Physics 2020 - Fall 2017

Physics 2020 - General Physics II with Applicaitons to the Human Body
Richard Ingebretsen

Course Information

Instructor: Richard Ingebretsen
     Office Hours: M W, JFB B-7 after class
     Email Rich

Course Administrator: Mary Ann Woolf
     205 JFB
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Prerequisites: MATH 1050 and 1060.

Teaching Assistants and Discussion Sections

TA Discussion Section Time Room
 Shiyu Nie  2020-002  M W 4:35-5:24 p.m.  LCB 225
 Xiaotong (Toni) Zheng  2020-003  T H 3:05-3:55 p.m.  LCB 225

Additional Help

Additional help: Help Lab. The help lab is specialized to the course with the course TAs. The help lab is located in JFB 211.

Exam Schedule

Exam 1 Wednesday, September 13
Exam 2 Wednesday, October 4
Exam 3 Wednesday, October 25
Exam 4 Wednesday, November 15
Exam 5 Wednesday, December 6

Textbook and Homework

The textbook for Phys 2020 is College Physics 1st Ed. By Freedman, et al. There are other supplementary texts that are optional. The text (e-book) is purchased through an online homework environment called WebAssign. The bookstore will NOT be carrying any hardcopies of the text. The actual homework assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign website You must purchase the homework portion on WebAssign. The cost for the homework portion only for one semester s $41.19; for the homework and e-book for one semester it is $62.44. Payment MUST be made by credit card or Paypal account. This is explained when you first log into WebAssign. You will be given a grace period before payment must be submitted in order for you to maintain access to WebAssign. If you would like a physical copy of the book, a quick search of the internet will produce several results to rent or purchase a new or used copy of the text. Note that the book comes in paperback or hardcover, and that there are two volumes which may be sold separately, or together. Phys 2020 will be using only volumes 2.

Homework scores acessed through WebAssign ( All homework is submitted within the WebAssign environment. (Log in to WebAssign using your university id and password.) The actual assignments are accessed individually by each student when they enter the WebAssign site. It is recommended that you print out homework assignments to work on offline, and then when you’ve completed the assignment go back to WebAssign to submit your answers. Do not disregard the importance of the homework part of your course grade.

Discussion Sections

The discussion sections will be focused on group work. Groups of 5-6 students will be assigned in discussion on the first day of class. You will remain in these groups for the entirety of the course. As mentioned above, the groups will take quizzes together on certain days. They will also work through problems (primarily from the homework) under the guidance of the TA.


There will be five midterm examinations. If you are late for an exam you reduce your exam time. No exams will be dropped when determining your grade. You must take every exam. In addition, there will be no make-up or early exams given. Exam coverage will be from the previous exam to that work most recently covered in discussion. The exams will be mostly problem solving and an occasional interpretative question.

Bring a picture I.D. to the test. You may also bring 1 (and only 1) 3 × 5 or 4 × 6 card (hand-written only) and a calculator. Calculators with connective capability will not be allowed. Cell phones must be silenced and stored at all times. Procedures may be adjusted as necessary. A key to each exam will be posted on the course web page by Monday afternoon. See the address at the top of the page.

Appeals: If you believe a mistake was made in grading a problem on your exam, you may appeal to have the problem regraded by the course marshal. In this case, the entire problem will be regraded. Note that this means your grade on the problem could be raised or lowered depending on the judgement of the marshal, thus it is highly recommended that you only use this option if there is a clear and egregious error in the grading. To make an appeal, follow these steps:
    1. Obtain a re-grade sheet from the course web site.
    2. Follow the directions on the form. Fill in the form, and be specific as to why you would like the problem regraded. The more specific and relevant to the physics of the problem your statement is, the more likely you are to be awarded more points, however it does not guarantee that you will be awarded more points.
    3. 3. Submit the completed re-grade form to Dr. Ingebretsen or Mary Ann (JFB 205). The deadline for submitting re-grade forms is noon on the Friday following the exam. It is advised that you submit your form as soon as possible to ensure that your appeal will be considered.
    4. Please DO NOT resubmit your exam. We copy the original exams and use those to complete the regrade assessment.


Every Wednesday there will be a short quiz given at the end of lecture. The quiz will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. These quizzes will serve as a type of “inventory check” to ensure that the most fundamental concepts are understood. A follow-up quiz will then be given at the beginning of the next discussion section (either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on which you are registered for). The first quiz will be taken individually, while the follow-up quiz will be taken in groups.


The homework, exams, and quizzes will each contribute equally to your overall course grade. You can anticipate that the course average will correspond to a letter grade somewhere around a B-.

Some Final Reminders

We have found that knowledge of the prerequisite math greatly influences your ability to do well in this class. If you feel like your math is rusty, you might consider taking this course another time. We want you to spend your time learning physics, not fighting against the math to make the physics work.

Try not to miss lecture. Much of what is on each exam comes from what is said in lectures. Also, homework is due on-line by a specific time--after that time has elapsed you will not be able to submit homework.

Try not to miss discussion. The TA's are "in tune" to what is going on in the class. They are a great resource and will help "prep" you for the course.

It is my policy that everyone can get an "A" in the course. The exams are designed to test your knowledge on the subject matter, not to create a "curve." We want you all to do well.

Important Dates

Last day to add classes without a permission 4code is Friday, August 25.
Last day to drop (delete) classes with no tuition penalty is Friday, September 1.
Last day to add classes is Friday, Friday, September 1.
Last day to elect CR/NC option is Friday, September 1.
Last day to withdraw from term length classes is Friday, October 20.
Last day to reverse CR/NC option is Friday, December 1.
Last day of class is Thursday, December 7.
NOTE: It is now university policy that your courses will be irrevocably DROPPED if tuition is not paid on time!
Here is the entire Fall 2016 Academic Calendar.


Monday, September 4 - Labor Day
Sunday-Sunday, October 8-15 - Fall Break
Thursday-Friday, November 23-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Students with Disabilities

The University of Utah provides equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course, contact the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.

Academic Integrity

The policy on academic integrity (Student Behavior Code) can be found on the University web site at The student is responsible for reading and understanding this policy. In this class the Student Behavior Code will be strictly followed.

Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, cross-cultural differences, etc., can interfere with a student’s ability to succeed and thrive at the University of Utah. For helpful resources contact the Center for Student Wellness -; 801-581-7776

All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting, according to the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook. Students have specific rights in the classroom as detailed in Article III of the Code. The Code also specifies proscribed conduct (Article XI) that involves cheating on tests, plagiarism, and/or collusion, as well as fraud, theft, etc. Students should read the Code carefully and know they are responsible for the content. According to Faculty Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from class and a failing grade. Students have the right to appeal such action to the Student Behavior Committee. Faculty…must strive in the classroom to maintain a climate conducive to thinking and learning.” PPM 8-12.3, B. “Students have a right to support and assistance from the University in maintaining a climate conducive to thinking and learning.” PPM 8-10, II. A.

Sexual Misconduct
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender (which includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression) is a Civil Rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, color, religion, age, status as a person with a disability, veteran’s status or genetic information. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 135 Park Building, 801-581-8365, or the Office of the Dean of Students, 270 Union Building, 801-581-7066. For support and confidential consultation, contact the Center for Student Wellness, 426 SSB, 801-581-7776. To report to the police, contact the Department of Public Safety, 801-585-2677 (COPS).

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