Course Syllabus

Fall 2020 Physics 2 PHPB -PHY2054 - Course Syllabus

Syllabus Highlights

Instructor contact

Sujata Krishna, Ph. D.
2249 New Physics Bldg.
Phone: 392-3898

Email Response Time

 Typically 48 hours on weekdays

Note about HW Help

Homework help is given during your recitation, via tips/hints on discussion board and during office hours.

Class Lecture

TWR Period 7 (1:55 - 2:45 pm)  Live class via zoom. Joining details are on the course homepage.


Recitation: M Period 7 is with a TA. The first recitation will be in week 3 i.e. Sep 14th. TA Contact details are on the homepage.

**Florida observes Daylight Savings Time, which ends on November 1st. All times on the syllabus and throughout this course are in EDT prior to November 1st and EST beginning on Nov 1st.

Required Textbook


  • College Physics: A strategic approach. (Knight, Jones and Field), 4th edition. Print ISBN-13:978-0-13-460903-4.
  • The course requires students to purchase access to the online homework system, Mastering Physics

Students are required to purchase access to Mastering Physics using the UF All Access  program. This is the only way to gain access to your homework assignments. Access to Mastering Physics INCLUDES access to the ebook. Here is the link to have these charges direct billed to your student account:

See this handout for instructions for obtaining course materials with UF All-Access

Access the ebook using the MyLab and Mastering link in the sidebar. The Mylab and Mastering tool is only utilized by students who elect to rent the ebook. All homework assignments are found in the Assignments link in the sidebar.

Technology Requirements

This course requires a stable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer at a minimum. Although, many of the resources are accessible using other mobile devices.

Students must also have Google Chrome and the Honorlock Chrome Extension enabled for taking proctored exams and quizzes. Your laptop/desktop computer must have a microphone and webcam for completing the proctored assessments.

Only handheld calculators are permitted for performing calculations during exams or quizzes. Graphing and scientific calculators are acceptable. Mobile devices with calculator software are not permissible for use during exams or quizzes.

About the Course

PHY2054 - Physics 2 is the second semester of Physics without calculus, covering electrostatics, electric current, electric circuits and their components, magnetism, induction, electromagnetic waves, optics, optical devices, interference and diffraction. It is typically, but not exclusively, taken by biological sciences majors and pre-professional students, i.e., those planning careers in health care, optometry, pharmacy, etc. It is not a suitable course for physics, chemistry or engineering majors, who are encouraged to take PHY2049 (Physics 2 with calculus) or PHY2061 (enriched Physics 2 with calculus), both of which offer similar material but with more mathematical emphasis.

Course Description

Credits: 4; Prereq: PHY 2053 or the equivalent. Post Bac students only.

Second semester of introductory physics de-emphasizing calculus. Electric charge, fields and circuits; electromagnetism, applied electricity; geometrical optics, wave optics, applied optics; electrons and photons; atoms and nuclei.(P)

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 interactions resulting from electric and magnetic fields, light, and the technologies which incorporate these phenomena in its design. 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:

  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled lectures via Zoom.
  • Work through the examples presented in the text 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 recitation section meetings for group problem solving and small group instruction moderated by recitation section TAs.
  • Complete weekly quizzes assessing your ability to solve a similar problem to those asked from homework assignments, evaluated by recitation section TAs.
  • 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. The additional practice is included as optional assignments in the course.
  • To seek help from university resources to support student success, which include use of peer tutoring (UF Teaching Center and Knack), peer mentoring, and wellness resources found at

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.


Expectations of the Instructor

Your instructors role is to develop a course where you can achieve these objectives through your participation and interaction. Further, we pledge to:

  • Be accessible via email and respond to communication sent to the contact addresses listed in the contact info table located on this page.
  • Design lectures and recitation section meetings which facilitate active learning through the use of examples and polling questions.
  • Design assessments which evaluate your progress towards achieving the outcomes of the course.
  • Provide weekly communication through announcements to frame the week's course activities.
  • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Recognize and celebrate everyone's unique identity and background and create an environment where everyone belongs!
  • Affirm your ability to succeed in this course and provide assistance for everyone to access resources which enable each student achieve success.
  • Adhere to course policies equitably and with fairness.


Lectures are held during Periods 7 TWR and broadcast through Zoom Conferences. These class meetings offer instruction on the conceptual and problem solving topics covered by each weekly reading in the assigned textbook. The lectures may also expand in depth and focus upon the reading to include topics that the textbook author may have omitted. The lectures are designed to augment, not replace, the reading assignment. 

