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.
To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:
- Read the assigned chapters in the textbook.
- Attend and participate in scheduled lectures and discussion sections.
- 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 discussion 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.
- Contact Dr. Weatherford if you have concerns about 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 discussion 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.
Expectations of the Learning Community
Each semester we join together to form a unique and diverse learning community. This community is enriched by our own unique backgrounds, identities, experiences, challenges, and opportunities for personal growth. It takes the participation and efforts of all to ensure this community is inclusive of everyone, regardless of our differences. Please remain respectful when there is disagreement between you and someone else. Join us in continuing the work to create learning spaces that are safe for all to participate equitably. Provide room for concerns to be voiced, which takes courage and should receive the acknowledgment and empathy they rightly deserve. We are united by a common goal: to learn physics by demonstrating the course outcomes AND to assist this attainment by others in the course, through actions consistent with UF's core values and the student code of conduct.
Discussion sections are synchronous class meetings where you will get small group instruction on how to answer physics problems, both numerical and conceptual. Attendance is required for each scheduled discussion section meeting. 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.
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 Discussion Sections page for listing of meeting times.
Discussion 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.
Class Attendance and Missed Work
Attendance to lectures and discussion sections is required. Students may not be enrolled in another class at UF or some other institution that conflicts with the meeting times of this course. Please arrange your schedule so that you are consistently available during the course meeting times. Standing conflicts will not afford you access to the missed assessments or missed lectures. 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.
Discussion Section Quizzes: Students must request a makeup quiz from the discussion section instructor, and if approved, make arrangements with the discussion section instructor. 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 the makeup period associated for the missed quiz, or a reasonable justification why it will be delayed must be e-mailed along with the projected receipt date of the documentation to your TA within the makeup period. All makeup quizzes must be completed within one week of the regularly scheduled quiz, or August 4th, whichever comes first.
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 consist of material similar to that which was tested on the missed exam.
Missed iClicker points: Students are not permitted to earn iClicker points if they are not successfully submitting responses during the open polling times. Students missing class for excused reasons are not permitted to make up missed bonus opportunities, as the drops will cover the missed polling sessions. Please ensure your device is powered and connected to internet during the duration of the lecture.
Missed Discussion Sections: Students are not permitted to earn bonus participation points if they are not attending and participating in solving group problems during discussion sections. Instead of offering makeup discussion sections or providing alternate assignments, I drop the two lowest participation scores in the calculation of the discussion section participation bonus. Students missing class for excused reasons are not permitted to makeup missed bonus opportunities. Note, that the bonus is not just attendance, but also awarded for your active participation in the breakout rooms. This means that you should be prepared to work collaboratively in teams and contribute constructively to the assigned tasks. Students who attend without contributing to the group will not earn bonus participation points.
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. Please plan 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 discussion section. Please find someone you can go to for help. Here's our Weekly Schedule (subject to changes):
Contact Information/Office Hour Locations for Instructional Team
|Dr. Weatherford||352.392.8747||Zoom email@example.com|
|Keegan Gunther||Zoom link||Use Canvas Mail|
|Yanbo Guo||352.392.5806||Zoom link||Use Canvas Mail|
|Matthew Reinhard||352.392.0521||Zoom link||Use Canvas Mail|
|Xiaoliang Zhang||352.328.4178||Zoom link||Use Canvas Mail|
Grades are based on total points accumulated from exams, discussion section quizzes, homework and extra credit quizzes. Using the What-If tool in Canvas Grades such that each grading category below has a hypothetical score will correctly calculate your overall grade based on 105 total points, including the extra credit discussed below. Please see Canvas Help for details about the What-If tool in Canavs Grades.
Your final score is the sum of the following:
|Exam 1||18||18*(earned points/max points)|
|Exam 2||18||18*(earned points/max points)|
|Exam 3||18||18*(earned points/max points)|
|Exam 4 (Final)||21||21*(earned points/max points)|
|Discussion Section Quizzes||20||20*(your earned points/max quiz points)
Drop lowest scoring quiz (excluding Q0 and Q7)
|Homework||5||5*(your earned points/max hw points)
Drop lowest scoring homework
|Total||100||Sum this column|
|iClicker Bonus||+2.5||2.5*(your total points/max points)
Drop two lowest scoring polling sessions
|Group Problem Participation Bonus||+2.5||2.5*(your total points/max points)
Drop two lowest participation scores
Use Canvas Grades to track your scores and report any discrepancies in your scores to your TA. Notification of discrepancies are due to your TA by August 4th. 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 four exams, with the fourth exam held on the last day of the 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.
