Course Syllabus - David Urminsky

Physics 212
University Physics II
Fall 2015
University Physics II – Course Syllabus
Note: This is a working document and subject to change. You will be notified of any
changes. I will post the most current version on mycourses.
General course information:
Title: Phys-212 University Physics II
The course will include 3 workshop sections per week:
M W F 10 AM – 12 PM, GOS-3179
Instructor information
Dr. David Urminsky
BRN (86)-1143
(585) 475-5661
Office Hours:
Tentatively, M,W 2-5:00pm. If you have questions or difficulties or
otherwise want help outside of class and can’t make these times, please
e-mail to make an appointment.
Course description
The course will provide an introduction to topics in Electricity, Magnetism and Optics/Light.
A tentative order of topics is as follows
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Electric Forces and Electric Fields, Gauss’ Law
Electric Potential
Capacitors and Capacitance
Current and Resistance
Magnetic Fields
Magnetic Forces
Ampere’s Law
Faraday’s Law
Maxwell’s Equations, Light waves
Physics 212
University Physics II
Fall 2015
Course materials
Scheduled classes will be in workshop format. Required materials are:
University Physics II Activities Manual – available at the Bookstore (approx. $10)
A Scientific Calculator – phones, computers or anything with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection
will not be permitted during exams.
Access to Mastering Physics – Course Id: PHYS212FALL2015
Access to a University Physics Textbook – any calculus textbook will do as the physics we
are learning has not changed for many decades.
How the course will operate
Please bring your activity manual to every class. We will be following the manual and
working on activities every class. I reserve the right to randomly collect activities to grade. I
will not provide anyone with copies of the manual or parts of the manual.
You will hand in some Labs during the course of the semester. Late Labs will not be
accepted. Should you miss a lab you have one week to make up the lab during the Lab Make
Up Session (location and time to be announced).
You will have an in-class quiz every Wednesday usually (but not necessarily) at the beginning
of class (so don’t be late). You cannot make up missed quizzes – NO EXCEPTIONS OR
EXCUSSES. I will drop your lowest 2 quizzes from your final grade calculation.
You will have three exams during the semester. Should you miss an exam you can fill out the
make up exam request form (found on my courses). Should you be approved for an exam
make up you have approximately 3 days (not including weekends or holidays) to write a make
up exam. Make up exams are generally not permitted if you have planned travel.
In addition you will have a Final Exam. You are expected to write the final exam, make-ups
for the final exam are generally not permitted except for extreme circumstances. DO NOT
You will have approximately one mastering physics assignment per week. There will be no
extension’s granted – NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXCUSSES. There will be a 10% deduction
per day late. It is your responsibility to make sure you have internet access and sufficient time
to complete the assignment.
Lab Make Up information
You will have one week to make up any missed Labs. The lab make up period is:
To be determined
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Physics 212
University Physics II
Fall 2015
Attendance Policy
Attendance rosters will be kept. It is entirely your choice whether you show up for class or
not. However your attendance record may be taken into account when your final grade is
determined. It is also extremely unlikely that you will achieve the grade you expect if you
miss a significant amount of class as exams and other assessments are mostly based on
material covered in class.
Assessment will be based as follows:
In-class Quizzes
Mastering Physics
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Final Exam
15% Sept 24
15% Oct 22
15% Nov 19
I will replace your lowest Exam X (X=1,2,3) grade with your raw final exam grade should
your lowest Exam X grade be lower than your Final Exam grade.
I do not discuss grades over email. Grades will be kept on mycourses. If you want to discuss
your grades with me please come see me in person during office hours or schedule an
Grading Policy
RIT has moved to the +/- Grade system. Exact boundaries for +/- will be determined at the
end of the semester. However the following is a guideline for what to expect.
A- to A
B- to B+
C- to C+
< 60%
I will update this syllabus to reflect the +/- system as soon as possible.
Academic Accommodations
Should you require academic accommodations please discuss them with me at the beginning
of the semester.
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University Physics II
Fall 2015
Should you require extra time to write exams please you need to make arrangements with me
well in advance of any exams.
Failure to discuss and/or arrange your accommodations prior to any exam may result in you
not being allowed your specific accommodations.
Classroom Etiquette
Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated. The workshop room is a small classroom and any
talking can be heard by me and everyone else even if you are whispering. There is plenty of
time for you to talk/text/or whatever during class. If you are distracting me or anyone else
while I am addressing the class you will be asked to leave. If you are asked to leave 3 times
you will lose a whole letter grade off your final mark.
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