Course Syllabus

F22 UFO UFO PHY2053: Physics 1

Sujata Krishna, Ph. D.

Dr. Sujata Krishna

Contact Information


R: 1:00 - 1:50pm, 2:05 - 2:45pm ET and by arrangement


Course Description

PHY2053 - Physics 1: This course is entirely online. It is the first semester of algebra-based introductory physics. The topics covered include kinematics, Newton’s laws, circular and rotational motion, equilibrium, elasticity, energy, momentum, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound. 4 credits

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: Basic algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have improved their existing foundation in the concepts, principles, terminology, and methodologies used to describe motion (translational, rotational and combined) of simple objects, the basic properties of matter, harmonic oscillations, and wave motion. Specifically, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze particular physical situations, and thus identify the fundamental principles pertinent to those situations to make successful predictions of system behavior,
  2. Apply fundamental principles to formulate mathematical equations describing the relation between physical quantities in these particular situations,
  3. Solve mathematical equations to find the values of physical quantities, and
  4. Communicate unambiguously both the principles that apply to a situation and the results of specific calculations resulting from the steps above.

Student Expectations

To achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to:

  • Visit the weekly module page at the beginning of the week to understand the module learning objectives and to plan your engagement with course content for the week ahead.
  • Read the assigned chapters in the textbook and view the corresponding lecture videos.
  • Work through the examples presented in the text and in the practice problem videos in order to learn the physics concepts, principles, and problem-solving techniques of introductory physics.
  • Complete reading quizzes and homework assignments to self–assess your understanding of the module’s concepts and problem solving strategies on a weekly basis.
  • Seek help from your instructor and other students when specific content does not make sense, and seek out additional practice when needed to gain mastery before moving on to future modules. These additional materials are provided on each module page and in MasteringPhysics to help diagnose, and offer remediation, until you feel comfortable and confident in the physics you have learned.
  • 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.

Required Materials

  • Text (e-book):
    • College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones, and Field (4e). You will need to purchase a RedShelf access code purchased from All Access, then use the course navigation bar on the left and click on 'Redshelf' to insert your code and  access the e-text. See this All Access Link for further details and this guide from All-Access.  You can also access RedShelf Support. You do not need to do this in case you already have the textbook (physical textbook or other).  UF All-Access is only for the e-text and does not include the HW system. 
  • Homework:
    • HW will be presented and submitted through Expert TA.  You must register separately for the etext and for Expert TA, both via UF All Access. To access the homework, click the "Assignments" link in the left-hand navigation menu. Clicking on an assignment will take you to the assignment in Expert TA. The first time you do this, you will be asked to pay for your access privileges.  See ExpertTA Support and FAQ for help navigating this process.

In addition, you need access to a computer with a video camera, a microphone, and a good internet connection. In order to take exams under the supervision of Honorlock, these technology resources must be available in a quiet room where you can take the exams in private.

Canvas and Computing Information

Canvas is the where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

Course Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to watch the lecture and problem-solving videos and to complete the online reading quizzes, homework, and exams by their assigned deadlines. You are also expected to interact with the instructor and with your fellow students through discussions of the material through the Canvas discussion forum. Computer failure and breakage and other technology issues associated with the operation of the computer are in the hands of students. Accommodations will not be made for absences due to technology issues.

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, quiz, and exam windows are announced in the course calendar and appear at the bottom of this page

HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework sets are completed online through ExpertTA 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).

The purpose of the homework is to enable you to apply and consolidate your learning. It is not a test. Research has shown that students learn well through peer-to-peer discussion. You are advised to work in groups and collaborate on homework with your peers, but not to merely copy another person's work. 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 submission of HW. (See "Canvas Information" above and “Getting Help” below for what to do in the event of technical problems with the Canvas e-Learning system or Honorlock, the proctoring system.)

EXAM POLICY:  Two mid-term exams and a final exam will be taken online, each under the supervision of Honorlock during a time window announced in the course calendar. Exams are not collaborative and must be completed alone. 

