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CLASS TIME & PLACE: T 6-7 & R  6 Period on-line

Instructor: Neil Sullivan

Office: NPB #2235

Email: sullivan@phys.ufl.edu   (Preferred form of contact)

Office Hours:
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.


   "Physics for Poets" (5th Ed.) by Robert H. March;  (McGraw Hill, publisher)


   "Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (Great Discoveries) “  by Michio Kaku (W.W. Norton, publisher)

  "Great Experiments in Physics: First hand accounts form Galileo to Einstein"  (2nd Edition) by  M.H. Shamos (Editor); (Dover Publications, NY)



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 necessary.

An 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 ssigned.


Assigned work:  In addition to short problems, short essays will be assigned  on topics covered in the course.

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.

Exams:       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 dates.

Policy 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)
Laboratory 15
Mid Term



Projected Grading Scale*
Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
G. Pt. 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 1.0 0.67
Score >= 94 >= 90 >=87 >= 84 >= 80 >= 77 >= 74 >= 70 >= 67 >=64  >=61

*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.


  • 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.
  • Workload: As 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.


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 (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

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Office of Student Veteran Affairs

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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.