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. Selman Hershfield and Prof. John Yelton

Office Hours: 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 and logistics questions (other than specific homework questions) can be put on "Discussions" (links to the left). There is discussion board for each week's work.  Please use class and office hours to seek help on specific homework problems.

Course Overview

There are around 800 students in this course, but they are divided into many sections (i.e. class numbers). Some sections are 100% online. Some sections are scheduled to have the lectures in the lecture room (NPB 1001). In addition to the lectures, once a week there are discussion sessions at a time/day according to your class number, and these are 100% online for all students.

Here are the various aspects course.

1. Synchronous lectures. These are M/W/F at 8.30 or 9.35 according to which section you are in. In-class students can come to NPB 1001 ("the large auditorium"). Online students must connect using Zoom. The lectures will be given in blocks of 1-3 weeks by Professors Hershfield and Yelton. The PowerPoint slides and Zoom recordings of the lectures will be posted online. However, those not connected will miss the opportunity for extra credit using iClickers, and miss the possibility of real-time interaction with the professors and other students.

For students attending class in NPB 1001 because you are in one of the face-to-face sections there are a few simple rules. 

  • Enter NPB 1001 through the lobby of the Physics building and exit using the door that goes directly outside.   This reduces crowding during class changes.
  • Sit in one of the specially marked seats during class so as to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Wear a face mask (properly) during class at all times.
  • The classroom has supplies that you can use to sanitize your desk and surrounding area.
  • Students registered for the face-to-face class may attend lecture via Zoom if they think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or for any other university sanctioned reason.  The same iClicker points are awarded in both the online and face-to-face sections.
  • You must have a cleared for campus status on One.UF before you can attend in person classes.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (Click here for guidance from the CDC on symptoms of coronavirus), please use the UF Health screening system and follow the instructions on whether you are able to attend class. Click here for UF Health guidance on what to do if you have been exposed to or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

2. Synchronous discussion sections, all through zoom regardless of class number. These will be with one of the team of discussion section leaders (Teaching Assistants) assigned according to your class number.

3. The discussion sections will include quizzes to be taken remotely, in real time, using the HonorLock online proctoring system. The TA's will upload the grades to the gradebook within a week of the quiz and students will be able to see how they did.These are referred to as "Discussion Quizzes". The subjects in the quiz are those in the homework completed the end of the previous week.  Your two lowest scoring quizzes will be dropped from your final grade.

4. Short quizzes, performed using the iClicker system, in real time during the synchronous lectures. These count as extra credit.

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.  Your two lowest homework scores will be dropped from your final grade.

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 available 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 discussion leaders for this semester are:

Name E-mail
Adam Bruce
Daniel DeYoung
Atul Divakarla
Guanzhi Li
Yefan Tao
Sunil Thapa
Bin Xu

The specific sections that each instructor is responsible for is listed below.

Online Section Online Class # F2F Section F2F Class # Day Time Instructor
9002 30010 1219 24282 M 09:35-10:25 AM Daniel DeYoung
9021 30029 3946 17684 M 09:35-10:25 AM Bin Xu
9004 30012 1402 17618 M 10:40-11:30 AM Daniel DeYoung
9026 30034 7128 29637 M 10:40-11:30 AM Bin Xu
9022 30030 5092 29636 M 11:45-12:35 PM Bin Xu
9027 30035 7728 17714 M 11:45-12:35 PM Adam Bruce
9003 30011 1223 24281 M 12:50-01:40 PM Daniel DeYoung
9014 30022 3698 17652 M 12:50-01:40 PM Bin Xu
9019 30027 3704 17682 M 01:55-02:45 PM Adam Bruce
9024 30032 6839 17687 M 01:55-02:45 PM Yefan Tao
9007 30015 2G32 17621 M 03:00-03:50 PM Yefan Tao
9012 30020 3696 17650 M 03:00-03:50 PM Adam Bruce
9013 30021 3697 17651 M 04:05-04:55 PM Adam Bruce
9023 30031 6542 17686 M 04:05-04:55 PM Atul Divakaria
9010 30018 3694 17648 T 09:35-10:25 AM Sunil Thapa
9006 30014 2852 17620 T 10:40-11:30 AM Daniel DeYoung
9011 30019 3695 17649 T 10:40-11:30 AM Guanzhi Li
9016 30024 3701 17654 T 11:45-12:35 PM Sunil Thapa
9017 30025 3702 17655 T 11:45-12:35 PM Guanzhi Li
9001 30009 028E 17617 T 12:50-01:40 PM Sunil Thapa
9005 30013 14H6 17619 T 12:50-01:40 PM Atul Divakaria
9009 30017 2G34 17623 T 01:55-02:45 PM Atul Divakaria
9015 30023 3699 17653 T 01:55-02:45 PM Yefan Tao
9008 30016 2G33 17622 T 03:00-03:50 PM Sunil Thapa
9018 30026 3703 17681 T 03:00-03:50 PM Yefan Tao
9025 30033 6942 17688 T 04:05-04:55 PM Atul Divakaria