GROUP PROBLEM: In an online class it can be difficult to get to know others. To encourage you to get to work with other students group work has been designed. You are to work in assigned groups of ~5 to complete this Assignment. You will be graded on one randomly chosen submission.  You group must make at least 6 submissions to receive a non-zero grade. This work is due along with every homework.

CLASS DISCUSSION:  The DB1-3 and introductions space is your space to connect with your classmates. Your discussion postings are not graded. 

Discussions may be moderated to ensure posts remain on topic. Any harassment or inappropriate posts will be removed. After a warning, subsequent inappropriate posts will be deleted and the individual will be assigned a zero on their Group Problem grade and further access to discussion boards will be denied.

MAKE-UP POLICY: Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work are consistent with university policies that can be found here. For a foreseeable absence, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as requiring an accommodation at least one week prior to the absence. Documentation is required with your make-up request. If you have a planned absence during the exam window, please notify your instructor so that she may evaluate if your request meets the excused absence policy and if a make-up exam is in order.

Assessments and Grade Calculation

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



  Exam 1


    HW 1-4)


  Exam 2

  (Chapters 6-10, HW 5-8)


  Exam 3

Cumulative Ch.1-16, All HW




 Group Problem




  Total Course Points


Exams: Each exam covers content primarily from each of the 3 units. However, physics is cumulative, and you will see many physics concepts utilized throughout the semester. Exam guidance and practice is provided in Modules 4, 8 and 14. There are 15 questions per exam. 

Homework: The best way to learn physics is by doing physics. These weekly curated collection of practice problems allow you to learn physics by attempting physics problems in a low-stakes environment, where you are offered multiple attempts for each question part until you get the problem correct. Occasionally, hints will guide you along the correct solution path. The lowest homework score is dropped. ExpertTA assignment scores are manually synced to Canvas Grades periodically, after the assignment deadline. 

Group Problem: You will work in assigned groups. The groups will remain the same throughout the semester. You must submit at least 6 pieces of group work on any 6 homeworks your group chooses, from HW 1-10. See the Group Problem assignment and Group Problem Discussion Board for details.

Reading: Reading the textbook is critical for your conceptual understanding. On the schedule is noted the section numbers you are expected to go through each week. The reading is suggested for Tuesdays and Thursdays but you may do so anytime that week. The homework is based on the topics in the reading. The instructional videos and worked example videos should help as well. 

Quiz: You will take conceptual  and survey-like quizzes. Please follow the schedule for when they are due. These are generally multiple choice questions with one attempt at each question.  No quiz score is dropped.

Discussion Postings: This is where you ask questions about confusing parts of physics every week. It's the best way to raise your hand and ask a question and everyone else will be thankful that you did! 

Grade Scheme

You need to make 55% or greater to pass this course.  The grading scheme will be applied after Exam 1 grades are released so that the Exam category (largest category) is not empty. The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E
Range 85 or higher 80-84.9 75-79.9 70-74.9 65-69.9 60-64.9 55-59.9 50-54.9 45-49.9 40-44.9 35-39.9 39.8% or lower

Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code

In order to maintain a high standard of academic integrity and assure that the value of your University of Florida degree is not compromised, course exams will be proctored.

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

Violation of any of these conditions is academic misconduct and will be dealt with according to the protocols for reporting Honor Code violations. This is your only warning and if you have questions about whether an action constitutes a violation, you should consult your instructor prior to following the course of action in question. 


You will take your exam electronically using the course website and these exams will be proctored with Honorlock. Honorlock is an online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home. You DO NOT need to create an account, download software or schedule an appointment in advance. With Honorlock, there is no scheduling required with a testing proctor, and you can complete the exam anytime during the 48 hour testing window. Please make sure you complete and submit the exam before the end of the testing window. You will need a computer, working webcam, speakers, microphone and reliable Internet connection to be able to take your exams. Wireless internet is not recommended. You may also need a mirror or other reflective surface. Google Chrome is the only supported browser for taking exams in Canvas. You can download the extension at

Important: Prior to each exam, visit the Honorlock system check to evaluate your equipment and software. Also, take the practice quiz, worth 0 points, to get familiar with the Honorlock procedure for beginning and taking proctored exams.

