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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics I PHYS-1401

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-20866

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/07/2014

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, G-214


Monday, Wednesday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, G-231

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Albert Tijerina

Office: G-234
Phone: 979-596-0354 (text or voicemail)***Use this one first.
Phone: 979-209-8842 (Voicemail)

Office Hours:      MW 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm       (Other times by appointment)


A course primarily designed 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.


Prerequisites: (i) MATH 1314 and MATH 1316, (ii) MATH 2312 or (iii) MATH 2412

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. Solve problems in one- and two-dimensional kinematics.
  2. Apply Newton's laws of motion to one- and two-dimensional linear dynamics problems.
  3. Utilize the definition of work, the work-energy theorem and the principle of conservation of energy in solving physics problems.
  4. Apply the principle of conservation of linear momentum.
  5. Solve problems in rotational kinematics and dynamics, including the principles of conservation of energy and conservation of angular momentum.
  6. Utilize principles such as Newton's law of universal gravitation, conservation of energy or Kepler's laws to solve problems in gravitation.
  7. Describe selected properties of oscillations and waves.
  8. Solve basic fluid statics problems.
  9. Distinguish between the concepts of heat and temperature.  Use the concepts of specific heat and latent heat in solving problems in calorimetry.
  10. Recognize, explain and apply the laws of thermodynamics, including applications involving ideal gases.
  11. Demonstrate techniques to set up and perform experiments and collect data; in a laboratory report, analyze the data, communicate results and draw conclusions



Textbook: James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition (Vol. I).  

Laboratory Manual: Physics 1401 Laboratory Manual: Copy Stop Print & Postal


Textbook: James S. Walker, Physics, 4th edition.  

Laboratory Manual: Physics 1401 Laboratory Manual:Wilson/Hernandez, Physics Laboratory Experiments, 6th edition

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 shal 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 four exams and a comprehensive final. The final exam may replace the lowest semester test grade if the final exam grade is higher.
  • Daily grades (Labs, Quizzes, Recitation Exercises and Homework).
  • Grading summary:  Daily grades (30%), Exams 1-4 (50%), Final (20%)


The grading system of Blinn College is as follows*:

A = 90   – 100    Superior

B = 80   – 89    Above Average

C = 70   – 79    Average

D = 60   – 69    Passing

F =          < 60    Failing

*from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL), issued 05/24/2004

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. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

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

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 with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

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. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

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

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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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

  • eCampus: This class will extensively use eCampus ( ).  Please make sure that you can log into eCampus.  Please note that some browsers are not compatible with eCampus.  You will find pdf's of the lecture notes, homework problems, and the submission blanks for submitting your homework, among other items, on eCamus.


  • Dropping:If a student chooses to drop the course, it is that student’s responsibility to complete a drop order at the Office of Enrollment Services.  Failure to do so could result in a grade of F in the course.


  • Scholastic Dishonesty: Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or other acts of dishonesty.  Definitions of these acts and procedures for dealing with them are described in “Scholastic Dishonesty” in the Blinn College Student Handbook, copies of which are available at the information desk in the Administration Building. 


  • 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 Blinn College classrooms and associated laboratories. Any non-compliance with this policy will be addressed in accordance with the Blinn College civility policy (Administrative Policy). Students exempted from this policy section include, active members of firefighting organizations, emergency medical services organizations, commissioned police officers, on-call employees of any political subdivision of the state of Texas, or agencies of the federal government. Exempted students are expected to set the emergency-use devices on silent or vibrate mode only.


  • Problem Resolution:  If 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,


  • Eating and Drinking:Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


  • Blinn College Student Handbook: The above requirements and policies are discussed more fully in the Blinn College Student Handbook which is available online at Please read a copy of the student handbook.


            Your initial password is your student id number.

This e-mail account is accessed at or through eCampus.

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.


  • Make-up work: Students will not be permitted to make up any work including tests except in extremely rare circumstances.  Before any make-ups are permitted, students must provide the instructor with appropriate documentation for an excused absence.  Permission to make up work will be granted solely at the discretion of the instructor.


Course Content Schedule (Dates are tentative and subject to change.)






M 13th 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Physics & Chapter 2: One-Dimensional Kinematics


W 15th

Chapter 2: Continued & Chapter 3: Vectors in Physics / Lab 1


M 20th    



W 22nd

Chapter 3: Vectors in Physics / Lab 2


M 27th

Chapter 3: Continued & Chapter 4: Two-Dimensional Kinematics  / Lab 3


W 29th

Chapter 4: Continued


M 3rd

Exam 1: Chapters 1-4


W 5th

Chapter 5: Newton’s Laws of Motion


M 10th

Chapter 5: Continued & Chapter 6: Applications of Newton’s Laws / Lab 4


W 12th

Chapter 6: Continued & Chapter 7: Work and Kinetic Energy / Lab 5


M 17th

Chapter 7: Cont. & Chapter 8: Pot. Energy and Cons. of Energy / Lab 6


W 19th

Chapter 8: Continued


M 24th

Exam 2: Chapters 5-8


W 26th

Chapter 9: Linear Motion and Collisions


M 3rd

Chapter 9: Continued & Chapter 10: Rotational Kinematics and Energy


W 5th

Chapter 10: Continued & Chapter 11: Rotational Dynamics  and Static Equilibrium


M 10th



W 12th



M 17th

Chapter 11: Continued / Lab 7


W 19st

Chapter 12: Gravity / Lab 8


M 24th

Exam 3: Chapters 9-12


W 26th

Chapter 13: Oscillations About Equilibrium


M 31st

Chapter 13: Oscillations About Equilibrium


W 2nd

Chapter 14: Waves and Sound


M 7th

Chapter 14: Waves and Sound  & Chapter 15: Fluids


W 9th

Chapter 15: Fluids


F 11th



M 14th

Exam 4: Chapters 13-15   


W 16th

Chapter 16: Temperature and Heat


M 21st

Chapter 16: Continued & Chapter 17: Phases and Phase Changes


W 23rd

Chapter 17: Continued  


M 28th

Chapter 18: The Laws of Thermodynamics


W 30th

Chapter 18: Continued  

Friday May 2, 2014 5:30-7:30   COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM



Laboratory Schedule.  Note: Days that do not have a lab assigned will still meet for lecture/quizzes





W 15th

Lab   1: Graphical Analysis of Data


W 22nd

Lab   2: Understanding Motion I: Distance and Time


M 27th

Lab   3: Understanding Motion II: Velocity and Time


M 10th

Lab   4: Free-Fall


W 12th

Lab   5: Atwood’s Machine


M 17th

Lab   6: Force Table


M 17th

Lab   7: Conservation of Linear Momentum


W 19th

Lab   8: Conservation of Angular Momentum





Exam I
5:40 PM - 7:40 PM

Chapters 1-4

We may meet for lecture after the exam.

Exam II
5:40 PM - 7:40 PM

Chapters 5-8

We may meet for lecture after the exam.

Exam III
5:40 PM - 7:40 PM

Chapters 9-12

We may meet for lecture after the exam.

Exam IV
5:40 PM - 7:40 PM

Chapters 13-15

We may meet for lecture after the exam.

5:40 PM - 7:40 PM

Comprehensive - ALL CHAPTERS