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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

Introductory Physics PHYS-1410

  • Fall 2012 Full Term 2013
  • Section SECTION_300
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012
  • Modified 08/26/2012

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, Room G214


  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, Room G231

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Jeff Bronson

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, G203
  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:05 PM to 4:30 PM, G203
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, G203


A conceptual level survey (with a minimum of mathematics) of topics in physics intended for liberal arts and other non-science majors. Topics include mechanics, heat, wave motion, electricity, magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics and relativity. The course is designed for students who do not intend to do further work in natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or medicine.  This class includes laboratory hours.



This is a course in the 42-hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College.  Students will develop proficiency in appropriate intellectual competencies, exemplary educational objectives and general perspectives. The URL of the Blinn College core curriculum web site is


Upon completion students, using minimal amounts of mathematics, will be able to:

Identify and define common terminology associated with Physics.

Apply the principles associated with constant acceleration to one and two-dimensional motion.

Identify or apply the appropriate Newton’s Law to a given situation.

Apply the conservation of mechanical energy to simple systems.

Describe the conservation of momentum as it applies to collisions and identify the primary difference between elastic and inelastic collisions.

Apply the concepts of physics to rotational motion.

Identify the primary properties of the states of matter, including how atoms are the building blocks of matter.

Describe basic thermodynamic principles and properties including temperature, heat transfer, phase changes, and the laws of thermodynamics

Describe and identify basic principles of electricity and magnetism.

Apply basic wave properties to light and sound.

Identify observed phenomena associated with the behavior of light as a wave and particle.

Identify basic atomic and nuclear processes and the applications of said processes.

Laboratory work will be chosen to reinforce the above lecture topics.


Conceptual Physics, 11th ed., Paul G. Hewitt, Addison Wesley

At least a four-function calculator

Course Requirements

  • Labs: Lab time will be used to collect data. Students should expect to complete calculations outside of class
  • Quizzes and Recitation Exercises:  Some class time will be spent working selected practice problems which may be collected and graded. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit. Correct answers with little, no, or incorrect justification will be given no credit.
  • Major exams: All exams will be closed-book and closed-note work out exams with some multiple choice possible. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit. Correct answers with little, no, or incorrect justification will be given no credit.
  • Homework: Selected problems may be assigned and graded. It is also expected that students will work a large number of additional problems to ensure mastery of the material.



Grades will be based on labs, quizzes and exams.

  • Exams:  There will be three exams and a comprehensive final.
  • Daily grades (Labs, Quizzes, Recitation Exercises and Homework): Students lowest daily quiz grade will be dropped.
  • Grading summary:  Exams 1-3 (45%), Final (20%), Daily grades (35%)


The grading system of Blinn College is as follows (from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL), issued 05/24/2004)

A = 90 – 100   Superior

B = 80 – 89   Above Average

C = 70 – 79   Average

D = 60 – 69   Passing

F =       < 60   Failing


Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks.

Civility Statement

Civility Statement. Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy.  The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services.  The last day to drop this semester with a Q is October 8, 2012.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook, a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities.  Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

Final Grade Appeals Policy.  If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices.  All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Missing any part of lecture or lab counts as one absence.  If a student misses both the lecture and lab periods for a given day, this counts as only one absence.

All Blinn students have been assigned a Blinn email address in the form [email protected] Your initial password is your student id number.  This e-mail account is accessed at .  It is the student’s responsibility to regularly check this e-mail account. Any e-mail communication sent by the instructor or the college to this account is assumed to be received and is an official method of communication.

Additional Items

Problem ResolutionIf you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].





Lecture Topic

1    Aug. 27

      Aug. 29

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Syllabus, Math, About science

Newton's first law

2    Sept. 3

      Sept. 5


Chapter 3


Linear motion

3    Sept. 10

      Sept. 12

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Newton's second law

Newton's third law, summary

4    Sept. 17

      Sept. 19

Chapter 6

Chapter 7



5    Sept. 24

      Sept. 26

Exam 1

Chapter 8

Chapters 1 – 7

Review Exam 1, Rotational motion

6    Oct. 1

      Oct. 3

Chapter 9

Chapter 10


Projectile and satellite motion

7    Oct. 10

      Oct. 12

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Atomic nature of matter


8    Oct. 17

      Oct. 19

Chapter 13

Chapter 14


Gases & plasmas

9    Oct. 22

      Oct. 24

Exam 2

Chapter 22

Chapters 8 – 14

Review exam 2, Electrostatics

10  Oct. 29

      Oct. 31

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Electric current


11  Nov. 7

      Nov. 9

Chapter 25

Chapters 26 & 27

Electromagnetic induction

Light & color

12  Nov. 12

      Nov. 14

      Nov. 16

Chapter 28

Chapters 29, 30 & 31

Last Day for “Q” Drop

Reflection & refraction

Light properties

13  Nov. 19

      Nov. 21

Exam 3


Chapters 22 – 31


14  Nov. 26

      Nov. 28

Chapters 15 & 16

Chapters 17 & 18

Review exam 3, Heat

Phase change & thermodynamics

15  Dec. 3

      Dec. 5

Chapters 19, 20 & 21

Chapters 32, 33 & 34

Waves & sound

Atomic & nuclear

16  Dec. 10

      Dec. 12

Chapters 35 & 36

Final Exam 3:15-5:15pm


Comprehensive in the Lab Room G231