Course Syllabus

Summer 2021 Physics 1 PHY2048 - Course Syllabus



Gustavo Perez Sanchez
B-174 New Physics Building

Office phone: 352.273.4691


Send e-mail only to . Note that homework help is given during your discussion section and during office hours, not through e-mail.

Class Lecture

MWF Period 3 (11:00 am - 12:15pm) via Zoom
To encourage participation, the Zoom meeting is not recorded by the instructor.

Discussion Sections

See Discussion Sections page for details about meeting times and contact information for your instructor.

Textbook and Course Materials

  • Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday & Resnick & Walker), 11th edition, with WileyPLUS.
  • The course requires students to purchase access to the online homework system, WileyPLUS 

Access to the required course materials above may be obtained from the UF All Access program. 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.


The course requires the use of iClicker Reef software. See details below in the iClicker Registration and Support section of this syllabus.


You are responsible for the operation of your technology while participating in this online course. Please create a backup plan now for the unlikely and inconvenient situations where your technology fails, endangering your participation in timed assessments or meetings. Your plan should include situations where loss of power, internet, or device functionality endanger your participation and your grade. Loss of internet or power may be out of your control, but your well prepared backup plan can anticipate and plan for these issues.

About the Course

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.

Course Description

Credits: 3;
Prereq: MAC 2311; High School Physics, PHY 2020 or the equivalent

Student Expectations

To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:

  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled lectures and discussion sections.
  • 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 discussion 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 Instructors

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 discussion 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.

Discussion Sections

Discussion sections are scheduled class meetings where you will get small group 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 low-stakes 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.

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. Review the  Discussion Sections page for listing of meeting times. Discussion section meetings are not recorded to encourage your participation.  We invite you to turn on your camera and microphone to facilitate efficient interaction with your TA and classmates. 

Class Attendance and Missed Work

Attendance to lectures and discussion 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.

Discussion Section Quizzes: Students must request a makeup quiz from the discussion section instructor, and if approved, make arrangements with the discussion section instructor. Students have one week from the day of the missed quiz to make mutually agreeable arrangements and complete the quiz. Due to the end of the semester, an exception is made for quiz 10, which must be completed by the Wednesday before the last day of class.

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 consist of material similar to that which was tested on the missed exam.

Missed iClicker points: Students are not permitted to earn iClicker points if they are not successfully submitting responses during the open polling times. Instead of offering makeup clicker sessions for absences, we drop a few iClicker sessions for everyone. Please join the class meeting with a charged mobile device. 

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. Please plan 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

Visit your instructors for free help! We're the ones writing your exams and quizzes and have a good idea about how to help you succeed in this course. You may visit any of the TAs, not just the one teaching your discussion section. Please find someone you can go to for help.

Information about meeting times and zoom links can be found on the Discussion Sections page.


Contact Information for Instructional Team

Instructor Email Office phone
Gustavo Perez 352.273.4691
Swapnil Yadav
Guanzhi Li 352.392.3010



Grades are based on total points accumulated from exams, discussion section quizzes, homework and extra credit quizzes. 

Your final score is the sum of the following:

Assessment Max Points Calculation
Exam 1 18 18*(earned points/max points)
Exam 2 18 18*(earned points/max points)
Exam 3 18 18*(earned points/max points)
Exam 4 (Final) 21 21*(earned points/max points)
Discussion Section Quizzes 20 20*(your earned points/max quiz points)
Drop 1 lowest/missing quiz score
Homework 5 5*(your earned points/max hw points)
Drop 1 lowest/missing homework score
Total 100 Sum this column
iClicker Bonus 5 5*(your total points/max points)
Drop 2 lowest/missing clicker scores

Use Canvas Grades to track your scores and report any discrepancies in your scores to your TA. Notification of discrepancies are due to your TA by August 5th. 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 four exams, with the fourth exam held on the last day of the semester serving as a cumulative final. Exams are held during the regularly scheduled class time and are online exams (in Canvas). The dates, times, chapter coverage and allowed materials are described on the  Exam Information 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 registered disability must carry out the DRC procedures described below.


Each quiz will happen towards the end of your discussion section and is typically based on (though not necessarily identical to) a homework problem from the homework turned in Monday of that week. The particular problem given in each discussion section is chosen at random and thus its difficulty will vary throughout the semester. Quizzes are completed online in Canvas and proctored with Honorlock. It is not permitted to share the contents of a quiz or your answers to a quiz, and doing so is a violation of the university Honor Code.

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 that it will be delayed 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 one week of the missed quiz. The last date for an eligible makeup will be the Wednesday before the last day of class.

Your quiz grade  = 20 * (total quiz points / max points). The lowest quiz score is dropped from the calculation.


Homework  is based on the WileyPLUS online homework system and assignments are due Mondays at 9PM. 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.

Your homework grade  = 5 * (total homework points / max points). The lowest homework score is dropped from the calculation.

Homework and academic honesty: While we encourage students to discuss homework problems with one another, 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).

iClicker extra credit

Answering questions during lectures is optional using the iClicker response system, but can earn up to a maximum of 5 extra credit points on your grade. 

For each iClicker question, you receive 2 points for a correct answer and 1 point for a wrong answer. Two iclicker session scores are dropped to allow for absences, broken devices, late answers, etc. However, to receive credit for your responses, your iClicker account must be linked to your Canvas course.  Please see the  iClicker page .