Lectures are not recorded and are only available synchronously. Your attendance is expected. Please make arrangements accordingly.


Recitations are synchronous scheduled class meetings during p7 on Mondays where you will get instruction on how to answer physics problems, both numerical and conceptual.   A highly skilled 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.

Recitation section meetings are not recorded to encourage your participation. Students must have webcams turned on and a microphone accessible to communicate with other students and the instructor. Participation points will only be awarded if students participate. Participation is not awarded for logging onto the Zoom meeting, as we don't know if you are actually present and engaged. Therefore the minimum requirement to earn the participation points is to turn on a webcam or video, utilize a microphone, and offer substantive discussion towards the completion of the assigned tasks.

Practicing physics is the best way to learn it, and the apprenticeship model works quite well as you see how experts identify which physics principles are needed to obtain a correct solution.

Class Attendance and Missed Work

Attendance to lectures and recitation sections is required. If you are unable to attend a scheduled class meeting due to university approved and sponsored activities, documented illness under care of physician (see medical excuse policy here), or family emergency, please notify your instructor. Absences due to circumstances listed above during scheduled quizzes or exams will necessitate you to request a makeup quiz or makeup exam following the procedures below. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at this link.

Missed Quizzes: Students must request a makeup quiz from the instructor, and if approved, make arrangements with the recitation section TA. Students must submit a written makeup quiz request to their recitation instructor no later than one week following the missed quiz. Students have one week from the receipt of approval to complete the makeup at a time mutually agreeable with the student and TA. An approved makeup for the final quiz must be completed prior to the first reading day for the semester.

Missed Exams: Students missing an exam must notify the instructor BEFORE the beginning of the exam and provide documented evidence for a request for a makeup. Arrangements will be made to take a makeup exam as soon as possible. The makeup exam will follow the same guidance given for the regular exam.

Missed Homework: Students have ample opportunity to complete available homework assignments prior to the due date. There are no extensions or makeups for homework assignments. Solutions to homework sets are posted  immediately after the assignment is due to provide students feedback prior to the weekly quiz. Please plan your time accordingly.

Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at:

Office Hours

Links and times for joining the office hours are on the course homepage.

Contact Information for Instructional Team

Name Phone Email
Dr. Krishna 352.392.3898
Gustavo Perez-Sanchez (TA) 352.273.4691
Jeffrey Feldman (LA) Canvas Mail

Grades and Assessments

Grades are based on total points accumulated from exams, recitation section quizzes, homework and extra credit. The canvas grading tool will not accurately calculate your grade. 

Your final score is the sum of the following:

Assessment Max Points Calculation
Exam 1 25 25*(earned points/20)
Exam 2 25 25*(earned points/20)
Exam 3 (Final) 25 25*(earned points/20)
Quizzes 10 20*(your earned points/max quiz points).  Drop lowest quiz.
Discussion Board 10 10*(your total points/max points)
Homework 5 5*(your earned points/max hw points)
Total 100 Sum this column

Letter grades will be reported to the Registrar at the end of the term corresponding to the total score and the minimum values to an accuracy of 0.01, following this grading scheme:

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E
≥85.00 80.00 75.00 70.00 65.00 60.00 55.00 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00 <35.00


There are a total of two during-term exams, with the third exam at the end of semester serving as a cumulative final. The dates, times, chapter coverage and allowed materials are described on the exams page. Please place these exam dates and times in your calendar today.

You are required to have a webcam, stable internet connection, laptop or desktop computer (not tablet or smartphone), Google Chrome browser, and the Honorlock Chrome Extension enabled on your machine.

Exam questions will be taken from a number of sources, typically including (but not limited to!) the textbook, lectures, and homework problems. Exam format is multiple choice and completed online in Canvas with Honorlock proctoring. 

Unless superseded by a valid excuse a missed exam will result in a zero. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies. Acceptable excuses will require a coach's, doctor's or instructor sanctioned note with a verifiable contact phone number. The documentation must be provided to your instructor immediately. A valid excuse will allow you to take a make-up exam.

Students who need special accommodations due to a disability must carry out the DRC procedures described below.


