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Syllabus PHY2053 - Physics I Spring 2010 Instructors Prof. Ho-Bun Chan – Ph. 392-6691 Office: NPB 2360, Office hours T5,R4 & by appointment. Prof. Peter Hirschfeld – Ph. 392-8749 Office: NPB 2156, Office hours T4,R5 & by appointment. Coordinator Prof. Darin Acosta, Ph. 392-3144 Office: NPB 2035, Office hours TBD & by appointment, email: ilovephysics@phys.ufl.edu Only e-mails to ilovephysics@phys.ufl.edu concerning the course will receive a response. E-mail to the instructor’s direct accounts will be ignored. Emails must originate from students’ ufl.edu accounts, or they will be ignored. Textbook: The required text is Serway and Vuille, COLLEGE PHYSICS WITH WEBASSIGN, Publisher: CENGAGE Edition: 8TH VOL1, ISBN: 0495760897 (Note that this ISBN number is unique to the University of Florida and is sold only at local bookstores. The text includes a code used for the required on-line homework.) There will also be an optional course packet, sold by the Society of Physics Students. This course packet contains photocopies of old Phy2053 exams. Many students find it to be a useful study guide. A student solution manual to accompany Serway and Vuille is also available. Lectures and Discussion sections: By enrolling in PHY 2053, you have been scheduled to attend four class meetings each week. Two meetings (Tuesday and Thursday, 2nd or 3rd period) will be in NPB 1001 -- this is the lecture portion of the course. The other two meetings are in your discussion section, a small gathering of 20 - 30 of your fellow students with a TA as discussion leader. Your discussion leader will tell you his/her policies for the operation of his/her section. Roughly once/week a closed-book & note quiz will be administered, of which the two lowest grades will be dropped. Homework: Homework will be assigned, collected, and graded entirely online on the Webassign site. No paper homework will be accepted or graded. There will be homework due each week on Wednesday 2am (i.e. “late Tuesday night”!). “15% drop policy”: 85% correct homework will be sufficient to obtain a full score for the homework component of the course. 1 Exams: There will be two midterm exams with 20 problems each. The final exam will be comprehensive and compulsory. It will have 20 problems. A formula sheet and a calculator will be allowed for each exam subject to the following conditions: Formula sheet: Both sides of a single, letter sized (8.5”x11”) paper in your own handwriting, no copies, no printed material. Calculator: All calculators allowed provided they are NOT communication devices. Clicker quizzes: One clicker question per lecture will be graded, 2 points for correct, 1 for incorrect, 0 for no answer. You will receive an email with your clicker quiz grades approximately once/week. As with homework, 85% clicker score will count as full score for this component of the course. Grading policy: The grade for this class will be calculated as follows: Homework 15% Discussion section 20% 2 midterm exams 20% each 40% Clicker quizzes, (We will use H-ITT clickers/remotes to gather student response to in-class quizzes. For details and clicker registration, click here.) 5% Final exam 20% The letter grade scale is: A 85% and above A- 81% to 84.99% B+ 77% to 80.99% B 70% to 76.99% B- 67% to 69.99% C+ 64% to 66.99% C 60% to 64.99% C- 58% to 59.99% D+ 55% to 57.99% D 52% to 54.99% D- 50% to 51.99% E Below 50% 2 Grading formula. Details of the calculation of your grade can be found here. E-learning. Exam grades will be posted on E-learning. Send email only from your gatorlink accounts to ilovephysics@phys.ufl.edu. We cannot respond to other email addresses because we cannot be sure about the identity of the sender. E-learning will be used to display exam and quiz grades. Make-up policy In general, make-ups will not be allowed, subject to all University regulations currently in force. If you feel there is a legitimate reason for varying this policy, you should bring it, and any supporting documentation, to our attention (via an email to ilovephysics@phys.ufl.edu) well prior to the event to be missed. Students missing one of the in-term examinations for an approved reason will be allowed to take a cumulative makeup exam to be administered during the last week of term. Students with disabilities Students who require accommodation for disabilities must first contact the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide documentation, which the student must bring to his/her instructors during the first week of the semester. Academic honesty: Each student is expected to hold himself/herself to a high standard of academic honesty. Under the UF academic honesty policy, unauthorized assistance or the use of unauthorized resources is strictly forbidden on work-for-credit. You are to work alone on all graded assignments. This includes exams and online homework. Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy. See http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/students.html. Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings or exceptions. 3