Course Syllabus

F20 PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1


Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.


2249 (all activity is via Zoom)


Office Hours

p6 & p7  (12.50 - 1:40 & 1:55 - 2.45 pm ) Fridays

p7 will be reserved for individual 1:1 meetings, so if you need that pls book one of the slots in Canvas Calendar.  Please also email me about a time slot you want. 

Class Time

MWF p8, 3 - 3.50 pm via Synchronous Zoom. Please use the link on the homepage during class times and login to with your Gatorlink. Use the meeting ID to join the class. You may need a passcode. It can be found on the homepage of the course at the top right section. Some classes may be asynchronous with specific assigned work. If so, an announcement to this effect will be made.




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.

Credits: 3, prerequisites: none.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have improved their foundation in the concepts, principles, terminology, and methodologies used to describe motion (translation, rotation 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.

Expectations of Students

To achieve the above learning outcomes, students are expected to:

  • To read the textbook section before coming to the class on that section. That 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 sessions 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 6 hours per week on course preparation and practice outside of class time.

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, here are Pearson instructions 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.

Course Policies

Mechanics Surveys:  There will be two mechanics surveys in this 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 completion of the tests, you will not receive a grade for these tests.


Excused absences and allowances for make-up work are consistent with university policies in the undergraduate catalog  ( and require appropriate documentation.

You are expected to attend the synchronous zoom lecture and attempt the online reading quizzes, homework, and exams by their assigned deadlines. You are also expected to interact with the instructor, learning assistants, and with your fellow students through discussions. You are expected to interaction with content material through activities and assignments in the course. 

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. 

EXAM POLICY:  Two mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be delivered. Midterms are during class time. The final exam will be longer than a class period, exact length to be announced closer to the exam date.  Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone.  Student honor code policies apply to honesty. 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 each of 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 via canvas upload. You must also submit all scratch work done during the exam. This serves as your proof of attempt and will only be looked at if your exam is flagged for any policy violations. Scratch work does not need to be neat.

CLASS DISCUSSION: The class will be interactive and you are expected to participate by answering and asking physics questions.  You should 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. eLearning Discussion Posts are worth 10% of the course. 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 in the group or 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. Cameras must be turned on during group work so long as it is not being recorded. If a recording is needed for certain purposes the University Audio/Visual recording policies applies. 

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.

NETIQUETTE POLICY:  All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions and chats:$CANVAS_COURSE_REFERENCE$$CANVAS_COURSE_REFERENCE$/files/folder/For%20Students?preview=44628551

AUDIOVISUAL RECORDING POLICY: 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 verbally 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.

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.


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



Exam 1 (Modules 1-5)


Exam 2 (Modules 6-9)


Final Exam (Ch. 1-14; cumulative)


Group Work x 4




Discussion Board student-student interaction


Reading Quizzes


Mechanics surveys 

Other Surveys



Total Course Points


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%  









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  .

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 .


U Matter, We Care: If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352392- 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.


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.

UF Student Success:  For improving study skills to connecting with a peer tutor, peer mentor, success coach, academic advisor, and wellness resources, go to

Knack Tutoring: Free tutoring may be requested at:

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.
Student Complaints On-Campus:

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

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thurs. Friday




Ch 1.1 - 1.3

Reading: 1.1-1.8

 1.4 - 1.8, Trig


 2.1 - 2.4

Reading: 2.1-2.8

2 9/7

Labor Day Holiday

2.5 - 2.8

Mechanics Survey 1



3.1 - 3.4

Reading: 3.1 –3.7


3.5 - 3.6


4.1 - 4.6





(on ch 1 & 2)


4.7 - 4.8


5.1 - 5.2


5 9/28

5.3 - 5.7



5.7 - 6.1


Catch-Up time



GW 2

(on ch 3 & 4)

6.2 - 6.7

Reading: 6.1,6.3-6.10


6.7 - 6.10


Exam 1

(on ch 1-5)


7.1 - 7.5

Reading: 7.1-7.8


7.6 - 7.10

8.1 8.3

Reading: 8.1-8.4

8.3 - 8.4


9.1 - 9.4

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




(on ch 6 & 7)


11.1 - 11.3

Reading: 11.1-11.9


11.4 - 11.9
10 11/2

11.9 - 11.12


12.1 - 12.3

Reading: 12.1,12.2, 12.4,12.7,12.8


12.4 - 12.5
11 11/9


(on ch 8 & 9)

Veteran's Day Holiday

No class


12.7 - 13.1

Exam 2

(on ch 6 - 9)


13.1 - 13.4

Reading: 13.1-13.10


13.5 - 13.9



14.1 - 14.4

Reading 14.1-14.5


No class


No class





GW5 (ch 11 & 12)


Exam 3 Review Part 1 Ch 1-7 (LA: Chadrick) 

15 12/7

Mechanics Survey II

Exam 3 Review Part 2 - Ch 8-14  (LA: Emma)



12.30 - 2.30 pm

Final Exam

(Ch. 1-14; 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.


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