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CLASS TIME & PLACE: T 8-9 & R  8 Period in NPB #1002

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233

Email: yoonslee@phys.ufl.edu

Office Hours:
M 3rd P and W 7th P. But feel free to knock on my door when you need to see me. 


   Physics for Poets (5th Ed.) by Robert H. March (McGraw Hill)


   The Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman (The MIT Press)


The fundamental concepts of physics that shape a scientist's view of the laws of nature. The course will emphasize the evolution of the modern scientific ideas and methods via a series of simple laboratory experiments, and contrast the actual process of discovery with the more common rational, linear narrative of scientific development. Simple qualitative ideas about gravity, optics, space and time will be explained at an introductory level as needed to complement the historical discussion. 

It is expected that students read textbook chapters thoroughly at least once preferably before the class and review lecture notes timely.  Students should work on HW problems diligently.  The laboratory part of the course is important and should be completed. On average 3 - 4 hours per week of full attention on this course would be required.  

Homework     HW will be assigned in this course.   Selected HW problems will be tested in the exams. 

In-class Quiz    There will be 4 in-class quizzes. 20 - 30 mins will be given for each quiz. 

Laboratory      There will be 8 laboratories on Tuesdays.  Please review the Laboratory Guidlines

Exams      There will be one Midterm exam (in-class) and one Final exam (not cumulative).  Please check the Course Calendar for the exam time and date.

Policy on missed Exam or Quiz:
Consistent with university policies that can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx

Composition of Grade (Total 100)
Laboratory 25
Mid Term



Projected Grading Scale*
Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ E
G. Pt. 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 0
Score >= 90 >= 80 >=70 >= 65 >= 60 >= 55 >= 50 >= 45 >= 40  

*The passing grade for Physics majors is C and above. The actual grading scale may vary depending on numerous factors within +/- 2.5 points out of 100.

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 semesterContact the Disability Resources Center for information about available resources for students with disabilities.

COUNSELING and MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: Student facing difficulties completing the course or in need of counseling should call the on-campus Counseling and Wellness Center at (352) 392 1575.

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. Although discussions among the students are highly encouraged, you are to work alone on all homework assignments unless specified differently. Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy.  Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings or exceptions.

ONLINE COURSE EVALUATION: Students are expected to participate in course/instructor evaluations.  These evaluations are conducted online typically during the last 3 weeks of the semester.  Summary results of these assessments are available.