Course Rules
 iClicker Information

Office Hours Calendar 
Physics Department 
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Jan 12, 2016: All students (Sections 1 & 2) must sign up for the same Mastering Physics CourseID: ==> MPPHYS2020SPRING2016 <==

Section One

Lecture Times: Tu,Th 9:30 - 10:45, Room 203, Physics Building

Instructor: Professor Robert Hirosky

Office 101, High Energy Physics Lab. Office telephone: 982-5721
Behind Slaughter Rec. Center, Building 10 on Stadium/Hereford Map

Email address: rjh2j@virginia.edu

Office Hours: Tuesdays (11:00 – noon) and Wednesdays (2:15 – 3:15 PM)
(Note: office hours held in room 302 of physics building)
Typical times shown see the Office Hours link at the top of this page for weekly schedules

Section Two

Lecture Times: Tu,Th, 11:00 - 12:15 , Room 203, Physics Building

Instructor: Professor Nilanga Liyanage

Office 321, Physics Building. Office telephone: 924-6596

Email address: nl8n@virginia.edu

Office Hours: Tuesdays (2:00 – 3:00 PM) and Wednesdays (2:00 – 3:00 PM)
Typical times shown see the Office Hours link at the top of this page for weekly schedules

Grader for both sections: Bakhtiar Chaudry (bsc4nj)

Office Hours in Physics room 220 are posted in the calendar link at the top of this page

Lecture Notes for either section: will be posted on UVaCollab after the lecture

Email Communications
If you have exemption/extension/score correction requests for homework or clicker quizzes based on valid excuses, please email the course grader, Hamed Vakilitaleghani (hv8rf), with a copy to your instructor.

Midterm Exams
Three midterm tests will be given at the dates and times shown in the syllabus. The tests will be administered during regular class time. The tests will consist of multiple choice questions.

Section I : May 9, 2-5 pm
Section II : May 7, 9am - noon
Final exams will be held in Room PHYS-203 (the regular class room)

Honor Rules for Exams
The use of calculators is permitted for performing numerical calculations and equation sheets will be provided.
The exams are closed book, closed notes. No additional electronic or internet resources, etc. are allowed to be used.

Physics (with Mastering Physics), by James S. Walker,is available at UVa bookstore. If you don't already have one, you will also need to purchase a transmitter (iClicker) that will be used in class lectures (see below). You need to register online using your computing ID in order to use Mastering Physics.The course ID for your section is listed at the top of this page. Click here for registration.

Note that there are many available versions and editions of this text book. Any book from the following list is acceptable:
 1. Physics Technology Update Plus MasteringPhysics with eText -- Access Card Package (4th Edition)
 SBN-13: 978-0321903037
 ISBN-10: 032190303X
 2. Physics (4th Edition)
 ISBN-13: 978-0321611116
 ISBN-10: 032161111X
 3. Physics Technology Update Volume 2 (4th Edition)
 ISBN-13: 978-0321905116
 ISBN-10: 0321905113
 4. Physics with Mastering Physics (3rd Edition)
 ISBN-13: 978-0136138969
 ISBN-10: 0136138969
 5. Physics with MasteringPhysics, Volume 2 (4th Edition)
 SBN-13: 978-0321597502
 ISBN-10: 0321597508

Physics Technology Update is the newest edition. The regular 4th edition, the one without technology update, and the 3rd edition are still in circulation and we know of no reason that they would not be sufficient for the course; if you already have one of these books there is no need to purchase the latest edition. The "Student Study Guide and Selected Solutions Manual" associated with this text book is also available. It is optional and you are not required to buy this. We have heard mixed reviews from students about its usefulness.

Note that we will be using MasteringPhysics for homework this semester; you could get the MasteringPhysics access code packaged with new textbook or directly from MP registration site here. If you buy a used textbook or a version that does not come with the access code, the cost of buying the code will be $65.95.

Office Hours for Help
Faculty members and teaching assistants have office hours. You can ask questions about homework or lecture material. We will not work out the homework for you, but will try to guide you. Office hours can sometimes be crowded. They are not really a tutoring session.

