DISCOVERING PHYSICS (P) - FALL 2020
CLASS TIME & PLACE: T 6-7 & R 6 Period on-line
Office: NPB #2235
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Preferred form of contact)
Virtual office hours by zoom: M and W: 7th P. Feel free to email for a zoom appointment
outside office hours
Communications: via Canvas emnail or Canvas announcements
Class Comportment: Studnets should observe a professional "netiquette" when particiapting in discussoiosn or office hours on zoom.
for Poets" (5th
Ed.) by Robert H.
March; (McGraw Hill, publisher)
Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding
and Time (Great Discoveries) “ by Michio
Kaku (W.W. Norton, publisher)
hand accounts form Galileo to Einstein" (2nd Edition)
by M.H. Shamos (Editor); (Dover Publications, NY)
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES FEE: none
REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY: Studnets will
need a perosonal computer and good internet connections as well as
standard text writing siftware such as Microsoft Word. Adobe Reader
will be needed to submit reports. Studnets will need to be able to use
Zoom for class access.
MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITIES (Home
Experiments): Studnets are required to conduct simple experiemnts at
home using accessible every day items. The first assignment requires
each student to complete a check list that they have the items
overview of the great ideas about the laws of the Universe that shape
our daily lives, ranging from the quantum revolution that has lead to
magnetic resonance imaging and the modern electronics of our cell
phones, to structure and evolution of our Cosmos. A few
simple experiments will be carried out in class.
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 homework problems diligently. For the
online course the "home activities" form the
laboratory part of the course and is part of the final grade. The
activities are simple and studnets are expected to submit reports by
emailon at least 4 activities. Shorte ssays on topics may also bea
GRADING PLOICIES AND GRADE SCALE:
work: In addition to short
problems, short essays will be assigned on topics covered in the
Homework: Selected HW problems and
writing assignments will be
tested in the exams.
In-class Quiz: There will be 4 in-class quizzes given via Canvas. 15 mins will be given for each quiz. The due dates are given in the Canvas course calendar.
There will be
one Midterm exam (on-line) and
one on-line Final exam (not cumulative). Some exam material will involve
writing in addition to elementary problem solving. Please check the Course Calendar for the exam times and
on missed Exam or Quiz:
For missed assignments or quizzes studnets should submit a
justiifcation(sucha s medical or family energency) and requect (by
email to instructor) a makeup assignment. The makeup policy is
consistent with university policies that can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx.
Grade Return Timing: In normal operations studnets sjould expect grades to be reutrned (via Canvas) within 10 days.
Composition of Grade (Total 100)
Projected Grading Scale*
| G. Pt.
|| >= 90
|| >= 84
|| >= 80
|| >= 77
|| >= 74
|| >= 70
|| >= 67
*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.
UF POLICIES SHAPING THIS COURSE
Contact Hours: "Contact Hours" refers to the hours per week in which students are in contact with the instructor, excluding office hours or other voluntary contact. The number of contact hours in this course equals the number of credits the course offers.
a Carnegie I, research-intensive university, UF is required by federal
law to assign at least 2 hours of work outside of class for every
contact hour. Work done in these hours may include reading/viewing
assigned material and doing explicitly assigned individual or group
work, as well as reviewing notes from class, synthesizing information in
advance of exams or papers, and other self-determined study tasks.
Accommodation for Student with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would
like to request academic accommodations should connect with the
disability Resource Center by visiting
https://disability.ufl.edu/students/get-started/. This class supports
the needs of different learners; 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.
Statement Regarding Evaluations:
Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback
on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course
evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a
professional and respectful manner is available from the Gatorevals website (Links to an external site.).
Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can
complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in
their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via the evaluation system. (Links to an external site.) Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at the public results website (Links to an external site.).
Statement Regarding Course Recording:
Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the
class to refer back to and for use of enrolled students who are unable
to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or
utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image
recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video
image recorded, keep your camera off and do not use a profile image.
Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate verbally are
agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are unwilling to
consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep
your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat"
feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. The
chat will not be recorded or shared. As in all courses, unauthorized
recording and unauthorized sharing of recorded materials is prohibited.
ADDITIONAL UF POLICIES AND RESOURCES
The following are additional policies that shape my approach to teaching.
UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which
states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge
to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and
integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. 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.” The Honor Code
(sccr.dso.ufl.edu/process/student-conduct-code/) specifies a number of
behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions.
Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates
academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions
or concerns, please consult with the instructor in this class.
COUNSELING and WELLNESS Center
Counseling and Wellness Center (Links to an external site.) (352-392-1575) provides counseling and support as well as crisis and wellness services including a variety of workshops (Links to an external site.) throughout the semester (e.g., Yappy Hour, Relaxation and Resilience).
Career Connections Center
The Career Connections Center (Links to an external site.) (352-392-1601 | CareerCenterMarketing@ufsa.ufl.edu)
connects job seekers with employers and offers guidance to enrich your
collegiate experience and prepare you for life after graduation.
Dean of Students Office:
The Dean of Students Office (Links to an external site.) (352-392-1261) provides a variety of services to students and families, including Field and Fork (Links to an external site.) (UF’s food pantry) and New Student and Family programs.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (Links to an external site.) (DRCaccessUF@ufsa.ufl.edu
| 352-392-8565) helps to provide an accessible learning environment for
all by providing support services and facilitating accommodations,
which may vary from course to course. Once registered with DRC, students
will receive an accommodation letter that must be presented to the
instructor when requesting accommodations. Students should follow this
procedure as early as possible in the semester.
Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (Links to an external site.) (352-294-7850) celebrates and empowers diverse communities and advocates for an inclusive campus.
Office of Student Veteran Affairs
The Office of Student Veteran Services (Links to an external site.) (352-294-2948 | email@example.com) assists student military veterans with access to benefits.
ONE.UF (Links to an external site.) is the home of all the student self-service applications, including access to:
Official Sources of Rules and Regulations
The official source of rules and regulations for UF students is the Undergraduate Catalog (Links to an external site.) and Graduate Catalog (Links to an external site.). Quick links to other information have also been provided below.