Exam questions will be taken from a number of sources, typically including (but not limited to!) the textbook, lectures, HITT quizzes and homework problems. Exam format is multiple choice using ScanTron sheets. The answer which you bubble in on the ScanTron is the one we grade, with no exceptions.
Exams are online and proctored with Honorlock. Please see the Honorlock requirements in the Online Proctoring With Honorlock section below.
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 for your absence on the exam date will allow you to take a make-up exam.
Students who need special accommodations due to a registered disability must carry out the DRC procedures described below.
Each quiz in your discussion section is typically based on (though not necessarily identical to) a homework problem from the most recent homework assignment past due. The particular problem given in each discussion section is chosen at random and thus its difficulty will vary throughout the semester. Quizzes are given only on Tuesday or Wednesday. It is not permitted to share the contents of a quiz and doing so is a violation of the university Honor Code.
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 that it will be delayed 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 one week of the missed quiz. The last date for an eligible makeup will be the Wednesday before the last day of class.
Your quiz grade = 20 * (total quiz points / max points). The lowest quiz grade is dropped, excluding quiz 0 and quiz 7.
Homework is based on the MasteringPhysics online homework system and assignments are due Mondays at 12PM (noon) EDT. 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. The homework solutions will be released at 12:05PM EDT on Mondays to give you meaningful feedback on your problem solving work.
Your homework grade = 5 * (total homework points / max points). The lowest homework score will be dropped.
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).
iClicker extra credit
Answering questions during lectures is optional using the iClicker response system, but can earn up to a maximum of 5 extra credit points on your grade. Therefore the highest possible score in this course is 105.
For each iClicker question, you receive 2 points for a correct answer and 1 point for a wrong answer. Two iclicker session scores are dropped to allow for absences, broken devices, late answers, etc. However, to receive credit for your responses, your iClicker account must be linked to your Canvas course. Please see the iClicker page .
You are responsible for maintaining the functioning of your device, including its connection to the internet. No credit will be given for questions if you forget your mobile device or your mobile device battery is dead or you do not respond to the question in the allotted time.
Discussion Section Participation Bonus
Discussion sections are designed to promote collaborative group problem solving while practicing the skills necessary to become successful in solving physics problems on your own. To reward your efforts, your discussion section TA will award weekly participation bonus points for your collaborative work in solving problems assigned to your group. TAs will create groups of about 4 students, with each group receiving a problem to solve together. TAs will monitor and answer questions, as well as ask specific students in the group to explain or justify decisions made by the group in arriving at a solution.
Each week, you may earn points based on your participation and group's success. These points will sum over the course of the semester and will determine your individual participation bonus. This bonus will be added to your overall course grade. As shown in the above table, I drop your lowest participation score. You can't makeup missed participation bonus points with a group, nor complete alternate assignments to replace missed bonus points. Remember, this is not a course requirement, but an encouragement to participate in these meaningful exercises to gain both feedback and confidence in your problem solving ability.
Homework is delivered and scored using MasteringPhysics. Access to MasteringPhysics is granted through the AllAccess program, offering billing directly to your student account with the benefit of access to both the e-text and homework system on the first day of the semester.
You can access MasteringPhysics by clicking on a homework assignment listed on the Assignments page, from the ToDo list, from the Course Calendar, or by clicking on the MyMastering link in the sidebar.
Details about Homework Assignments, Grading, and Late Policy
- Most problems come from the textbook, though the values for masses, charges, angles, etc. for each problem are different for each student. We expect to have some problems which might not come from the textbook.
- 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.
- For all other question types, there is a 5% deduction in the number of points you can earn for each wrong submission. There is also a small (1%) deduction for every hint or feedback you request.
- There are no extensions on homework assignments.
