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Syllabus for PHY 2049 & 2049L – U31 (Spring 2019)c 2019 Geoff Potvin†PHY 2049 & 2049L – U31: Physics with Calculus IIGeoff Potvin, PhD (Instructor of Record)Department of Physics, CP 206STEM Transformation Institute, VH 144Florida International UniversityMiami, FL, 33199B[email protected]T(305) 348-7614Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30 in CP 206 or by appointmentMiguel Rodriguez (Teaching Assistant)Department of Physics, VH 160B[email protected]Course DescriptionPHYS 2049 Physics with Calculus II: Electricity, Magnetism and Optics.This course is the second course in introductory physics. It comprises boththe “lecture” and “lab” components of introductory college physics; bothhave been integrated into a single studio-format course. The topics coveredinclude electricity and magnetism, field theory, and optics.The learninggoals of this course are to (1) develop a model-centered, constructivist under-standing of electricity & magnetism and optics, (2) learn strong laboratoryskills using computer-based data acquisition and analysis tools, (3) developself-directed learning skills, and (4) learn to think clearly and simply aboutthe physical world.Class Schedule and Attendance PolicyThe regular class time will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:05 – 12:15 in AHC5 - 201/203, starting January 08,2018 and running until April 18, 2018, with the exceptions of March 12 & 14 (Spring Break). Punctual attendanceis required.There is a 15-minute grace period in the event the instructors and Teaching Assistant is late forclass. Because of the highly interactive nature of the course and the cumulative nature of the material it is stronglyrecommended that students not miss any classes, as it will be very difficult to make up later. Students are responsiblefor all materials, assignments, and announcements made in class.Course Structure & ContentThis is a studio-format, integrated physics course in which the artificial distinction between “lecture” and “labora-tory” does not exist. Because of this, youmustbe enrolled in both 2049-U31 and 2049L-U31 and you will receivethe same final grade for both courses based on your entire performance.This course is organized in a way thatis significantly different from a traditional physics course.It is activity-based and requires the sharing of ideasand working in groups. The activities in this class include “thought” experiments, open-ended question activities,problem-solving, and experiments. There will be little, if any, traditional lecturing during the entire semester.†Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire document are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided thisnotice is preserved.
PHY 2049 & 2049L – U31 SYLLABUS (SPRING 2019)2The nature of introductory physics is such that a small number of mathematical/physical models can beusefully applied to a wide variety of situation and systems. Thus, in this semester, you will engage in the study of