Course Syllabus

PHY 2048 - Physics 1 with Calc.

Course Description and Details

PHY2048 - Physics 1 with Calc. First semester of introductory Physics with Calculus.  3 credits

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: MAC 2311; High School Physics, PHY 2020 or the equivalent

Instructors: Prof. Richard Woodard and Prof. John Yelton

Office Hours (Zoom Conference).

RW: Monday 4th period, Saturday 6th period

JY: Thursday 6th period, Friday 7th period

 Zoom links available within canvas here

Contact: Please send email only using One of us will respond as soon as possible. However, email is not the way to get answers to physics questions. Physics question can be put on "Discussions" (links to the left). There is discussion board for each week's work.

Course Overview

In these unusual times of COVID19, we have put together for you a course which does not require any presence in the Physics Building as there are no face-to-face interactions. It incorporates both synchronous (i.e. real time) and asynchronous features. These include:

1. Asynchronous lectures - you can see them any time, any place, any number of times. Many of these were recorded by our colleague Prof. Darin Acosta, but please do not  trouble him with questions, Profs. Woodard and Yelton are running the course this semester.

2. Synchronous problem solving and reviews - these are by one of the lecturers and performed through zoom. These are during the assigned "lecture" periods, but not every slot. Typically they will be on Fridays and will serve as a review of the week's work together with some examples. No attendance is taken.

3. Synchronous discussion sections. These will be with one of the team of Teaching Assistants, assigned according to your class number. These will include quizzes to be taken in real time. The TA's will upload the grades to the gradebook within a week of the quiz and will return the completed quizzes.These are referred to as "Discussion Quizzes".

4. Short quizzes, performed through canvas. These take the place of the H-iTT clicker questions that are often held in lectures, and can be answered any time before their deadlines which are on Friday evening. They count as extra credit. Within 24 hours of the due date, solutions will appear and the grade will be in the gradebook. These are referred to as "Online Quizzes".

5. Homework, due weekly, using the Wiley Plus system that is packaged with the textbook. Each homework is scheduled and has a due date. These grades automatically get uploaded to the gradebook by WileyPlus when the homework is submitted.

6. Exams which are taken remotely, through canvas and the HonorLock system. They are synchronous (i.e. all students take the exams at the same time). Grades will appear in the gradebook and solutions will be posted in a maximum of 72 hours after the exam.

Each of these are described in more detail below.

Despite the limitations placed upon us, we are determined that all students should be able to get help in understanding the material at any time. We have multiple office hours (through zoom), discussion boards (online), and weekly discussion periods with Teaching Assistants via zoom.

The following is the list of Teaching Assistants for the semester.

The zoom information for discussion and office hours is found here.


Name Discussion Section Office hours Email
Daniel DeYoung

18630 T 3rd

18663 T 2nd

18696 T 3rd

18698 T 4th

 M 8th

 F 8th
Daniel George

18666 M 4th

18697 M 6th

18670 T 2nd

18699 T 4th

W 9th

F 4th
Sunil Thapa

18636 M 7th

18665 M 8th

18632 T 7th

18667 T 8th

F 8th

F 9th
Bin Xu

18631 T 2nd

18669 T 3rd

18635 T 4th

18700 T 5th

F 4th

F 5th
Atul Divakarla

18664 M 5th

18633 M 6th

18701 M 8th

18634 T 7th

Th 8th

Th 9th
Prachi Sharma

18668 M 9th

M 9th
Some students may find the services of the University Teaching Center helpful. The UF Teaching Center organize individual and group tutoring and reviews. More details can be found here:
In addition, there is a new UF-approved tutoring service called Knack Tutoring. Here is the website:

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.
  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 each week's page to understand the module learning objectives and to plan your engagement with course content for the days 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 homework assignments to self–assess your understanding of the module’s concepts and problem solving strategies on a weekly basis.
  • Attend synchronous discussion section meetings for small group instruction.
  • Complete the quizzes, which are extra credit but help keep everyone on track towards the goals of the course.
  • 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 Fundamentals of Physics, 11th edition, by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker published by Wiley. 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 WileyPLUS, access to which is included in the purchase of the online textbook described above. Access WileyPlus using the link provided in the course Canvas website.

