Course Syllabus

PHY 2054 - Physics 2

Course Description and Details

PHY2054 - Physics 2. 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. 4 credits

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: PHY 2053 or the equivalent

Class Number: 23230

Instructor: Shawn Weatherford, Ph.D.

Office: NPB 2142

Phone: (352) 392-8747

Office Hours: MW, 2-3pm, Zoom Conferences

Contact: Please send email using Canvas. I will respond within 24 hours during weekdays, and 48 hours on weekends.

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, 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:

  • 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.
  • 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 12 hours per week on course preparation and practice.

Required Materials

The required text is College Physics, a strategic approach, by Knight, Jones and Field, 4thed, 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.

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, use of HonorLock (free) is required 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 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

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. 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. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Apple Safari will not work. 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 without any study or reference aids other than what is provided by the exam. Google Chrome is the recommended browser.

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. Waiting to post during the week prior to the exam will reflect poorly on your score for these assignments. The grade encourages consistent and habitual reflection of your understanding and posting your thoughts in a public forum. 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 prior to the absence.

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: Students will be asked to complete surveys at various points during the semester as part of their coursework. Students completing surveys may elect to receive extra credit by following instructions for submitting evidence of survey completion. In addition, students may provide/withhold consent for instructors use of the survey results in aggregate form for research purposes.

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 80.0%
A- < 80.0 % to 75.0%
B+ < 75.0 % to 70.0%
B < 70.0 % to 65.0%
B- < 65.0 % to 60.0%
C+ < 60.0 % to 55.0%
C < 55.0 % to 50.0%
C- < 50.0 % to 45.0%
D+ < 45.0 % to 40.0%
D < 40.0 % to 35.0%
D- < 35.0 % to 30.0%
F < 30.0 % to 0.0%                        

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 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, 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

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.

An exam window opens for 48 hours during an exam week beginning on the Tuesday of the exam week (at 12:00am EST) and closing on the next Wednesday (at 11:59pm EST). Exam 4 is offered on Sunday April 25th– Monday April 26th. Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time.



Week Starting





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




Electric Forces
Reading: 20.1-20.3



Electric Fields
Reading: 20.4 –20.7



Electric Potential
Reading: 21.1-21.5




Reading: 21.7-21.8



Exam 1

(Mod 1-4)

Current & Resistance
Reading: 22.1-22.6



Reading: 23.1-23.7



Magnetic Fields
Reading: 24.2-24.4




Magnetic Forces
Reading: 24.1, 24.5-8



Exam 2

(Mod 5-8)

Induction and Waves
Reading: 25.1-5, 25.7



AC Electricity
Reading: 26.1-26.6




Wave Optics
Reading: 17.1-17.6



Exam 3

(Mod 9-11)

Ray Optics
Reading 18.1-18.7



Optical Instruments

Reading: 19.1-19.7



Exam 4

(Mod 12-14; 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 or to react to weather related closures.  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

(Modules 1-4)


Exam 2

(Modules 5-8)


Exam 3

(Modules 9-11)


Exam 4

(Modules 12-14; cumulative)




Reading Quizzes**


Discussion Postings


Optional Assignments (Practice)


Total Course Points


** Canvas will drop the lowest score in these categories.

Course Summary:

Date Details Due