Download and read through the HONORLOCK-StudentPreparationLinks.pdf handout for an overview of test-taking tips and requirements. There will be questions answerable from information presented on this handout on your syllabus quiz.

When you are ready to test, log into Canvas, go to your course, and click on your exam. Clicking "Launch Proctoring" will begin the Honorlock authentication process, where you will take a picture of yourself, show your ID, and complete a scan of your room. Honorlock will be recording your exam session by webcam as well as recording your screen. Honorlock also has an integrity algorithm that can detect search-engine use, so please do not attempt to search for answers, even if it's on a secondary device (which are not permitted anyways). 

Getting Help

Honorlock support is available 24/7/365. If you encounter any issues, you may contact them by live chat, phone (855-828-4004), and/or email (

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 answer questions about the contents of the exam, but they will be willing to diagnose and offer solutions for technical difficulties with the proctoring system.

Course Schedule and Calendar

Each week, a new module will become available providing access to lecture videos, worked example videos, and a homework assignment, and a there will be a weekly announcement on Mondays outlining what you should be working on that week and any important additional assignments coming up such as a quiz or exam. 

An exam window opens for 24 hours on the date of the exam. Exam 3 is cumulative and is offered on Monday, December 12th.  Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time and clocks will shift accordingly, keeping the stated exam times and due date/times as announced,



This is a tentative course schedule that we will adhere to as much as possible. Notes pre/post class and Exam Information will appear as links in the table.

Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday





Textbook Reading:

Ch 1: 1.1 -1-7
Representing Motion


Discussion Board (DB): Introduce Yourself

2 8/28

 DB1 opens



2.1 - 2.4

1D Motion: Velocity, Acceleration



 2.5 - 2.7 Constant Acceleration, 1D Problem Solving




HW 1 Due


Quiz 1 due

Labor Day Holiday


3.1 - 3.4 Vectors, 2D Motion

3.5-3.6, 3.8

Projectile Motion, Relative Velocity



HW 2 


Quiz 2 due



4.1-4.7, 5.2

Forces, FBD, Newton's Laws



4.1-4.7, 5.2 Forces, FBD, Newton's Laws




HW 3 





5.4-5.5,5.7-5.8 Contact Forces, Friction, Tension

5.3, 8.3 Apparent Weight, Springs (End of Exam 1 material)



HW 4



Practice Due


3.7,6.1-6.4 Uniform Circular Motion

Study for Exam 1

 Exam Prep


No HW Due

DB1 Closes

Exam 1

(Info Link)


6.5-6.6 Gravity and Orbits
10/5 10/6
7.1-7.4 Rotational Motion, Torque
Homecoming Holiday




No HW Due


DB 2 opens


7.5-7.7 Moment of Inertia, Rolling

5.1,8.1-8.2,8.5 Equilibrium


HW 5 



8.4 Elasticity

10.1 - 10.4 Work & Energy



HW 6




10.5, 10.10,11.1 Energy Conservation & Power

(End of Exam 2 material)


 9.1-9.4Momentum, Impulse, Conservation of Momentum



HW 7 


Exam 2 Prep, 


9.5-9.6,10.9 Collisions

9.7 Angular Momentum





HW 8


DB2  Closes

Quiz 3 due

Exam 2 (info link)


13.1 - 13.3 Fluids: Density, Pressure, Buoyancy
13.4-13.7 Fluid Dynamics, Fluids Problem Solving

Veterans' Day Holiday








HW 9







DB3 opens

14.1-14.6 SHM, Pendulum
11/16 11/17
15.1- 15.4 Traveling Waves

Discussion Board 3 opens



HW 10

GP Due 



15.5-15.7 Loudness, Doppler Effect
11/23 - 11/26
Thanksgiving Holiday



HW 11

Quiz 4 due


16.1-16.4 Standing Waves

16.5 - 16.7 Interference, Beats


HW 12 



Reading Days

Reading Days

Exam Prep


DB3 Closes
17 12/11

Exam 3

(Info Link)








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 ( and require appropriate documentation.


Disclaimer: This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives.  As we go through the semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity or to react to weather-related closures.  Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.


Course Summary:

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