Each quiz is typically based on the topic covered in the course upto the last homework turned in Monday 1pm that week. The particular problem difficulty will vary throughout the semester, but the grading will be more or less lenient accordingly. Quizzes are given only on Thursdays in class. The first and last Quiz serve as diagnostic tools to evaluate your overall conceptual knowledge on electricity and magnetism. Quizzes will not be assigned during exam weeks. 

Approved make-ups for missed quizzes will take place at the first opportunity determined by your TA according to the absence and makeup policy stated above. The documentation must be provided to your TA within 1 week of the missed quiz or a rational reason for the delay in providing documentation must be e-mailed along with the projected receipt date of the documentation to your TA within that period. All quizzes must be made up within two weeks, with the exception of the makeup of the final quiz, which must be completed before the first scheduled reading day.


Homework is based on the MasteringPhysics online homework system and assignments are due Mondays at 12 noon EDT. Each student gets a unique set of numbers for each problem. Because of the length of time each homework set is available, there are no extensions on the homework. You are strongly encouraged to start entering your answers well ahead of the deadline to avoid possible technical problems that might occur on the day the homework is due. If an unforeseen technical difficulty like a down internet connection or computer virus causes you to miss the deadline, you will not receive credit for the unfinished work.

Please note: Scores do not sync immediately with Canvas. Weekly homework scores are synced to Canvas a few days after the homework deadline has passed.

Homework and academic honesty: While we encourage students to discuss homework problems with one another. You may ask for tips and hints on the discussion board and offer the same to other students. Offering help to other students will count as significant postings on the discussion board, and is encouraged. We regard it as a breach of academic honesty to get homework solutions or algorithms external sources, including websites or companies that give away or sell such solutions or algorithms (this is stated explicitly in our course Academic Honesty policy found below).


Recitations are designed to promote collaborative problem solving while practicing the skills necessary to become successful in solving physics problems on your own. To reward your efforts, your recitation section TA will award weekly attendance points for your collaborative work in solving problems. These problems require productive and focused application of what you have learned from reading the textbook and reviewing the lectures. TA may create small groups, with each group receiving a problem to solve together using Zoom. TAs will monitor rooms and answer questions, as well as ask specific students in the group to explain or justify decisions made by the group in arriving at a solution. 

Participants must enable their camera and microphone to facilitate thoughtful discussion and engagement to be eligible for the participation bonus. Within Zoom Rooms, students will be able to share their screens, tablets, cameras, or use collaborative tools such as Google Jamboard or Microsoft OneNote to facilitate the discussion.

Each week, you may earn points based on your participation. There are no points for simply logging in and not actively participating. These points will sum over the course of the semester and will determine your individual attendance points.

You can't makeup missed participation with a group, nor complete alternate assignments to replace missed points. You must be able to join the Zoom session at the meeting time arranged. Remember, you are strongly encouraged to participate in these meaningful exercises to gain both feedback and confidence in your problem solving ability.

Dropped Assignments

Dropped Assignments: A combination of planned and unforeseen factors may cause you to miss some classes or recitations.  To accommodate this reality, we allow you to miss one recitation by dropping your lowest attendance score. Similarly, your lowest quiz is one dropped assignment. 


The lectures notes and this semester's exam solutions will be posted in the Files section. Scores on homework, exams, and quizzes will be posted in the Grades section.

Online Proctoring for Exams and Quizzes

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 and weekly quizzes 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 quiz electronically using the course website and these assessments will be proctored with Honorlock.  Please make sure you complete and submit the exam/quiz 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. 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.

Mastering Physics

Homework is delivered and scored using MasteringPhysics. You gain access to the system with the purchase of your ebook access when using the UF All Access program, as documented here. You MUST participate in the UF All Access program. There is no other way to gain access to the homework system.

You can access your homework assignment by clicking on a homework assignment listed on the Assignments page, from the ToDo list, or from MyLab and Mastering in the sidebar.

Details about Homework Assignments, Grading, and Late Policy

  • You have five attempts to get the correct answer. To get credit your answer must be correct within 2% and you must enter at least three significant digits.
  • Multiple choice and True/False question types. The points you can earn for correct submissions decreases by a constant amount for each attempt. The decrease per step is 100% / (Noptions-1). Thus for a 5 part multiple choice question, the decrease in value is 25% per attempt.
  • There are no extensions on homework assignments.
  • Additional Ungraded Practice Assignments are available within MasteringPhysics. These are found in the Assignments section, but note they do not appear in your To-Do list since that is driven by deadlines. These additional practice assignments are not required. However it is wise to use these extra problems as an evaluation tool of your problem solving skill, as students report every semester that solving problems in addition to the assigned homework is the most beneficial way to improve exam performance.


