Course Syllabus

PHY 2054 - Physics 2

Course Description and Details

PHY2054 - Physics 2. 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. 4 credits

A minimum grade of C is required for general education credit.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: PHY 2053 or the equivalent

Class Number: 19158

Instructor: Shawn Weatherford, Ph.D.

Office: NPB 2142

Phone: (352) 392-8747

Office Hours: Thurs, 4-5pm; Fri 11:30-12:30pm. Zoom Link on Course Home Page

Contact: Please send email using Canvas. I will respond within 24 hours during weekdays, and 48 hours on weekends. Please allow a week to return graded work requiring feedback, unless otherwise notified through course announcement.

Modality: This course is online asynchronous. All videos are prerecorded. No synchronous requirements exist. Live office hours are available according to the schedule above for on-demand assistance. Attendance to office hours is optional and the office hours are not recorded.

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 electricity (charge, electric fields, electric potential, circuits) and magnetism (magnetic fields, induction, and magnetic interactions) and the behavior of light. 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.

    These course objectives align with the UF General Education student learning outcomes and physical science area learning outcomes.

    General Education SLO Physical Science SLO Course Objective Alignment Assessment
    Content Identify, describe, and explain the basic concepts, theories and terminology of natural science and the scientific method; the major scientific discoveries and the impacts on society and the environment; and the relevant processes that govern physical systems. Objectives 1-4 All assessments and student practice assignments offer opportunities for students to demonstrate learning about the physics content covered in this course.
    Critical Thinking Formulate empirically-testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes or living things; apply logical reasoning skills effectively through scientific criticism and argument; and apply techniques of discovery and critical thinking effectively to solve scientific problems and to evaluate outcomes Objectives 1-3

    Independent Practice

    • Weekly Graded Homework
    • Optional Practice Assignments

    Formative: Weekly Reading Quizzes

    Summative: 4 exams

    Communication Communicate scientific knowledge, thoughts, and reasoning clearly and effectively. Objective 4
    • Required postings to discussion boards

    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 to 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Required Materials

    The required text is College Physics, a strategic approach, by Knight, Jones and Field, 4thed, 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 Mastering Physics using the link provided in the Canvas website. Technical support for students can be found at the student support site.

    In addition, use of HonorLock (free) is required for examinations. 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 privacy.

    To complete your tasks in this course, you will need a basic understanding of operating a computer and using word processing software. You will need to know how to operate a scientific calculator (handheld or the Honorlock scientific calculator).

    Canvas Information

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

    For help with technical issues or difficulties with Canvas, please contact the UF Help Desk at:

    Any requests for make-ups due to technical issues should be accompanied by the ticket number received from the Help Desk when the problem was reported to them. The ticket number will document the time and date of the problem. You should email your instructor within 24 hours of the technical difficulty if you wish to request a make-up.

    Course Policies

    ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to watch the lecture and problem-solving videos and to attempt 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.

    ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, reading 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 Mastering Physics at any time between the opening of the assignment and the deadline announced in the course calendar. These assignments provide formative feedback on your progress meeting the learning objectives of each module, and are therefore due weekly. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. 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 instructor or your assigned study group partners only. 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.)

    Homework scores will be synced to Canvas a few days after the deadline for each assignment.

    EXAM POLICY:  Three mid-term exams and a cumulative 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 are completed alone without any study or reference aids other than what is provided by the exam. Performance on midterm exams set the bar for establishing a measurement of your mastery of the learning outcomes for the modules covered by each exam. The final exam will include a subset of questions covering the big ideas from the previous midterm exams. Google Chrome is the recommended browser.

    CLASS DISCUSSION: Each week will introduce a new module (chapter) on physics. Please post your observations or questions on the material, or help answer your fellow classmates’ questions, using the Canvas discussion forum. Your discussion postings are graded based on the quality of the questions posed about course content, the quality of the feedback offered to other students, and the amount of interaction you offer to the course. Waiting to post during the week prior to the exam will reflect poorly on your score for these assignments. The grade encourages consistent and habitual reflection of your understanding and posting your thoughts in a public forum. Discussion postings are evaluated four times throughout the semester, coinciding with each exam.

    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 prior to the absence.

    EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: Students will be asked to complete surveys at various points during the semester as part of their coursework. Students completing surveys may elect to receive extra credit by following instructions for submitting evidence of survey completion. In addition, students may provide/withhold consent for instructors use of the survey results in aggregate form for research purposes.

