Sujata Krishna, Ph. D.
firstname.lastname@example.org [Please do not contact me in Canvas, but use this email, and include PHPB in the subject line before your subject.]
Email Response Time
Typically 48 hours on weekdays
TR Period 7 (1:55 - 2:45 pm) in NPB 1216. The first class meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug 24th (no class on M, Aug 23rd). *All times on the syllabus and throughout this course are in ET.
In person Recitation
Recitation: MW Period 7 is with a TA. The first recitation will be on W of Week 1 i.e. Aug 25th. You will not have recitation on Aug 23rd.
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:
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. Pearson Office Hours are held during the first week of term if you need troubleshooting help in accessing Mastering.
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.
Credits: 4; Prerequisites: PHY 2053 or the equivalent and 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)
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:
- Analyze particular physical situations, and thus identify the fundamental principles pertinent to those situations to make successful predictions of system behavior,
- Apply fundamental principles to formulate mathematical equations describing the relation between physical quantities in these particular situations,
- Solve mathematical equations to find the values of physical quantities, and
- Communicate unambiguously both the principles that apply to a situation and the results of specific calculations resulting from the steps above.
To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:
- Read the assigned chapters in the textbook.
- Attend and participate in scheduled lectures.
- 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 recitation section meetings for group problem solving and small group instruction delivered by your TA.
- Complete weekly quizzes assessing your ability to solve a similar problem to those asked from homework assignments, evaluated by recitation section TA.
- 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 http://studentsuccess.ufl.edu (Links to an external site.)
- Physics is practiced and advanced by a scientific community of individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities and is open and welcoming to everyone. The instructional team recognizes the value in diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of this course. This includes, but is not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion and disability. Students may have opportunities to work together in this course. We expect respectful student collaborations such as attentive listening and responding to the contributions of all teammates.
Physics, like all human endeavors, is something that is learned. Our aim is to foster an atmosphere of learning that is based on inclusion, transparency and respect for all participants. We acknowledge the different needs and perspectives we bring to our common learning space and strive to provide everyone with equal access. All students meeting the course prerequisites belong here and are well positioned for success.
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.
Covid-Related Student Expectation
In response to COVID-19, the following practices are in place to maintain your learning environment, to enhance the safety of our in-classroom interactions, and to further the health and safety of ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones.
- If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated. Vaccines are readily available at no cost and have been demonstrated to be safe and effective against the COVID-19 virus. Visit this link for details on where to get your shot, including options that do not require an appointment: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/vaccinations/vaccine-availability/ (Links to an external site.) . Students who receive the first dose of the vaccine somewhere off-campus and/or outside of Gainesville can still receive their second dose on campus.
- You are expected to wear approved face coverings at all times during class and within buildings even if you are vaccinated. Please continue to follow healthy habits, including best practices like frequent hand washing. Following these practices is our responsibility as Gators.
- Sanitizing supplies are available in the classroom if you wish to wipe down your desks prior to sitting down and at the end of the class.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be located in every classroom.
- If you sick, stay home and self-quarantine. Please visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website about next steps, retake the questionnaire and schedule your test for no sooner than 24 hours after your symptoms began. Please call your primary care provider if you are ill and need immediate care or the UF Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161 (or email email@example.com) to be evaluated for testing and to receive further instructions about returning to campus. UF Health Screen, Test & Protect offers guidance when you are sick, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or have tested positive yourself. Visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website (Links to an external site.) for more information.
- Submit paperwork for an excused absence
- If you are withheld from campus by the Department of Health through Screen, Test & Protect you are not permitted to use any on campus facilities. Students attempting to attend campus activities when withheld from campus will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.
- Continue to regularly visit coronavirus.UFHealth.org and coronavirus.ufl.edu for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and vaccination.
Expectations of the Instructor
The instructional team consists of your instructors, teaching assistants (TAs). We aim 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.
- Instructors may offer HW support to students via Learning Assistants(LAs) when LAs are available.
Lectures are held during Periods 7 TR in class and can be broadcast through streaming via zoom details on the course homepage upon request by prior email to the instructor with a reason. 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 Students may record lectures according to UF policy stated here. (Links to an external site.)
Recitations are in person class meetings during p7 on Mondays and Wednesdays 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 cannot be not recorded. Participation points will only be awarded if students participate. Participation is not awarded unless you are engaged with group members to try to solve the assigned problem.
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 by contacting your TA with your verifiable excuse note. 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: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx
Links and times for joining the office hours are on the course homepage.
W, 8.30 - 10
W 10 - 10:25
via Zoom only
In person 1:1 in NPB 2249
|Gustavo Perez-Sanchez||F period 5, 11.45 - 12.35 in B-162||In person|
Contact Information for Instructional Team
|Gustavo Perez-Sanchez (TA)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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:
|Exam 1||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Exam 2||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Exam 3 (Final)||25||25*(earned points/20)|
|Quizzes||20||15*(your earned points/max quiz points). Drop lowest quiz.|
5*(your earned points/max hw points) Drop two lowest HW scores (as percentage)
Sum this column
|iClicker Bonus||2.5||2.5*(your total points/max points) Drop four lowest participation sessions.|
|Group Work Participation Bonus||2.5||2*(your total points/max points) Drop 2 lowest|
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:
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.
The exam format is multiple choice and completed in person or online as announced by the instructor closer to the date. Your exam may be in a different building/classroom for in person exams. You are responsible for checking your exam room assignment on the exams page. This is typically available ~1 week before the exam. If the Exam modality shifts to online for any reason, an announcement will be made in the course. For online exams 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.
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.
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 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.
- You may only utilize resources expressly permitted during the exam.
