PHY 2020


This course is designed for people who do not necessarily have a background in physics. We accent the physics of everyday life. We hope that this will provide you with a good understanding of the basics of physics and how they operate in your daily life.

There is no obligatory homework but there is recommended homework. Students who have a good background can do well in this course putting in relatively few hours of work. However, if you do not attend class, you will not only miss the opportunity of getting 10% of the grade, you will also miss the explanations and examples that will be necessary to understand for the tests. The course moves FAST - often one subject (1/2 of a chapter) per class period.

If you miss class, you will miss an entire subject - be warned.

Prereqs: high school algebra and trigonometry.

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Day(s) What Room Times
M, W, F Lecture 1002 NPB

Period 7: 1:55 pm - 2:45 pm

M, W Office Hours 2237 NPB Period 8: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
H Final Exam 1002 NPB 12:30 - 2:30 pm


You are expected to read the material to be covered in each class prior to coming to lecture. Time constraints limit the material that may be covered in each week's lecture. The lectures can not be and are not a substitute for the reading assignments.


In addition to the required text book, students are required to bring to class an H-ITT remote. These are obtainable at the bookstore. To make sure that you have the correct one look at this website. Physics H-ITT remotes  Follow the links on the remotes website to see how to register and use them. We will not start using them for credit until drop/add is over, but if you have them, bring them to class. Clickers will be used starting Wednesday, August 28th.

On the first Friday John Mocko will teach you all how the remotes work in this class, so definitely try to have your remote by then.  The remotes will enable you to take part in the in-class multiple choice quiz questions that are generally given every lecture period, and constitute 10% of your grade.

**The University now requires the following statements to be included in course syllabi:

1.     Students with disabilities requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

2.    I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.


Attend Class Remember, the syllabus is defined by what is covered in lectures. You will not be tested on material not covered in class. The book covers lots of material, not all of which you are expected to know. If you miss class, my advice is to ask a class-mate for notes. I am happy to explain things in office hours which you did not understand. 

Be on time for class. Announcements are generally made at the beginning of each lecture, and you are responsible for learning of these whether you attend class or not.

If you are struggling, ask for help. The best way to get hold of me is after class, in our assigned office hours, or by e-mail. It is tough to discuss physics by e-mail, so it is better to ask 'how to solve this problem' in office hours so I can understand what you're missing.  If you want to discuss physics and cannot make time during my office hours, I can be flexible, but check with me first.

Take Notes Something that is obvious at the time is quickly forgotten. When it comes to the night before a test, you will appreciate a good set of lecture notes.

Do some problems Here are are a sample of physics problems, and their solutions, taken from the textbook. Really try to work some of these problems without looking at the solutions after a short time - otherwise the exam problems will seem challenging. Note that they are just samples for extra practice, although I promise that doing some of them will improve the score of everyone who is not a born 'A' student in physics. Another great place to review for the tests are knowing notes taken in class inside and out.

Chapter 3 - numbers 5,8,10,13,16,19,22,23,25,27
Chapter 4 - numbers 5,7,8,13,15,16
Chapter 5 - numbers 1,3,5,9,13,15
Chapter 7 - numbers 3,6,7,9,14,15,19,25,26,27
Chapter 8 - numbers 2,3,5,7,8,9,11
Chapter 9 - numbers 3,5,7,9,13,17,21,25
Chapter 10 - numbers 11,13
Chapter 11 - numbers 3,6,10
Chapter 12 - numbers 2,6,10,14,19,21,24
Chapter 13 - numbers 1,4,9,13,17,21,23
Chapter 14 - numbers 1,3,7,11,13,16
Chapter 15 - numbers 3,5,7,9,13
Chapter 16 - numbers 1,3,5,9,11,13,15,17,19,21
Chapter 17 - numbers 3,5,9,13,15,19,21,23,25,29
Chapter 18 - numbers 3,5,9,11,13,15,17,21
Chapter 19 - numbers 1,5,7,9,13,15,17,19,21,25
Chapter 20 - numbers 1,5,9,15
Chapter 22 - numbers 13,15,17,19,21
Chapter 23 - numbers 1,7,9,15

Homework Solutions courtesy of Prof. Henri van Rinsvelt
Ch. 3: page 1, page 2
Ch. 4: page 3
Ch. 5: page 4
Ch. 6 - see below 3 lines
Ch. 7: page 5
Ch. 8: page 6
Ch. 6: page 7
Ch. 9: page 8
Ch. 10,11: page 9
Ch. 12: page 10
Ch. 13: page 11
Ch. 14: page 12
Ch. 15: page 13
Ch. 16: page 14
Ch. 17: page 15, page 16
Ch. 18: page 20
Ch. 19: page 21, page 22
Ch. 20: page 23
Ch. 22: page 17, page 18
Ch. 23: page 19