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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics I PHYS-1401

  • Fall 2012
  • Section SECTION_306
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012
  • Modified 08/28/2012

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, Room G213


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, Room 233

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 course designed primarily for students preparing for careers in architecture, biology, medicine, pharmacy and other fields requiring two semesters of physics. Topics covered include fundamentals of classical mechanics, heat and sound.


A grade of “C” or better in MATH 1316 or MATH1325 or any sophomore (2000-level or higher) Math class.

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 will be able to:

  • Apply the equations of kinematics for objects moving with constant acceleration in one and two dimensions.
  • Use vectors in solving physics problems.
  • Apply Newton’s laws of motion to one- and two-dimensional linear dynamics problems.
  • Utilize the definition of work, the work-energy theorem and the principle of conservation of energy in solving physics problems.
  • Apply the principle of conservation of linear momentum.
  • Apply the equations of rotational kinematics for objects rotating with constant angular acceleration.
  • Apply the equations of rotational dynamics, including the principle of conservation of angular momentum.
  • Utilize principles such as Newton’s law of universal gravitation, conservation of energy or Kepler’s laws to solve problems in gravitation.
  • Describe selected properties of oscillations and waves.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of heat and temperature.  Use the concept of specific heat in solving problems involving calorimetry.
  • Apply the concept of latent heat to problems involving phase changes.  Describe various properties of ideal gases.
  • Recognize, explain and apply the laws of thermodynamics.



  • Required Textbook:  James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition (Vol. I)
  • Required Laboratory Manual:  Physics 1401 Laboratory Manual.  Available at the copy center on the first floor of the Bookstore Building on the Blinn campus.
  • A scientific calculator whose memories must be cleared before entering the room before every exam.  Violations will be considered as academic dishonesty.

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 workout 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 (25%), Daily grades (30%)


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. 28

     Sept. 30

Intro and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Measurements, units

Position, speed, velocity, acceleration

2   Sept. 4

     Sept. 6

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

1- D kinematics


3   Sept. 11

     Sept. 13

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

2- D motion with constant acceleration

Newton’s Laws

4   Sept. 18

     Sept. 20

Chapter 5

Exam 1

Newton’s Laws, Gravitational acceleration

Exam 1 on Chapters 1 - 5

5   Sept. 25

     Sept. 27

Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Friction, tension, spring force, centripetal acceleration

6   Oct. 2

     Oct. 4

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Work and kinetic energy

Potential energy & mechanical energy

7   Oct. 9

     Oct. 11

Chapter 9

Exam 2

Linear Momentum, Collisions

Exam 2 on  Chapters 6 - 9

8   Oct. 16

     Oct. 18

Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Rotational kinematics

Rotational kinematics

9   Oct. 23

     Oct. 25

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Torque, Angular momentum

Angular momentum

10 Oct. 30

     Nov. 1

Chapter 12

Chapter 13


Simple Harmonic Motion

11 Nov. 6

     Nov. 8

Chapter 14

Chapter 15



12 Nov. 13

     Nov. 15

     Nov. 16

Exam 3

Chapter 16

Last Day To Drop With a “Q”

Exam 3 on  Chapters 10 – 15

Temperature, heat and thermal expansion 

13 Nov. 20

     Nov. 22

Chapter 16


Temperature, heat and thermal expansion 


14 Nov. 27

     Nov. 29

Chapter 17

Chapter 17

Ideal gasses, kinetic theory, Calorimetry

Ideal gasses, kinetic theory, Calorimetry

15 Dec. 4

     Dec. 6

     Dec. 11

Chapter 18

Chapter 18

Final Exam 7:45-9:45 am

Laws of thermodynamics

Laws of thermodynamics

Comprehensive in the lab room G233