Course Syllabus

Text F18 PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1

Course Description

PHY2004 - Applied Physics 1. Emphasizes the practical applications of basic physics to a range of professions, including architecture, agricultural sciences, building construction and forest resources. Mechanics of motion, forces, energy, momentum, wave motion and heat. 3 credits

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have improved their existing foundation in the concepts, principles, terminology, and methodologies used to describe motion (translational, rotational and combined) of simple objects, the basic properties of matter, harmonic oscillations, and wave motion. Specifically, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze particular physical situations, and thus identify the fundamental principles pertinent to those situations to make successful predictions of system behavior,
  2. Apply fundamental principles to formulate mathematical equations describing the relation between physical quantities in these particular situations,
  3. Solve mathematical equations to find the values of physical quantities, and
  4. Communicate unambiguously both the principles that apply to a situation and the results of specific calculations resulting from the steps above.

Student Expectations

To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:

  • Visit the weekly module page at the beginning of the week to understand the module learning objectives and to plan your engagement with course content for the week ahead.
  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook and to view the corresponding lecture videos.
  • Work through the examples presented in the text and in the practice problem videos in order to learn the physics concepts, principles, and problem-solving techniques of introductory physics.
  • Complete reading quizzes and homework assignments to self–assess your understanding of the module’s concepts and problem solving strategies on a weekly basis.
  • To seek help from your instructors and other students when specific content does not make sense, and to seek out additional practice when needed to gain mastery before moving on to future modules. These additional materials should include problems at the end of the chapter that are not assigned as part of your homework.

This course requires an extensive amount of time to do all of the above, and students should plan accordingly to spend 12 hours per week on course preparation and practice.

Required Materials

The required text is Physics: Principles with Applications by Douglas Giancoli, 7thed, published by Pearson. The course is set up for an All-Access opt-in to purchase the text online for students who have registered in the course. The opt-in procedure begins with this link:, which is also listed on the course Canvas website with further instructions.

The required online homework system is MasteringPhysics, access to which is included in the purchase of the online textbook described above. Access Mastering Physics using the link provided in the Canvas website.

In addition, ProctorU registration and scheduling is required for examinations. You need access to a computer with a video camera, a microphone, and a good internet connection. In order to take exams under the supervision of ProctorU, these technology resources must be available in a quiet room where you can take the exams in privacy.

Canvas Information

Canvas is the where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

  • For Canvas, Passwords, or any other computer-related technical support contact the IT Service Desk.
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    • 877 878-8325

Course Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to watch the lecture and problem-solving videos and to attempt the online reading quizzes, homework, and exams by their assigned deadlines. You are also expected to interact with the instructor and with your fellow students through discussions of the material through the Canvas discussion forum.

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, reading quiz, and exam windows are announced in the course calendar and appear at the bottom of this page.

HOMEWORK POLICY:Homework sets are completed online through Mastering Physicsat any time between the opening of the assignment and the deadline announced in the course calendar. These assignments are not timed or proctored, but they are subject to the UF Policy on Academic Misconduct (see below).

It is permissible to seek assistance or collaborate on homework with your instructor or your assigned study group partners only. This assistance may include help with interpreting the problem, identifying relevant information in the textbook or course videos, or identifying one’s errors.  No credit is available for late assignments. (See “Getting Help” below for what to do in the event of technical problems with the Canvas e-Learning system.)

EXAM POLICY:  Three mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be taken online, each under the supervision of ProctorU during a time window announced in the course calendar. Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone. You need both to register with ProctorU and to schedule each exam with ProctorU at least 72 hours (3 full days) ahead of time. Details are in the introductory material.

CLASS DISCUSSION: Each week will introduce a new module (chapter) on physics. Please post your observations or questions on the material, or help answer your fellow classmates’ questions, using the Canvas discussion forum. Your discussion postings are graded based on the quality of the questions posed about course content, the quality of the feedback offered to other students, and the amount of interaction you offer to the course. Discussion postings are evaluated four times throughout the semester, coinciding with each exam.

MAKE-UP POLICY:Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work are consistent with university policies that can be found here. For a foreseeable absence, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as requiring an accommodation at least one week prior to the absence.