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

Some students may find the services of the University Teaching Center helpful. The UF Teaching Center organizes 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 plan for the days ahead.
  • Read the assigned chapters and sections in the textbook.
  • Attend the synchronous lecture (MWF at 8.30 and 9.35 according to your section).
  • 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.
  • 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: 

In the Week 1 module there is a Textbook page, which has detailed information on how to do this.

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 links provided in the course Canvas website.

In addition, use of HonorLock is required for quizzes and exams. 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 material  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.

Course Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to attend the lectures either online or in the auditorium for those who are in an in-class section.  iClicker points based on questions during class will count as bonus points for the course.

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, quizzes, and exams are listed in the course calendar with more details provided in the weely Canvas module pages.

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: Two mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be taken online, each under the supervision of HonorLock. The mid-term 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.  There are 13 homework assignments, and the two lowest assignment scores will be dropped, bringing the total number of assignments that count toward your final grade to 11.

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 material covered in the most recent homework assignment.  There are 13 quizzes, and the two lowest quiz scores will be dropped, bringing the total number of quizzes that count toward your final grade to 11.

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)



Two homeworks are dropped, leaving 11 to count


Discussion Section Quizzes

Two quizzes are dropped, leaving 11 to count




iClicker questions (considered extra credit)


Syllabus quiz (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.  For information on how UF assigns grade points, visit:

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:


Note, the HonorLock settings for quizzes and exams is different. For quizzes you can take the exam in a room with someone else present (though of course, no talking is allowed). For exams having another person in the room will be flagged as a potential honor code violation.

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 Start Day Topic Homework Quiz
1 1/11/2021 Course Introduction, Units 0  
2 1/18/2021 Motion in 1 Dimension, Vectors 1 0
3 1/25/2021 Motion in 2 and 3 Dimensions 2 1
4 2/1/2021 Newton's Laws 3 2
5 2/8/2021 Circular Motion, Kinetic Energy, Work 4 3
6 2/15/2021 Conservative Force, Power, Review 5 4
7 2/22/2021 Potential Energy, Conservation of Energy 6 5
  2/23/2021 Exam 1 (periods E2-E3)    
8 3/1/2021 Center of Mass, Momentum 7 6
9 3/8/2021 Rotational Motion 8 7
10 3/15/2021 Angular Momentum 9 8
11 3/22/2021 Statics, Gravitational Force 10 9
12 3/29/2021 Planetary Motion, Review 11 10
13 4/5/2021 Fluids, Harmonic Oscillator 12 11
  4/6/2021 Exam 2 (periods E2-E3)    
14 4/12/2021 Waves, Interference 13 12
15 4/19/2021 Sound, Review   13
  4/27/2021 Final Exam (10am-12pm)

Homework 0 and Quiz 0 are for practice.  They do not count towards your final grade.  Homework assignments are due on Saturdays at 10pm, and quizzes are in discussion sections.  All discussion sections for this course are on either Monday or Tuesday.  Quiz 1 is on the material covered in homework 1, quiz 2 is on the material covered in homework 2, etc.  Exam 2 will be on material covered since the last exam, and there will be a review in class on the Friday before Exams 1 and 2 to further clarify the content of the exam.  The final exam contains material from throughout the course but with an accent on the material presented after Exam 2.

Disclaimer:This syllabus represents 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 will be communicated clearly to the class.

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.


Health and Wellness

U Matter, We Care: If you or someone you know is in distress, please contact, 352-392-1575, or visit U Matter, We Care website to refer or report a concern and a team member will reach out to the student in distress.

Counseling and Wellness Center: Visit the Counseling and Wellness Center website or call 352-392-1575 for information on crisis services as well as non-crisis services.

Student Health Care Center: Call 352-392-1161 for 24/7 information to help you find the care you need, or visit the Student Health Care Center website.

University Police Department: Visit UF Police Department website or call 352-392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies).

UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center: For immediate medical care call 352-733-0111 or go to the emergency room at 1515 SW Archer Road,

Gainesville, FL 32608; Visit the UF Health Emergency Room and Trauma Center website.