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Electromagnetism I    Fall 2020

CLASS TIME & PLACE: Synchronous ZOOM lectures on M,W, & F  Period 8 (3:00– 3:50 PM) in NPB #1220

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233

Email: ysl@ufl.edu

Office Hours:
W & F 9th P.  But feel free to arrange a ZOOM meeting by email

TEXTBOOK: Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Ed (Cambridge University Press)


PREQUISITES: PHY 2049 or 2061 and MAP 2302 or equivalent

This is the first course of Electrodynamics.  This course covers the time-independent part of electrodynamics: electrostatics and magnetostatics up to Ch. 6 of the text. The main concepts have already been discussed in PHY 2049 or 2061.  In the introductory level course, emphasis is placed on applying these concepts to the explanation of real world phenomena and modern technology development. In this course we will revisit the concepts using more elegant and powerful mathematical tools and expand the application with more realistic situations.     

It is expected that students are comfortable with calculus I and II: vector calculus,  differentiation, integration, and trigonometry. Students should also be able to solve ordinary differential equations and be gaining knowledge on geometry of space, multi-variable calculus, partial derivatives, line and surface integral.  It is also 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.  On average 6 - 8 hours per week of full attention on this course (outside of the classes) would be required. 

CANVAS: All the material and announcements for this course will be posted on the course's Canvas website.  This includes the syllabus, a course calendar, and HW's.  You can log directly into this course at http://ufl.instructure.com/courses/.

Homework HW problems will be assigned in each lecture but will not be graded.  HW solutions will be distributed through e-mail on a regular base.   There will be problem-solving sessions planned outside the regular class hours (will be dtermined later).  Selected HW problems will be tested in the exams.   

Research Paper   Students will choose one paper from a pool of suggested papers.  After thorough reading, each student will submit a report which summarizes the motivation and main conclusion with important steps of calculations and computations.   The length of paper should be less than 6 pages, roughly less than 1500 words (double spacing, 11 pt font).  The paper should be uploaded in PDF on CANVAS.

Exams        There will be total 6 exams including the final exam.  Exam [n] tests the content of Module [n] but the final exam is a comprehensive test.  Please check the Course Calendar for the exam time and date.

Quiz            There will be one quiz in the 2nd week on Essential Math.

Policy on missed Exam and Make-up exam:
Consistent with university policies that can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx

There will be one make-up exam will be provided near the end of the semester.  The make-up exam will be a comprehensive test which covers the materials up to Exam 4.

Composition of Grade (Total 100)
12 each (total 60)
Quiz 5 each (total 5)
Research Paper 10 each (total 10)
Final Exam
25 each (total 25)

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 >= 85 >=75 >= 70 >= 65 >= 60 >= 55 >= 50 >= 45  

*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 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 at https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/students/. 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 https://ufl.bluera.com/ufl/. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/public-results/.

STUDENT PRIVACY: Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for 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, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded.  If you are not willing 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.