PHY 2061 — Honors Physics 2 — Fall 2018

Course: PHY 2061, Section 0829, Honors Physics 2, Class Hours: T-Th, Periods 4 and 5 (10:40 - 11:30 am and 11:45 - 12:35 pm), Room 1002
Instructor: G. R. Stewart, Office NPB 2132, phone 392-9263, e-mail, Office Hours: Tuesday Period 6 (12:50-1:40 pm) or anytime by arrangement  

Course Description: This is the second semester of the Enriched Physics With Calculus (Honors Physics) sequence PHY 2060–2061 for students with prior preparation in physics who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the subject. The enriched sequence covers similar material to the Physics With Calculus sequence PHY 2048–2049, but treats basic topics at a faster pace, incorporates more advanced material, and places greater emphasis on instilling conceptual understanding and on developing the ability to solve more challenging problems. PHY 2061 covers concepts in electromagnetism.

Prerequisites: This course requires that you have studied Newtonian mechanics in a previous calculus-based physics course such as PHY 2060 and at least have co-registered in a vector calculus course (Calc 3).

Topics: Maxwell's electromagnetic theory breaks into four broad subdivisions that concentrate on static and dynamic aspects of the theory.

Grading: Grades will be based 25% on homework sets, 25% each on two midterm exams and one cumulative final exam. 
Homework:  Unless otherwise announced, homework will be due each Tuesday in class.  Homework can be found on the elearning web site.  Solutions will be posted on the class’ Canvas/e-Learning web site after it is due.  

The final exam is 7:30-9:30 am on  Thursday Dec. 13 (Exam group 13A) in our regular classroom 1002  The midterm exams will be in class, closed book, with 1 formula sheet 8.5x11” allowed for each test.  The anticipated letter grade scale is A: 85%; A-: 81%; B+: 77%; B: 70%; B-: 65%; C+: 60%; C: 50%; C-: 45%.  For information on current UF grading policies for assigning grade points, see here.

The following paragraphs of advice on how to do well in Physics are shamelessly plagiarized from an earlier class.   You are of course free to make your own choices, but - if you should feel inclined to accept advice (which although 'free' is not of zero worth) - you will find it helpful:
  I do not take daily attendance, but it is to your advantage to attend class. You may spend most of your time distracted by things other than physics, but in between you will have the opportunity to learn what subjects I think are important, and you can then concentrate on these subjects during your reading. If by some unfortunate set of circumstances you do miss class, do not ask me if I said anything important. Instead, ask a classmate; she or he is likely to give an honest answer, and you won't offend me. There will be a substantial number of examples discussed in class that are not in the textbook, and examples in class will, in some sort of modified form, appear on tests. If you miss class you will not do as well in this course.
  Do the assigned homework. This is the drudge part of physics, but it is absolutely necessary. We will learn grand ideas and see their wondrous applications in class. But, your understanding is only superficial unless you can apply these same grand ideas to completely new circumstances. In course work, this is usually done with homework problems. Do not be surprised if the homework is frustrating at times; solving one challenging problem makes the next much easier. And homework problems, with some modification, often appear on tests. Doing all of the homework is the easiest way to improve your grade. Not doing homework is the easiest way to lower your grade.

Textbook: The course text is

This text is required, meaning that you will be assumed to have access to this text to complete reading and homework assignments.

Other books:


Outside Help Services: The Teaching Center in Broward Hall (tel. 392-2010) offers a range of free services, including individual tutoring in physics. 

Accommodations: Students requesting classroom accommodations must first register with the Disabilities Resources Program, located in 001 Reid Hall. The Disabilities Resources Program will provide documentation to the student, who must then deliver this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodations.

Academic Honesty: All University of Florida students are required to abide by the University's Academic Honesty Guidelines and by the Honor Code, which reads as follows: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. 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." Cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines will not be tolerated and will be pursued through the University's adjudication procedures.