Student Response System Transmitters (Clickers)
Every student will be required to have an iClicker transmitter in class to personally respond to various conceptual and/or numerical questions throughout the lectures. Three
percent of your grade will be derived from your performance in the quizzes given during lectures. The transmitters allow you to respond anonymously; they are for sale at the Newcomb Hall University Bookstore. You might be able to sell the transmitters back to the bookstore when the class is finished.

Click here for further important information.

When you have purchased your transmitter, you must register its ID number so we can know when to credit you for answering.
The transmitter registration is done via UVaCollab . Do your registration right away, quiz scores will become relevant starting in the third class Jan. 28th.

Course Objectives
The aim of this course is to teach you concepts and understanding of the physical world. Doing problem solving is an important part of this course, and your grade will depend on your ability to understand concepts and to solve problems. An understanding of the material is crucial to your ability in problem solving, as is the acquisition of a set of skills about problem solving. The lectures are oriented towards helping you understand the concepts and how to solve problems. We will perform many demonstrations and solve several examples and problems in class and during the discussion section.

Reading Assignments
Reading assignments for each lecture are listed in the syllabus. Read each assignment before the lecture and again as soon as possible after the lecture. It is crucial that you read the assigned text before class. Your instructor will assume that you are already familiar with the basic definitions and new ideas in the text and will not attempt full coverage of this material. Instead, your instructor will focus on the most important concepts, and material that the students find challenging or interesting. Attending the lectures and seeing demonstrations is an important way for you to understand the material. Preclass worksheets will be due most weeks (submitted) via Mastering Physics. These will check on your progress with the reading assignments.

Homework Assignments: Through Mastering Physics Website
Students will be expected to work and study outside the classroom. The problems will be posted and available on MasteringPhysics, and the responses will be given on MasteringPhysics. Note that most -- but not all -- homework assignments are from end of chapter problems in the textbook.

We are using MasteringPhysics for the homework, and you must submit your answers on MasteringPhysics. Because the numbers in the problems are randomized, you must log on to MasteringPhysics with your login and password and obtain your personal assignment for the week. Please note each week how many submissions you are allowed. Your last submission is the one graded. Note that you must finish by the posted time on the due date or your grade will be zero.


Final grades will be determined by the following distribution:

Final Exam


Three Midterm Exams




Preclass Worksheets


Quizzes in Lecture (iClicker)


Course Rules and Regulations

It is important for students to be aware of these rules and regulations which may change throughout the course. Changes will be announced in class, and all changes will be listed on the UVaCollab site or this web page. Students are responsible for keeping up with the Course Rules and Regulations as stated on the website.

Honor Rules for Exams
The use of calculators is permitted for performing numerical calculations.
The exams are closed book, closed notes. No additional electronic or internet resources, etc. are allowed to be used.

In general, assignments and notices will be listed on the course web pages. This includes, but is not limited to, homework assignments, syllabus changes, course rules and regulations changes and additions, dates and times of any review sessions, and material to be covered on class exams.

  1. Illness (as an excuse) must always be established in writing (e-mail is acceptable).

  2. No makeup exams will be given. There will be no rescheduling of exams or quizzes. Missed exams receive a grade of zero unless an excuse for missing the exam is given to and accepted by the professor before the exam. In such unusual circumstances, when an exam is excused, the remaining exams will be averaged. Students should not depend on this happening.

  3. Homework is due when posted on MasteringPhysics. No extra credit or makeup assignments will be given. Keep up! Any request for an extension must be made before the due date, not after.

  4. Collaboration on homework problems: We encourage you to discuss homework problems with each other and to work out together methods of solution. Our experience has been that it is valuable for you to work the homework problems by yourself before seeking help. The homework answer that you submit to MasteringPhysics must be your own that you calculate. It is an honor violation for you to copy another person's solution.

  5. Attendance policy: Attendance is not taken, but you are responsible for all assigned material, whether it is presented in the lectures or not. You are also responsible for knowing the problem assignments and for any announcements of changes in the schedule that may be made in class.

  6. See the section on Student Response System Transmitters for policy considering the transmitters.

  7. The following is unacceptable in class: newspaper reading, cell phones ringing or in use, use of laptop computers or other personal electronic devices for any reason other than directly for the class.

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