Course Syllabus

UFO F19 PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1

Grade range
Instructor Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.
Office 2249
Office Hours M: 12 noon - 12.45 pm via Zoom

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

This is an introductory physics course with no prerequisites. Knowledge of high-school math is expected, including:  pythagorean theorem, basic trigonometry, logarithms and exponents.

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:

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

Course Activities

  • In lecture videos and in the textbook readings students will learn to analyze physical situations in terms of the fundamental principles - for example learning about Newton's Laws, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum etc.
  • Students then apply this knowledge and understanding to solve homework problems for practice. 
  • Throughout this course there will be numerical problem solving examples and activities. 
  • Students will practice scientific communication of ideas using the correct terminology in group work, on the discussion board and in examinations. 


    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 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:, which is also listed on the course Canvas website with further instructions. If you experience difficulty and are on campus you can approach the Pearson Bookstore Helpdesk.

    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, Honorlock is used 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 Honorlock, these technology resources must be available in a quiet room where you can take the exams in privacy.

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

    Course Policies

    Mechanics Surveys:  The  mecahnics surveys A abd B are a new addition to this introductory-level courses. For the Mecahnics Survey A no preparation is required. It is designed as a benchmark. 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 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 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 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 Honorlock during a time window announced in the course calendar. Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone. You are responsible for checking ahead of time that you have the right technology requirements for the exam. Use the Honorlock Practice Quiz for this purpose.

    GROUP WORK: Groups will be assigned in the course and you are expected to fully participate in group work in this course. This will take the form of working with your classmates during a certain time to prepare for an exam by working through assigned problems together. Additional details will be announced in the course announcements.  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.

    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. You are expected to follow the netiquette policy in this syllabus and discussion grading will take this into account.  Posts that are deemed inappropriate may be deleted without notice. 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 (Links to an external site.) and Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.).

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

    Academic Support for UFO (Links to an external site.)

    Student Support Services

    UF Grading Policy

    Grade Scheme

    The following grading standards will be used in this class:

    Grade Range Grade Range 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%
    E < 35.0 % to 0.0%                        

    Online Proctoring with Honorlock

    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 Honorlock. 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.

    Important: Prior to each exam, visit the Honorlock system check (Links to an external site.) 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.

    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, (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 (Links to an external site.).

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

    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 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  ( (Links to an external site.) ) 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).

    Academic Resources
    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:
    On-Line Students Complaints:



    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 at 11:59pm EST.

    An exam window opens for 48 hours. Go to  'Quizzes' to see the date and time of your exam availability in advance of the exam.  Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time.


    Week Starting





    Orientation, introductions, and math review, scientific notation, units

    Reading: 1.1-1.8



    Mechanics Survey I

    Fri - Sun


    (8 am-8 am)

    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



    Fri - Sun

    Sep 27 - 29

    8 am - 8 am

    Exam 1

    (Ch. 1-3)

    Circular Motion and Gravity
    Reading: 5.1--5.7



    Work and Energy
    Reading: 6.1,6.3-6.10



    Linear Momentum
    Reading: 7.1-7.8



    Mechanics Survey II

    Rotational Motion
    Reading: 8.1-8.4



    Fri - Sun

    Oct 25 - 27

    8 am - 8 am

    Exam 2

    (Ch. 4-7)

    Reading: 9.1-9.2, 9.4,

    9.5(only Hooke's Law)



    Oscillations and Waves
    Reading: 11.1-11.9




    Reading: 12.1,12.2, 12.4,12.7,12.8



    Temperature and Kinetic Theory
    Reading: 13.1-13.10



    Fri - Sun

    Nov 22 - 24

    8 am - 8 am

    Exam 3

    (Ch. 8-12)

    Reading 14.1-14.5



    No new material

    Happy Thanksgiving!



    No new material. Review for Final Exam, Exam 4


    12/07/19 – 12/09/19

    Sat 8 am - Mon 8 am

    Exam 4

    (Ch1-14; 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


    Exam 2


    Exam 3


    Exam 4

    (All, cumulative)


    Group Work




    Reading Quizzes


    Mechanics Surveys


    Discussion Postings


    Total Course Points



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