In addition, use of HonorLock is required for examinations. You need access to a computer with a video camera, a microphone, google chrome browser, 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.

You are expected to maintain your computer and access to internet throughout this course. Please ensure you have backup plans and access to loaner equipment on short notice in case the equipment you depend upon becomes unreliable. Please revisit your college's policy on required technology tools and access. 

You should have access to a location where you can complete discussion section quizzes during your scheduled discussion section meetings, and exams as scheduled on the syllabus. This location should be free of distraction or interruption. Please notify those living with you of your unavailability during this time and ask others to provide a quiet and respectful environment. 

Synchronous Discussion Section Meetings

Discussion sections are scheduled Zoom meetings where you will get small group instruction on how to answer physics problems, both numerical and conceptual. All students are assigned to attend one discussion section Zoom meeting each week.  The TA will guide you through the problem solving process that will be helpful for you as you practice the homework problems on your own outside of class. You will also receive formative assessment feedback on your learning through weekly quizzes. The content of these quizzes are based on the problems assigned in homework and serve to assess not only the correct answer to quantitative problems, but also critique and provide feedback on how you justify your answer with an in-depth solution.

The zoom information for discussions and office hours is found here.

Synchronous Reviews and Problem Solving

The course material is well covered by the asynchronous lectures. These may be viewed many times (and sped up as you wish!) and at any time of day or night. Students are expected to listen to and understand these lectures. In addition, to supplement these lectures, your instructors (Profs Woodard and Yelton) will have synchronous zoom sessions during you assigned class periods (MWF). These are not obligatory. They are designed to review the week's work, and show more problems using the lessons learned in the asynchronous lectures. The plan is to have these every Friday, for each of the assigned class times, but other sessions may be held on other days. Under each week's plan, there will be an announcement of the schedule for that week. The "chat" feature on zoom will be open for interactive comments and questions.

 Note that if you do not listen to the asynchronous lecture beforehand, you may well not understand the material being discussed. The first week on Monday there is an introduction to the course which can be viewed in this zoom room, which will also work for all Review and Problem Solving sessions on days that they exist. To find the links look in Zoom Room page Zoom Class Links

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.Attendance to the lecturer's problem solving sessions and the office hours for with TAs and lecturers is not necessary, but is advised.

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, quizzes, and exam times are announced in the course calendar.

HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework sets are completed in Canvas using WileyPlus at any time between the opening of the assignment and the deadline announced in the course calendar. You will access these assignments through links posted in Canvas and on the Module pages. These assignments are not timed or proctored, but they are subject to the UF Policy on Academic Misconduct (see below).

You can discuss with instructors or others how to approach homework problems, but the numerical values are individually set by the system and of course should be individually obtained. It is very important to master the techniques in the homework, as similar problems will appear in discussion quizzes and of course may appear in exams.

EXAM POLICY: Three mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be taken online, each under the supervision of HonorLock. These exams are scheduled for evenings (8.20 p.m.). Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone without any study or reference aids other than what is provided by the exam. You must have Google Chrome installed and the Honorlock Chrome extension enabled.

MAKE-UP POLICY: Requirements for zoom  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 prior to the absence. Contact your discussion section TA to request a makeup quiz. A makeup quiz must be requested within one week of its scheduled administration, and if approved, completed within two weeks of its scheduled administration.

Contact your course instructor to request a makeup exam before the scheduled administration of the exam.

Assessment and Grade Calculation

This course provides the following grading vehicles for formative and cumulative assessments:

Homework. Much of learning physics involves doing physics. This means practice applying physics principles through qualitative reasoning and quantitative problem solving and gaining experience when these approaches are correct and feedback when they fall short. Therefore you will complete weekly homework assignments. You should view this practice as the minimum necessary to prepare for higher stakes assessment. Weekly homework sets are due on Saturday at 10:00 PM EDT.  Your homework score is calculated utilizing a forgiveness factor of 0.9, so that the maximum number of accumulated points is multiplied by 0.9 to account for any issues you experience which may prevent you from turning in an assignment on time. However, the final score is cut off at 100%

Quizzes. Discussion section quizzes provide feedback on your problem solving approach and are graded based on the reasoning supporting the answer you submit. The questions are based on the most recent homework assignment. Quizzes will not be assigned during exam weeks. Your quiz score is calculated utilizing a forgiveness factor of 0.9, so that the maximum number of accumulated points is multiplied by 0.9 to account for any issues you experience which may prevent you from doing the best on a quiz.  However, the final score will not go above the maximum for quizzes that your grade is based on.