- Additional Ungraded Practice Assignments are curated and arranged by textbook chapter, as an option for study and self-assessment. These are found in the Assignments section, but note they do not appear in your To-Do list until the very end of the term, so that you can practice these questions at any point during the semester. These additional practice assignments are not required, meaning exam questions are not based from these items. Any overlap is purely coincidental.
iClicker Registration and Support
You are required to participate with the iClicker Reef app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It is your responsibility to follow the steps below to properly register your iClicker Reef account in a timely fashion. It is also your responsibility to regularly check your iClicker records for any discrepancies.
In order to participate in my iClicker activities and ensure that your grades are properly reflected in the gradebook, follow the steps below:
1. Log in to the Canvas course and click the iClicker link in the PHY2054 left sidebar. If you do not already have an iClicker Reef account, create one . It’s free to create an account!
- If you already have an iClicker Reef account, sign in. DO NOT create a new account. You can only receive credit from one account.
- When creating your iClicker Reef account, make sure you enter your name and email exactly as they appear in Canvas. Add your Gatorlink username in the “Student ID” field.
- When prompted to register a remote, you can Skip This Step. Handheld remotes will not work in our online sessions.
2. Set up the device(s) you’ll use to participate in our synchronous lectures.
- You can download the iClicker Reef mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, or you can use iClicker Reef on your laptop at com .
- If you have multiple devices, I recommend accessing our virtual class using your computer and participating in the iClicker questions using your mobile device.
- If you only have one device, you can open up a new tab in your web browser for iClicker Reef, or switch back and forth between our virtual class and the iClicker Reef app.
3. Now the fun part! Participate in my iClicker class activities.
- When it’s time for class, make sure you have selected my course from the main screen of your iClicker Reef account.
- When I start a class session in iClicker, select the Join button that appears on your screen, then answer each question I ask in iClicker Reef.
- For short answer, numeric, and target questions, make sure you select Send.
4.Review your work in iClicker Reef.
- You can review your grades, performance, and participation in iClicker Reef.
- Grades will be synced from iClicker Reef to Canvas (iClicker Totals column) on a regular basis. Please allow 24 hours after lecture for the sync to occur.
Academic Integrity Information
iClicker activities fall under the provisions of our campus academic honesty policy. Students must not engage in academic dishonesty while participating in iClicker activities. This includes but is not limited to:
- Having another student participate for you
- Using more than one iClicker account at a time
Any student found to be in violation of these rules will lose their iClicker points for the entire term and may be reported to the Dean of Student Discipline.
Need help with iClicker Reef?
- If you are having trouble with your iClicker Reef access code, check out this guide to access code errors .
- If you are having issues connecting to iClicker Reef, check out these iClicker Reef connectivity tips .
- If you are having issues seeing your iClicker Reef points, check out this troubleshooting guide .
- Find answers to many of your questions and contact the iClicker Tech Support Team by visiting com/support at any time.
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, iClicker, 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
Health and Wellness
U Matter, We Care:
If you or a friend is in distress, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 352 392- 1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.
Counseling and Wellness Center: http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/Default.aspx, 392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.
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
Online Proctoring With HonorLock 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 will take your exam and quiz electronically using the course website. You do not need to register for your exam. However, you will need to have installed and enabled the Google Chrome Honorlock extension prior to taking your exams. You will need a webcam, speakers, microphone, laptop or desktop computer, and reliable Internet connection to be able to take your exams. Wireless internet is not recommended. You may also need a mirror or other reflective surface. Google Chrome is the only supported browser for taking exams in Canvas.
- 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.
- You are not permitted to transmit any information about the assessment prior to, during, or following the assessment.
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.
Before Your Exam
Prior to each exam and in the same environment you plan to take the exam, review the Honorlock Guidelines (Links to an external site.) , and go to Honorlock Support (Links to an external site.) to run a system check. This process takes just a few minutes and is completely free. If your course offers an Honorlock Practice Quiz, it is strongly recommended that you take it to practice using Honorlock before your exams.
Important: If you are unable to take an exam because of a technical glitch on your end, that is your responsibility. However, if you do experience technical difficulties during the exam, Honorlock's support menu will visible on-screen for you to contact a support agent.
Honorlock offers 24/7/365 technical support to assist students before, during, and after exams. If you experience any trouble with Honorlock, begin a live chat on the Honorlock Support page (Links to an external site.) , call +1 (844) 243-2500, or email Support@Honorlock.com.
- 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 discussion 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.
To add some comments, click the "Edit" link at the top.