    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 electronically using the course website and these exams will be proctored with Honorlock. 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 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.

    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 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.

    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.

    Institutional Policies and Procedures

    UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the disability Resource Center. Click here to get started with the Disability Resource Center. 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. 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:  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 Conduct Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Click here to read the Conduct Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.

    **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

    On Sunday of each week, a new module will become available providing access to lecture videos, worked example videos, and a homework assignment (due eight days later on the following Monday at 11:59pm EST). Further, an adaptive homework assignment may be offered for additional practice based on your total homework assignment score.

    An exam window opens for 48 hours during an exam week beginning on the Tuesday of the exam week (at 12:00am EST) and closing on the next Wednesday (at 11:59pm EST). Exam 4 is offered on Sunday April 30th– Tuesday May 2. Please note that Florida observes Daylight Savings Time.



    Week Starting





    Orientation, introductions, and math review, scientific notation, units




    Electric Forces
    Reading: 20.1-20.3



    Electric Fields
    Reading: 20.4 –20.7



    Electric Potential
    Reading: 21.1-21.5




    Reading: 21.7-21.8



    Exam 1

    (Mod 1-4)

    Current & Resistance
    Reading: 22.1-22.6



    Reading: 23.1-23.7



    Magnetic Fields
    Reading: 24.2-24.4




    Magnetic Forces
    Reading: 24.1, 24.5-8



     Spring Break



    Exam 2

    (Mod 5-8)

    Induction and Waves
    Reading: 25.1-5, 25.7



    Wave Optics
    Reading: 17.1-17.6




    Ray Optics
    Reading 18.1-18.7



    Exam 3

    (Mod 9-11)

    Optical Instruments
    Reading: 19.1-19.7



    Nuclear Physics
    Reading: 30.1-30.5



    Exam 4

    (Mod 12-13; cumulative)



    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.

    Grade Components and Calculation

    Students will complete graded course activities that fall in one of the four categories below:

    Reading Quiz: The weekly reading quiz (one per module) evaluates your understanding of the assigned reading.

    Homework: The weekly homework assignment provides opportunity to practice the problem solving skills you've learned by reviewing course lectures and reading the assigned textbook sections.  

    Discussion Posting: Each week you are to post to the appropriate discussion forum. These posts provide practice communicating science and articulating specific elements of confusion through descriptions of your thinking. You are encouraged to respond to classmates to share your understanding in the conversation. This is the primary forum to submit questions about the course content and receive assistance.

    Exams: Four exams (3 during term exams and one final exam) assess your achievement in this course. The exams consist of 15 questions each and will consist of multiple choice, multiple select, and numerical type problems. Although the format is predominantly numerical. 

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


    Max Scaled Points

    Calculated as

    Exam 1

    (Modules 1-4)


    (your earned points / 15)*18 max points

    Exam 2

    (Modules 5-8)


    (your earned points / 15)*18 max points

    Exam 3

    (Modules 9-11)


    (your earned points / 15)*18 max points

    Exam 4

    (Modules 12-14; cumulative)


    (your earned points / 15)*18 max points



    (your earned points/total points possible)*15 max points

    Reading Quizzes**


    (your earned points/total points possible)*5 max points

    Discussion Postings


    (your earned points/total points possible)*8 max points

    Optional Assignments (Practice)



    Total Course Points



    ** Canvas will drop the lowest score in these categories.


    Grade Scheme

    The following grading standards will be used in this class:

    Grade Range
    A 100 % to 80.0%
    A- < 80.0 % to 75.0%
    B+ < 75.0 % to 70.0%
    B < 70.0 % to 65.0%
    B- < 65.0 % to 60.0%
    C+ < 60.0 % to 55.0%
    C < 55.0 % to 50.0%
    C- < 50.0 % to 45.0%
    D+ < 45.0 % to 40.0%
    D < 40.0 % to 35.0%
    D- < 35.0 % to 30.0%
    F < 30.0 % to 0.0%                        

     The university policy for assigning grade points is found at

    Student Resources for Academic and Personal Wellbeing

    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). (Links to an external site.)

    UF Student Success :  For improving study skills to connecting with a peer tutor, peer mentor, success coach, academic advisor, and wellness resources, go to (Links to an external site.)

    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:

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    Course Summary:

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