Course Syllabus

PHY 2005 - Applied Physics II

Instructor Contact


Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.




Message via elearning

Office Hours

 W : 1 – 2.30 pm


NPB 1002, p5, 11.45 - 12.35


Course Description

PHY2005 - Applied Physics 2.

In this course you will learn about electricity and magnetism; 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:

  • Check eLearning for announcements regularly.
  • to plan your engagement with course content for the week ahead.
  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook
  • Work through the examples presented in the text and do the homework problems 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, 7th ed, 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:

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

Note: While a loose-leaf edition of the book is available in the bookstore, it does not include the MasteringPhysics subscription, which you will need in order to complete the homework for this course.

Optional, but strongly encouraged: H-ITT clicker for in-class participation; registration information is at You will receive 2 points for a correct answer, 1 point for an incorrect answer, and 0 points for no answer. This will count towards your 5% in class participation grade.

eLearning will house the course grades, announcements, links to homework and any files for this course. MasteringPhysics is integrated into Canvas and is the source of your homework problems.


For Canvas, passwords, or any other computer-related technical support contact the

UF Help Desk: o phone: (352) 392-HELP (4357) o website:  


  • Brad Maynard from Pearson is our UF rep. He can answer any and all questions you may have about UF All Access and MasteringPhysics registration and software usage.


Course Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY: You are expected to attend lecture MWF as scheduled. You are also encouraged to attend office hours to clarify any doubts arising from the teaching. If you want one-on-one time for a discussion please book ahead by messaging the instructor for a slot of 15 minutes during the office hours window.

I will be posting my lecture notes here after class; however, I will not answer requests to explain any notation, etc. If you are attending class, they should largely make sense. I strongly encourage you to explore the videos (provided in each module) to supplement our work in class.

HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework sets are completed online through MasteringPhysics 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 with your classmates. 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 administered during the course. All midterms will be administered in class, and tentative dates for all the exams are listed below. Exams are not collaborative and will be completed alone.

You may use any scientific or graphing calculator on the exams, as long as it does not have the ability to communicate with other devices electronically. Mobile devices and laptops are not permitted. Using a phone is not permitted, not even as a calculator. Use of them constitutes academic fraud.

I will provide you with scratch paper for your exam. You may make a hand-written formula sheet for each exam on an 11 x 8.5-in standard size letter paper. The sheet can have formulae only – no diagrams, and no problems/solutions.

MAKE-UP POLICY: Requirements for class attendance 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. There will be no makeup exams since the lowest exam score will be dropped.


Grade Distribution

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


Percentage of Course Grade

Exams (Total 4)

60% (20 x 3 + Final) Lowest of 3 will be dropped

Group Project




Class Participation


Reading Quizzes



Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:




100 % to 85.0%


< 85.0 % to 80.0%


< 80.0 % to 75.0%


< 75.0 % to 70.0%


< 70.0 % to 65.0%


< 65.0 % to 60.0%


< 60.0 % to 55.0%


< 55.0 % to 50.0%


< 50.0 % to 45.0%


< 45.0 % to 40.0%


< 40.0 % to 35.0%


< 35.0 % to 0.0%                        


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: You will be asked to evaluate the 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.

University Honesty Policy

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Honor Code ( specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.


Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use.  Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator.  Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.  We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.


Student Privacy

There are federal laws protecting your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments.  For more information, please see:


Campus Resources:

Health and Wellness

U Matter, We Care:

If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352 392-1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.


Counseling and Wellness Center:, and  392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.


Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS)

Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.


University Police Department at 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies), or


Academic Resources

E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to


Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601.  Career assistance and counseling.


Library Support, Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.


Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring.


Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.


Student Complaints Campus:



Tentative Schedule


Tentative Schedule







 Intro + Syllabus + ch16.1


16.2 - 16.5





 ch 16.7-16.9, HW 1,

Intro to MP, Physics Primer


 17.1 - 17.3, RQ 2


 17.4 - 17.5



 MLK Day   HW2


 17.7, 17.8, RQ 3





 ch 18.1 = 18.3, HW 3


 18.4 - 18.6, RQ 4a





Exam 1 Review, HW 4a, HW 4b, RQ4b


Exam 1 (ch 16 - 17)

No RQ due


 ch 19.1 - 19.19.3



19.4 -19.5,  No HW due


 19.6 + 19.8 , RQ 6





 20.4 - 20.6, HW 6


 20.7 - 20.8, RQ 7


20 .9 - 20.11



 21.1 - 21.3, HW 7


 21.4 -21.5, RQ 8


 21.6 - 21.7



 Spring Break


 Spring Break


 Spring Break



 Exam 2 Review, HW 8


 Exam 2 (ch 18-20), RQ 9


 22.2 - 22.3



 23.1 - 23.3, HW 9


23.4- 23.6, RQ 10


23.7 - 23.8



 25.1, - 25.2 HW 10


24..1 - 24.3, RQ 12


24.4 - 24..6



24.7 - 24.10 , HW 12


Exam 3 Review ,

RQ 11  


 Group Project due for all

Presentation in Class for even numbers



Group Project Presentation in Class for odd numbered groups, HW 11


 Exam 3 (ch 22-25), RQ 13


27.1 - 27.3



  27.7 - 27.8, HW 13


 27.10 - 27.12, RQ 14


 30.1 - 30.3



 30.4- 30.5, HW 14


 Exam 4 Review

Apr 30th Tuesday: Exam 4 10 am - 12 noon (ch 16 - 30) In class NPB 1002

Course Summary:

Date Details Due