Information about the exams (chapters covered, times, allowed materials, etc.) can be found on the Exams page.

Tentative Schedule: Changes may be made as necessary
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1 8/31

Introduction, syllabus
Observations from Static Electricity
Ch 20:1-3
Electric Forces
No Quiz this week.
2 9/7
Labor Day Holiday
HW 1(noon)
Ch 20 4-5
Electric Fields

Ch 20 6-7
Conductors and Insulators in Fields
Quiz 1



HW 2


Ch 21 1-2
Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy

Ch 21 3-4
Calculating Electric Potential, Energy Conservation
Quiz 2



HW 3


Ch 21 5
Electric Potential, Equipotential surfaces, Capacitance

Capacitors, Dielectrics, Energy in Capacitors
Quiz 3
5 9/28

HW 4


Currents and EMF
Ohm's Law, Resistance, Power and Energy


Quiz 4



HW 5


Circuits, Kirchhoff's Laws, Resistors in Series and Parallel
Multiloop; Capacitor Arrangements



Quiz 5

7 10/12

Exam 1 ( 11:45 - 2:45 pm)

HW 6 (shifted due to Exam 1)


RC Circuits

No Quiz

Magnetic Fields



HW 7


Magnetic Force
Torques from Magnetic Fields

Quiz 7




HW 8


Motional emf
Faraday's and Lenz's Laws


Quiz 8




HW 9


EM Waves; EM Spectrum
Superposition, Double Slit Interference


Quiz 9




HW 10


Diffraction Gratings, Thin Films
Veteran's Day Holiday

11/12 No Quiz
Single-Slit and Circular Aperture Diffraction



HW 11


Exam 2 ( 11:45 - 2:45 pm)

Reflection & Refraction

11/19 No Quiz
Apparent depth; images from plane & spherical mirrors; principal rays


HW 12


18.4-5, 18.7
Images from thin lens; principal rays




HW 13


Optical Instruments: Camera, Magnifier, Eye, Dispersion, Rainbow, Telescope, Microscope
Optical Instruments (cont)

Quiz 13 (last quiz, 35 min graded survey)

HW 14


Optical Instruments: Resolution

Exam Review Part I by Gustavo


Reading Days




Final Exam




Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code


We go to great lengths to ensure that our Physics course is administered fairly, by setting clear goals (what is needed to attain each grade) at the outset, by providing materials (lectures, applets, homework, office hours, reviews) to help you reach those goals, and by assessing progress towards those goals using easily understood procedures (exams, quizzes, online homework). We pledge to do the best job we can to make the material understandable and to bring out the best in every student.

Course Policy

Maintaining the integrity of the grading process demands fairness and compassion on our part and honor on your part. Accordingly, we take a very hard line on cheating in any form, including

  1. Providing or copying answers on exams or quizzes
  2. Taking an exam or quiz for another student
  3. Entering online homework answers for another student
  4. Distributing or copying exam or quiz questions
  5. Obtaining course homework solutions or software algorithms from external sources, including websites or companies that give away or sell such solutions or algorithms.

Any person caught cheating in any form will fail the entire course automatically and will be subject to Honor Court penalties. Furthermore, we expect students to not tolerate cheating of any kind and to report incidents to your instructors.

Honor Code

The Dean of Students Office website has a detailed discussion about academic honesty and the University of Florida Honor Code, which was adopted by the Student Council. The Honor Code says

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. 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."

Disability Services

Students requesting classroom accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate documentation.

Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the DRC office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations.

Failure to submit your responses to the DRC Student Accommodation Request survey before the three day deadline is not a permitted excuse for taking a makeup exam.

Online 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

Campus Resources and Student Success

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:, 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).

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

Academic Resources

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

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.

Free Tutoring via Knack:

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

Student Complaints:

Required work

  • This web site serves as the syllabus for the course. Each page on the web site has a link on the menu at left. You are required to read each of these pages. The web site is detailed and chances are any policy questions you may have are answered here.
  • You are responsible for ongoing course work, which is described on the web site: reading the text for the assigned material, attending lecture, doing the weekly homework, attending recitation section and taking the quizzes, and taking the exams.

Course Summary:

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