You are responsible for maintaining the functioning of your device, including its connection to the internet during the polling session. No credit will be given for questions if you forget your mobile device or your mobile device battery is dead or you do not respond to the question in the allotted time. 


The lectures notes and this semester's exam solutions will be linked from the Schedule and Exam Information pages. Scores on homework, exams, and quizzes will be posted in the Grades section.


Homework is delivered and scored using WileyPLUS, which is already integrated in Canvas. Access to WileyPLUS is granted through the AllAccess program, offering billing directly to your student account with the benefit of access to both the e-text and homework system on the first day of the semester. 

You can access Wiley content (textbook, hw assignments) by clicking on a homework assignment listed on the Assignments page, from the ToDo list, from the Course Calendar, or by clicking on any specific topic listed on the course home page. 

Details about Homework Assignments, Grading, and Late Policy

  • Most problems come from the textbook, though the values for masses, charges, angles, etc. for each problem are different for each student. We expect to have some problems which might not come from the textbook.
  • 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.
  • For all other question types, there is a 5% deduction in the number of points you can earn for each wrong submission. There is also a small (1%) deduction for every hint or feedback you request.
  • There are no extensions on homework assignments.

iClicker Polling

You are required to participate with the iClicker Reef app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It is your responsibility to follow the steps below to properly register your iClicker Reef account in a timely fashion. It is also your responsibility to regularly check your iClicker records for any discrepancies.

In order to participate in my iClicker activities and ensure that your grades are properly reflected in the gradebook, follow the steps below:

1. Log in to the Canvas course and click the iClicker link in the PHY2048 left sidebar. If you do not already have an iClicker Reef account, create one  (Links to an external site.) . It’s free to create an account!

  • If you already have an iClicker Reef account, sign in. DO NOT create a new account. You can only receive credit from one account.
  • When creating your iClicker Reef account, make sure you enter your name and email exactly as they appear in Canvas. Add your Gatorlink username in the “Student ID” field.
  • When prompted to register a remote, you can Skip This Step. Handheld remotes will not work in our online sessions.

2. Set up the device(s) you’ll use to participate in our synchronous lectures.

  • You can download the iClicker Reef mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, or you can use iClicker Reef on your laptop at (Links to an external site.) .
  • If you have multiple devices, I recommend accessing our virtual class using your computer and participating in the iClicker questions using your mobile device.
  • If you only have one device, you can open up a new tab in your web browser for iClicker Reef, or switch back and forth between our virtual class and the iClicker Reef app.

3. Now the fun part! Participate in my iClicker class activities.

  • When it’s time for class, make sure you have selected my course from the main screen of your iClicker Reef account.
    • When I start a class session in iClicker, select the Join button that appears on your screen, then answer each question I ask in iClicker Reef.
    • For short answer, numeric, and target questions, make sure you select Send.

4.Review your work in iClicker Reef.

  • You can review your grades, performance, and participation in iClicker Reef.
  • Grades will be synced from iClicker Reef to Canvas (iClicker Totals column) on a regular basis. Please allow 24 hours after lecture for the sync to occur.


Academic Integrity Information

iClicker activities fall under the provisions of our campus academic honesty policy. Students must not engage in academic dishonesty while participating in iClicker activities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Having another student participate for you
  • Using more than one iClicker account at a time

Any student found to be in violation of these rules will lose their iClicker points for the entire term and may be reported to the Dean of Student Discipline.

Need help with iClicker Reef?


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

Course schedule (with quizzes and chapters covered) can be found on the Schedule page.

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, iClicker, 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 with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the Disability Resource Center by visiting our  Get Started page . It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.

Requesting an accommodation letter to be sent to instructors is sufficient for receiving accommodations, as long as the letter is received at least three days prior to the deadline for assessments. Letters received less than three days before the assignment deadline will have the accommodations applied for the next and subsequent assessments.

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 send a current accommodation letter 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

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.

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

Student Complaints:

Online Proctoring With HonorLock 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 will take your exam and quiz electronically using the course website. You do not need to register for your exam. However, you will need to have installed and enabled the Google Chrome Honorlock extension prior to taking your exams. You will need a webcam, speakers, microphone, laptop or desktop computer, 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.

  • You are not permitted to utilize any resources in addition to what is provided during the assessment.
  • You are not permitted to discuss the contents of the assessment following its administration.
  • You are not permitted to receive any information prior to taking the assessment about its contents.
  • You are not permitted to transmit any information about the assessment prior to, during, or following the assessment.

Prior to each exam and in the same environment you plan to take the exam, review the Honorlock Guidelines (Links to an external site.) , and go to Honorlock Support (Links to an external site.)  to run a system check. This process takes just a few minutes and is completely free. If your course offers an Honorlock Practice Quiz, it is strongly recommended that you take it to practice using Honorlock before your exams. 

Important: If you are unable to take an exam because of a technical glitch on your end, that is your responsibility. However, if you do experience technical difficulties during the exam, Honorlock's support menu will be visible on-screen for you to contact a support agent. 

Honorlock offers 24/7/365 technical support to assist students before, during, and after exams. If you experience any trouble with Honorlock, begin a live chat on the Honorlock Support page (Links to an external site.) , call +1 (844) 243-2500, or email

Course Summary:

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