Course Syllabus

PHY 2005 - Applied Physics II (Remote Synchronous)

Instructor Contact


Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.


NPB 2249


Office Hours

Fridays  period 6 and period 7, zoom link on Course Homepage


Remote Synchronous mode

MWF, p5, 11.45am - 12.35pm

Attendance is expected via Zoom link on Course Homepage. 


Course Description

In this course you will learn about electricity and magnetism; geometrical, wave and applied optics; and brief introductions to modern and nuclear physics.

Course Prerequisites: PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1

Credits: 3

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 electric and magnetic fields, predict how charges and matter interact with these fields, with a thorough study of physics applied to circuits, circuit elements, and optical instruments. 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:

  • Check eLearning for announcements regularly.
  • to plan your engagement with course content for the week ahead.
  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook
  • Work through the examples presented in the text and do the homework problems 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 9 hours per week of study for this course.

Required Materials

The required text is Physics: Principles with Applications by Douglas Giancoli, 7th ed, 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:

The required online homework system is MasteringPhysics, access to which is included in the purchase of the online textbook described above. Access MasteringPhysics using the link provided in the Canvas course homepage - "MyLab and Mastering". If you are asked for a course Id you are not proceeding correctly. 

Note: While a loose-leaf edition of the book is available in the bookstore, it does not include the MasteringPhysics subscription, which you will need in order to complete the homework for this course.

Class Participation:  You are strongly encouraged to attend the live class lectures. It enables you to ask questions and to clarify your understanding of concepts. 

eLearning will house the course grades, announcements, links to homework and any files for this course. MasteringPhysics is integrated into Canvas and is the source of your homework problems.

For Canvas, passwords, or any other computer-related technical support contact the

UF Help Desk: o phone: (352) 392-HELP (4357) o website:  


Course Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY: You are expected to attend lecture MWF as scheduled. You are also encouraged to attend office hours to clarify any doubts arising from the teaching. If you want one-on-one time for a discussion please book ahead by messaging the instructor for a slot of 15 minutes during the office hours window.

I will be posting my lecture slides in eLearning-Files after class; however, I will not answer requests to explain any notation, etc. If you are attending class, they should largely make sense.

HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework sets are completed online through MasteringPhysics 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 your classmates. 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:  Two mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be administered during the course. All midterms will be administered in class, and tentative dates for all the exams are listed below. Exams are not collaborative and will be completed alone.

You may use any scientific or graphing calculator on the exams, as long as it does not have the ability to communicate with other devices electronically. Mobile devices and laptops are not permitted. Using a phone is not permitted, not even as a calculator. Use of them constitutes academic fraud.

You may use scratch paper for your exam. You may make a hand-written formula sheet for each exam on an 11 x 8.5-in standard size letter paper. The sheet can have formulae only – no diagrams, and no problems/solutions.

GROUP WORK POLICY: Physics is learned by doing. Hence you will have required in-class problem solving sessions with harder problems than one is expected to solve individually on exams. There will be Learning Assistants on hand to help with this. Learning Assistants are students who have completed physics 2.  There will be at least 4, at most 6, group work sessions in class. Your group will be assigned after the add/drop deadline, and will be visible in eLearning - People - Groups. All members of your group will be asked to present the group's solution to a problem. You will know in advance which date your group will be called to present. The idea is for all the students in the group to fully understand the work of the group.  The group work submission will be graded as your group work.  Unexcused absence will be graded as a zero.  In class more details about group work grading will be provided before the first group work. 

ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: Excused absences and allowances for make-up work are consistent with university policies in the undergraduate catalog  ( ) and require appropriate documentation. For a foreseeable absence, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as requiring an accommodation at least one week prior to the absence. The best way to do this is to email the instructor with your absence date and attach the relevant documentation for the excuse. 

Grade Distribution

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


Percentage of Course Grade

Midterm Exam (2) 

30 %  (15 x 2)

Final Exam


Graded Group Work


Reading Quizzes




Discussion Board






Grade Scheme

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E
85+ 80 <85 75 <80 70 <75 65 <70 60 <65 55 <60 50 <55 45 <50 40 <45 40 <35 0 <35

Institutional Policies and Procedures

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the UF Disability Resource Center (352.392.8565 . by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodations. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester. 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. Guidelines for posts are listed in the discussion board and apply to all postings.

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 from GatorEvals, 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 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). (Links to an external site.)


E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to
Career Connections 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
Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing
Student Complaints On-Campus:

University Honesty Policy

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. 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.” The Honor Code ( specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.

Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use.  Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator.  Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.  We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Student Privacy

The class meetings will be video recorded. If you do not wish to be on film you may keep your video and mic off and participate only via chat. 

Group Work sessions will not be recorded as a default. If LA observations require it, you will be asked by the La for your permission to record the GW session. 

There are federal laws protecting your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments.  For more information, please see:

Links to privacy policy of  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.).

Accessibility Policy: Links to  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.) policies.

Academic Support for UFO

UF Grading Policy

Tentative Schedule: This schedule may change slightly during the semester as we go along. 

M date





 Intro + Syllabus + Ch16

 ch 16

ch 16


MLK Holiday

ch 16

 Ch 17,  EM Survey 1

(no prep required)


ch 17

ch 17 

Ch 18


ch 18

Ch 19

 ch 19


GW 1 (ch 16 + 17)

ch 19/Ch 20

 ch 20


ch 20

ch 20

ch 20


GW 2 (ch 17 + 18)

Ch 21

 Exam 1 Revision


Exam 1 (ch 16 - 18)

ch 21

ch 22


Ch 22 EM Survey II Ch23


GW 3  (ch 19 + 20)

ch 23

 Ch 25


ch 25 

Reprieve Day - No class

Ch 24 


GW 4  (ch 21, 22, 23)

Exam 2 Revision

 ch 24 


Exam 2 (Ch 19 - 23)

ch 24

Ch 24


Ch 27

ch 27

ch 27

Ch 30

TBD (Last class)

Reading Day



Friday, April 30th

7.30 am - 9.30 am

Final Exam

(ch 16-25, 27, 30)

Course Summary:

Date Details Due