- Sending exam or quiz questions to anyone is a violation at all times.
Violation of any of these conditions is academic misconduct and are 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.
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 on Monday. A Quiz # matches the HW # it is based on. 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. 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. HW grades are synced from MP within 48 hours of the due date of the HW. If you see your grade in MP it will transfer over to eLearning gradebook, give it time.
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. 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.
To reward your efforts, your recitation section TA will award weekly participation points for your collaborative work in solving problems. There are no points for simply being present and not actively participating. These points will sum over the course of the semester and will determine your individual Group Work participation 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 group work session. Remember, you are strongly encouraged to participate in these meaningful exercises to gain both feedback and confidence in your problem solving ability.
You are required to participate with the iClicker Cloud app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It is your responsibility to follow the steps below to properly register your iClicker account in a timely fashion. It is also your responsibility to regularly check your iClicker records for any discrepancies.
In order to participate in 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 PHY2054 left sidebar. If you do not already have an iClicker account, you will need to create one. It’s free!
- If you already have an iClicker account, sign in. DO NOT create a new account. You can only receive credit from one account.
- When creating your iClicker account, make sure you enter your name and email exactly as they appear in Canvas. Add your Gatorlink username in the “Student ID” field. Click here to create your iclicker account (Links to an external site.) .
- When prompted to register a remote, you can Skip This Step if you are not using a handheld remote. Handheld remotes only work while answering questions in the lecture hall.
2. Set up the device(s) you’ll use to participate in our synchronous lectures.
- You can download the iClicker cloud app via the App Store or Google Play, or you can use iClicker on your laptop.
- 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 cloud, or switch back and forth between our virtual class and the iClicker cloud app.
3. Now the fun part! Participate in iClicker class activities.
- When it’s time for class, make sure you have selected this course from the main screen of your iClicker cloud account.
- When the instructor starts a class session in iClicker, select the Join button that appears on your screen, then answer each question asked in iClicker cloud.
- For short answer, numeric, and target questions, make sure you select Send.
4. Review your work in iClicker cloud.
- You can review your grades, performance, and participation in iClicker cloud.
- Grades will be synced from iClicker cloud to Canvas on a regular basis. Please allow a week after lecture for the sync to occur. If you do not see scores in Canvas, you have not successfully completed step 1 above. The deadline for completing step 1 above is the last day of class for this semester (prior to reading days), but you are strongly advised to complete step 1 in the first two weeks of the semester.
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
- Sending your answer to other students in any way.
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 cloud?
- If you are having trouble with your iClicker cloud access code, check out this guide to access code errors (Links to an external site.) .
- If you are having issues connecting to iClicker cloud, check out these iClicker cloud connectivity tips (Links to an external site.) .
- If you are having issues seeing your iClicker cloud points, use this troubleshooting guide (Links to an external site.) .
- Find answers to many of your questions and contact the iClicker Tech Support Team by visiting com/support (Links to an external site.) at any time.
Any course materials that are digital will be housed in eLearning. Announcements will be made here and you are expected to monitor announcements regularly. 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.
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 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.
No class meeting today
|8/24 - First meeting
Observations from Static Electricity
Orientation to Recitations
Ch 20 4-5
Ch 20 6-7
Conductors and Insulators in Fields
Labor Day Holiday
Ch 21 1-2
Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy
Ch 21 3-6
Calculating Electric Potential, Energy Conservation
Ch 21 3-6
Electric Potential, Equipotential surfaces, Capacitance
Capacitors, Dielectrics, Energy in Capacitors
Currents and EMF
Ohm's Law, Resistance, Power and Energy
| HW 4
Circuits, Kirchhoff's Laws, Resistors in Series and Parallel
Multiloop; Capacitor Arrangements
| HW 5
8:20 - 10:20 pm
||No Quiz week|
Torques from Magnetic Fields
| HW 8
Faraday's and Lenz's Laws
EM Waves; EM Spectrum
|HW 9||Quiz 9|
Superposition, Double Slit Interference
Diffraction Gratings, Thin Films
| HW 10
Reflection & Refraction, Dispersion
| HW 11
Apparent depth; images from plane & spherical mirrors; principal rays
Images from thin lens; principal rays
| HW 12
Optical Instruments: Camera, Magnifier, Eye, Microscope
Fundamental Forces of Nature, Nucleus Stability, and Decay Modes
|HW 14||Quiz 14||
Decay Rates and Radiation
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.
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
- Providing or copying answers on exams or quizzes
- Taking an exam or quiz for another student
- Entering online homework answers for another student
- Distributing or copying exam or quiz questions
- 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.
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."
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.
DRC Student Accommodation requests take 3 working days in the course before they come into effect. Not having submitted DRC paperwork in time is not an acceptable excuse for taking a makeup exam.
Online Course Evaluation
Campus Resources and Student Success
Health and Wellness
U Matter, We Care:
If you or a friend is in distress, please contact email@example.com or 352 392- 1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.
Counseling and Wellness Center: http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/Default.aspx, 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). http://www.police.ufl.edu/
UF Student Success : For improving study skills to connecting with a peer tutor, peer mentor, success coach, academic advisor, and wellness resources, go to http://studentsuccess.ufl.edu
E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to Learning- firstname.lastname@example.org. https://lss.at.ufl.edu/help.shtml.
Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring. http://teachingcenter.ufl.edu/
Free Tutoring via Knack: https://studentsuccess.ufl.edu/-tutoring/
Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601. Career assistance and counseling. http://www.crc.ufl.edu/
Library Support, http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/ask. Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.
Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers. http://writing.ufl.edu/writing-studio/
Student Complaints: https://www.dso.ufl.edu/documents/UF_Complaints_policy.pdf
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