Exams. There are 3 exams (2 mid-terms and one final).  The mid-terms cover specific modules that will be announced beforehand. The final is cumulative, but with a stress on those modules not covered in exams 1 and 2.

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


Max Points

Exam 1


Exam 2


Exam 3 (Final)




5*(earned points/(max points*0.9))


Discussion Section Quizzes

20*(earned points/(max points*0.9))




Online Quizzes (considered extra credit)


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%

< 35.0 % to 0.0%

Updated grades will be available in the gradebook at any time as well as grade projections available after every test.

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 are not permitted to utilize any resources in addition to what is provided during the exam.
  • You are not permitted to discuss the contents of the exam following its administration.
  • You are not permitted to receive any information prior to taking the exam about the exam contents.

Violation of any of these conditions is academic misconduct and will be dealt with according to the protocols for reporting Honor Code violations. This is your only warning and if you have questions about whether an action constitutes a violation, you should consult your instructor prior to following the course of action in question. 


You will take your exam and weekly discussion quiz electronically using the course website and these assessments will be proctored with Honorlock.  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.  You may also need a mirror or other reflective surface if your webcam is attached to a bulky object. Google Chrome is the only supported browser for taking exams and quizzes 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 handout for an overview of test taking tips and requirements:



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.

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.
    • 123 123-1234
    • 877 878-8325

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:  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 from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, 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 ( require appropriate documentation.

Course Schedule and Calendar




Week Starting

Online Quizzes


Discussion Quizzes










Syllabus Quiz

Online Quiz 1

Both due 9/4

Homework 0 (does not count as a grade)

Due 9/5

 Discussions are held but there is no graded quiz

Orientation, Math Refresher, Units and Dimensions, Displacement and Velocity




Online Quiz 2

Homework 1

Discussion Quiz 0(Does not count)

No discussion on Mondays because of holiday, but take Quiz 0 anyway

Motion in 1 Dimension/Vectors



Online Quiz 3

Homework 2

Discussion Quiz 1

Motion in a plane



Online Quiz 4

Homework 3

Discussion Quiz 2

Forces and Newton's Laws



Exam 1

Modules (Weeks) 1-4

8.20 p.m. Thursday 10/1/20


No homework

due this week

Discussion Quiz 3

Work and Energy




Online Quiz 5

Homework 4

No discussion quiz this week

Potential Energy and Energy Conservation



Online Quiz  6

Homework 5

Discussion Quiz 4

Momentum and Center of Mass



Online Quiz 7

Homework 6

Discussion Quiz 5

Rotational Motion



Online Quiz 8

Homework 7

Discussion Quiz 6

Rotational Dynamics



Online Quiz 9

Homework 8

Discussion Quiz 7

Equilibrium and Elasticity



Exam 2

Modules (weeks) 5-10

Tuesday 11/10, 8.20 p.m.

(Veterans Day Wednesday)

Online Quiz 10

Homework 9

Discussion Quiz 8





Online Quiz 11

Homework 10

Discussion Quiz 9





Thanksgiving Break

No Homework No Discussion Quiz

Oscillations and Waves



Online Quiz 12

Homework 11

Discussion Quiz 10

Oscillations and Waves Continued



No Online Quiz

Homework 12

Discussion Quiz 11




Final Exam, Tuesday 12/15

10 a.m.





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 or to react to weather related closures.  Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.

Note that each discussion quiz is based on the previous week's homework assignment. Exact scope of Exam 2 and cumulative Final Exam will be announced before the exams.


Required Technology, Privacy and Accessibility Policies


For information about the privacy policies of the tools used in this course, see the links below:

Privacy Related Issues

Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded.  If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded.  If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. The chat will not be recorded or shared. As in all courses, unauthorized recording and unauthorized sharing of recorded materials is prohibited.


Counseling and Wellness Center

Contact information for the Counseling and Wellness Center:, 352 392 1575, and the University Police Department: 352-392-1111 (or 911 for emergencies)