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 85.0%
A- < 85.0 % to 80.0%
B+ < 80.0 % to 75.0%
B < 75.0 % to 70.0%
B- < 70.0 % to 65.0%
C+ < 65.0 % to 60.0%
C < 60.0 % to 55.0%
C- < 55.0 % to 50.0%
D+ < 50.0 % to 45.0%
D < 45.0 % to 40.0%
D- < 40.0 % to 35.0%
F < 35.0 % to 0.0%                        

Online Proctoring

In order to maintain a high standard of academic integrity and assure that the value of your University of Florida degree is not compromised, course exams will be proctored. Some students will take their exams online and will be proctored by ProctorU. You will take your exam electronically using the course website. This means that you will register with ProctorU early in the semester (if you are already registered, you can continue to use the same account) and sign up for a time for a certified proctor in a testing facility to observe you on your computer while you take your exam. You will need a webcam, speakers, microphone and reliable Internet connection to be able to take your exams. Wireless internet is not recommended. You may also need a mirror or other reflective surface. Google Chrome is the only supported browser for taking exams in Canvas.

Sign up for an account with ProctorU (Links to an external site.) during the first week of the semester. If you already have a ProctorU account, you can use the same account. Register with ProctorU (Links to an external site.) for your exam appointment times early in the semester. You must sign up at least 72 hours before an exam. Failure to do so will result in additional fees and reduce the likelihood that the time you want will be available. You should receive a confirmation email from ProctorU.

Before your exam

Prior to each exam and in the same environment you plan to take the exam, go to the ProctorU Test Page     (Links to an external site.) to ensure your computer is ready for online proctoring. After you get the 6 checks that your system is ready,


it is strongly recommended that you take the extra step to connect to a live person:


This process takes just a few minutes and is completely free.

Important: Follow the tips provided on the Exam Preparations handout . If you are unable to take an exam because of a technical glitch on your end, that is your responsibility. However, if you do experience technical difficulties during the exam, ProctorU will document those difficulties and communicate with your instructor to make alternative arrangements.

Download the How it Works handout for instructions on setting up your account, scheduling an appointment, and taking exams.

Getting Help

If you experience any trouble with online registration, you should use the chat app found on every page of the ProctorU website or call 855-772-8678. Your instructor cannot make your appointments for you.


Institutional Policies and Procedures

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students requesting accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation. You must submit this documentation prior to submitting assignments or taking the quizzes or exams. Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations.

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT:  Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students should be sure that they understand the UF Student Honor Code at

**NETIQUETTE: COMMUNICATION COURTESY:  All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions and chats.

COURSE EVALUATION:course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: Excused absences and allowances for make-up work are consistent with university policies in the undergraduate catalog  ( ) and require appropriate documentation.

Course Schedule and Calendar

On Sunday of each week, a new module will become available providing access to lecture videos, worked example videos, and a homework assignment (due eight days later on the following Monday at 11:59pm EST). Further, an adaptive homework assignment may be offered for additional practice based on your total homework assignment score.

An exam window opens for 48 hours during an exam week beginning on the Tuesday of the exam week (at 12:00am EST) and closing on the next Wednesday (at 11:59pm EST). Exam 4 is offered on Monday December 10th– Tuesday December 11th. Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time.



Week Starting





Orientation, introductions, and math review, scientific notation, units
Reading: 1.1-1.8




Describing motion in One Dimension
Reading: 2.1-2.8



Motion in Two Dimensions
Reading: 3.1 –3.7



Newton’s Laws of Motion
Reading: 4.1-4.8



Exam 1

(Mod 1-4)

Circular Motion and Gravity
Reading: 5.1-5.3;5.5-5.7




Work and Energy
Reading: 6.1,6.3-6.10



Linear Momentum
Reading: 7.1-7.8



Rotational Motion
Reading: 8.1-8.6, 8.8



Exam 2

(Mod 5-8)

Reading: 9.1-9.6




Oscillations and Waves
Reading: 11.1-11.9



Reading: 12.1,12.2, 12.4,12.7,12.8



Exam 3

(Mod 9-11)

Temperature and Kinetic Theory
Reading: 13.1-13.12



Reading 14.1-14.8


Thanksgiving Week: No assignments due



Laws of Thermodynamics

Reading: 15.1-15.9


12/09/18 – 12/11/18

(updated on Aug 30th)

Exam 4

(Mod 12-14; cumulative)



Disclaimer:This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives.  As we go through the semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity.  Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.

Grade Calculation

Grades in the course are awarded based on an overall course score made up as follows:


Max Points

Exam 1

(Modules 1-4)


Exam 2

(Modules 5-8)


Exam 3

(Modules 9-11)


Exam 4

(Modules 12-14; cumulative)




Reading Quizzes


Discussion Postings


Total Course Points



Course Summary:

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