must enter at least three significant digits.
- Multiple choice and True/False question types. The points you can earn for correct submissions decreases by a constant amount for each attempt. The decrease per step is 100% / (Noptions-1). Thus for a 5 part multiple choice question, the decrease in value is 25% per attempt.
- There are no extensions on homework assignments.
- Additional Ungraded Practice Assignments are available within MasteringPhysics. These are found in the Assignments section, but note they do not appear in your To-Do list since that is driven by deadlines. These additional practice assignments are not required. However it is wise to use these extra problems as an evaluation tool of your problem solving skill, as students report every semester that solving problems in addition to the assigned homework is the most beneficial way to improve exam performance.
Information about the exams (chapters covered, times, allowed materials, etc.) can be found on the Exams page.
Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code
We go to great lengths to ensure that our Physics course is administered fairly, by setting clear goals (what is needed to attain each grade) at the outset, by providing materials (lectures, applets, homework, office hours, reviews) to help you reach those goals, and by assessing progress towards those goals using easily understood procedures (exams, quizzes, online homework). We pledge to do the best job we can to make the material understandable and to bring out the best in every student.
Maintaining the integrity of the grading process demands fairness and compassion on our part and honor on your part. Accordingly, we take a very hard line on cheating in any form, including
- Providing or copying answers on exams or quizzes
- Taking an exam or quiz for another student
- Entering online homework answers for another student
- Distributing or copying exam or quiz questions
- Obtaining course homework solutions or software algorithms from external sources, including websites or companies that give away or sell such solutions or algorithms.
Any person caught cheating in any form will fail the entire course automatically and will be subject to Honor Court penalties. Furthermore, we expect students to not tolerate cheating of any kind and to report incidents to your instructors.
The Dean of Students Office website has a detailed discussion about academic honesty and the University of Florida Honor Code, which was adopted by the Student Council. The Honor Code says
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."
Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the Disability Resource Center by visiting our Get Started page. It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.
Requesting an accommodation letter to be sent to instructors is sufficient for receiving accommodations, as long as the letter is received at least three days prior to the deadline for assessments. Letters received less than three days before the assignment deadline will have the accommodations applied for the next and subsequent assessments.
Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the DRC office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations.
Failure to send a current accommodation letter before the three day deadline is not a permitted excuse for taking a makeup exam.
Online Course Evaluation
Campus Resources and Student Success
Health and Wellness
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Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS) Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.
University Police Department, 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies). http://www.police.ufl.edu/
UF Student Success: For improving study skills to connecting with a peer tutor, peer mentor, success coach, academic advisor, and wellness resources, go to http://studentsuccess.ufl.edu
E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to Learning- email@example.com. https://lss.at.ufl.edu/help.shtml.
Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601. Career assistance and counseling. http://www.crc.ufl.edu/
Library Support, http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/ask. Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.
Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring. http://teachingcenter.ufl.edu/
Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers. http://writing.ufl.edu/writing-studio/
Student Complaints: https://www.dso.ufl.edu/documents/UF_Complaints_policy.pdf
- This web site serves as the syllabus for the course. Each page on the web site has a link on the menu at left. You are required to read each of these pages. The web site is detailed and chances are any policy questions you may have are answered here.
- You are responsible for ongoing course work, which is described on the web site: reading the text for the assigned material, attending lecture, doing the weekly homework, attending recitation section and taking the quizzes, and taking the exams.
The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
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