Course Syllabus

F19 PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1


Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.




Office Hours

2 pm – 2.45 pm: M 

 45 min in the morning -  varied times - see homepage for current time : W

You may seek an appointment by emailing me should you require a one-on-one meeting.

Class Time

MWF p8, 3 pm – 3.50 pm in NPB 1001














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,  wave motion and heat. 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:

  • To read the textbook section before coming to the class on that section. This way you will receive the most out of the class time.
  • The technical ability to use Canvas, Mastering Physics, in addition to the use of Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent packages. 
  • Full participation in the group problem solving session 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 instructor 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 9 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: ). If you experience difficulty and are on campus you can approach the Pearson Bookstore Helpdesk in the first week of the semester.

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.

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


HITT REMOTE:  The course requires the use of a student response remote. See this page ( (Links to an external site.)) to make sure you get a compatible remote and register it properly.  Quick Quizzes in class will begin the week of Sep 2. You will need to bring your remote to class each class period and be sure to have registered it at the above link by then so that you can obtain points. Correct responses are worth 2 points, and (to encourage participation) incorrect responses will be worth 1 point. Responding for other students (using their H-ITT remotes) is considered cheating by both parties.  

Mechanics Surveys:  These surveys are a new addition to the introductory-level courses. For the  'Mechanics Survey A' no preparation is required. It is designed as a benchmark and will help me teach better. You will receive full points for fully participating in these tests, you will not receive a grade for these tests. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to attend the lecture and 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 activities and assignments in the course. The use of the Canvas discussion forum for course questions is encouraged so that everyone in class benefits from it.

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, reading quiz, and exam dates are as stated in the syllabus. Occasionally minor modifications to these dates may be made but never without at least one weeks’ notice. Due dates may be pushed back but will not be brought forward without in class discussion.

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 with other students, outside help or your instructor. 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 in class. The final exam will be in the classroom but is longer than a class period. The time and place will be announced in class and on Canvas as soon as possible. Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone. You are responsible for checking ahead of time that you come prepared for the exam with the right materials such as calculator, formula sheet etc. See announcements in Canvas for the materials permitted for each exam. For All the exams you are permitted to bring a 1-page formula sheet with equations only. No diagrams or words allowed. You must submit this sheet with your exam. 

CLASS DISCUSSION: The class will be interactive and you are expected to participate by answering and asking physics questions.  You may also post your observations or questions on the material or general course questions, or help answer your fellow classmates’ questions, using the Canvas discussion forum. You are expected to follow the netiquette policy in this syllabus.  Canvas discussion forum is optional and will not be graded.  Posts that are deemed inappropriate may be deleted without notice.

GROUP WORK: Groups will be assigned in class and you are expected to fully participate in group work in this course. This will take the form of working with your classmates during class to prepare for an exam by working through assigned problems together. Any group, and any group member may be called upon to share their work with the whole class. The purpose of this activity is to strengthen your problem-solving skills and your physics communication skills. Additionally you will learn to work in a team, which is the way most science is conducted these days.

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 (Links to an external site.). For a foreseeable absence, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as requiring an accommodation at least one week prior to the absence. Proof of all excusable absences must be submitted by email to the instructor.

PRIVACY POLICY: Links to privacy policy of  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.).

Accessibility Policy: Links to  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.) policies.

Academic Support for UFO

UF Grading Policy

Grade Calculation

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


Max Points

Exam 1 (Modules 1-3)


Exam 2 (Modules 4-7)


Exam 3 (Modules 8-12)


Exam 4 (Ch. 1-14; cumulative)


Group Work




Reading Quizzes


Mechanics Survey x 2


HITT Points


Total Course Points



 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, (Links to an external site.)) 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 POLICY:  All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions and chats:

COURSE EVALUATION: Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at (Links to an external site.)Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive fromGatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu underGatorEvals, or via  Summaries of course evaluation results 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.


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:, 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: 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies). (Links to an external site.)


E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to
Career Connections 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
Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing
Student Complaints On-Campus:

Course Schedule and Calendar: This schedule is a guide. It may be adjusted by the instructor as the course progresses through the semester.

Week Starting





Syllabus, introductions, Chapter 1

Reading: 1.1-1.8



Monday, Aug 26

Mechanics Survey I (no preparation required)

Motion in One Dimension
Reading: 2.1-2.8



Motion in Two Dimensions
Reading: 3.1 –3.7



Newton’s Laws of Motion

Fri: Group Session A for Exam 1 Prep



Monday, 9/16

Exam 1

(ch. 1-3)

Circular Motion and Gravity



Work and Energy
Reading: 6.1,6.3-6.10



Linear Momentum
Reading: 7.1-7.8



Linear Momentum cont.

Rotational Motion
Reading: 8.1-8.4



W: Mechanics Survey II

M: Equilibrium
Reading: 9.1-9.2, 9.4, 9.5 (only Hooke's Law)

W: Mechanics Survey II in Canvas

F: Group Session B for Exam 2 Prep



Monday, 10/21

Exam 2

(ch 4-7)

Oscillations and Waves
Reading: 11.1-11.9



Oscillations and Waves contd.




Reading: 12.1,12.2, 12.4,12.7,12.8



Friday, 15th

Exam 3

(Ch. 8-12)

Temperature and Kinetic Theory
Reading: 13.1-13.10




Kinetic Theory contd.


Reading 14.1-14.5



M: Heat contd.

W,F: no class

Happy Thanksgiving!



No new material. Review for Final Exam




5.30 – 7.30 pm

Final Exam

(Ch. 1-14; cumulative)

 In our regular classroom: NPB 1001


























































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.


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