Course Syllabus

Text S19 PHY 2005 - Applied Physics 2

Instructor Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.
Office 2249
Office Hours M: 1 - 2 pm

Course Description

PHY2005 - Applied Physics 2. Continuation of the applied physics sequence. Electric and magnetic fields; geometrical, wave and applied optics; and modern and nuclear physics.

Course Prerequisites: PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1

Credits: 3

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 electric and magnetic fields, predict how charges and matter interact with these fields, with a thorough study of physics applied to circuits, circuit elements, and optical instruments. 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.
  • The technical ability to use Canvas, Zoom, Mastering Physics, Honorlock is expected, in addition to the use of Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent packages. 
  • 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.

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, group work 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 Physics at 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. 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.

PRIVACY POLICY: Links to privacy policy of Zoom and Mastering Physics.

Accessibility Policy: Links to Zoom and Mastering Physics policies.

Academic Support for UFO

Student Support Services


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. You will take your exam electronically using the course website and these exams will be proctored with Proctor U or Honorlock. Your instructor will let you know which proctoring system you will use for each exam. With Honorlock, there is no scheduling required with a testing proctor, and you can complete the exam anytime during the 48 hour testing window. Please make sure you complete and submit the exam before the end of the testing window. 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.

Before your exam

Important: Prior to each exam, visit the Honorlock system check to evaluate your equipment and software. Also, take the practice quiz, worth 0 points, to get familiar with the Honorlock procedure for beginning and taking proctored exams.

Download and read through the HONORLOCK-StudentPreparationLinks.pdf handout for an overview of test taking tips and requirements. There will be questions answerable from information presented on this handout on your syllabus quiz.

Getting Help

If you experience any difficulties with the proctoring system, contact Honorlock's free 24/7 LiveChat and phone support. The LiveChat is available by clicking on the chat window at the bottom right of the exam. Of course, the support team can't answer questions to help you on answering questions about the contents of the exam, but they will be willing to diagnose and offer solutions for technical difficulties with the proctoring system.

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. Quizzes based on your conceptual understanding of the reading also become available and are due on Wednesdays (or Thursdays during exam weeks) at 11:59pm EST.

An exam window opens for 48 hours. Exam 4 is offered on Monday April 29th– Tuesday April 30th. Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time.



Week Starting





Orientation, introductions, and Applied Physics 1 Review
Reading (as Needed): Chapter 2, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.5, 6.1-6.7, 6.10 




Electric Forces
Reading: 16.1-16.5



Electric Fields
Reading: 16.6-16.9



Electric Potential
Reading: 17.1-17.7




Capacitance and Capacitors
Reading: 17.8-17.9



Exam 1

(Ch 16-17)

Currents and Resistance
Reading: 18.1-18.8



Reading: 19.1-19.8



Reading: 20.1-20.11

Spring Break!




Induction and Waves
Reading: 21.1-21.7; 22-2-22.3



Exam 2

(Ch 18-20)

Mar 15-17

Geometric Optics
Reading: 23.1-23.8



Optical Instruments
Reading: 25.1-25.2



Group project Due Mar 31st

Interference and Diffraction
Reading: 24.1-24.10



Exam 3

(Ch 21-25)

Apr 12-14

Quantum Physics
Reading: 27.1-27.3; 27.7-8; 27.10-12



Nuclear Physics
Reading: 30.1-30.5


4/29/19 – 4/30/19

Exam 4

(Ch 27,30; 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


Exam 2


Exam 3


Exam 4




Group Project




Reading Quizzes


Discussion Postings


Total Course Points



Course Summary:

Date Details Due