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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics I PHYS-1401

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_304 CRN-21021

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 03/25/2014

Meeting Times


Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, Bookstore G214


Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, Bookstore G231

Office Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM, Bookstore G234

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Michael VanDyke

Office: Bookstore G234
Phone: 979-209-7451


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

Course Requirements

Major Exams

There will be three midterm exams and a comprehensive final. There are no make-up exams without an excused University absence. All exams will be closed-book and closed-note exams typically comprising a mix of work-out problems, multiple choice, short answer, and true/false. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit. Correct answers with little, incorrect, or no justification will be given no credit.


There will be a series of homework assignments consisting of problems from the textbook. There will be a quiz for each homework assignment (see calendar) that consists of one problem chosen at random from the assignment.

Laboratory Experiments

There are a total of eight laboratory experiments. The laboratory time will be used to collect data and complete the lab write-up. Students may also complete the written portion outside of class, but the completed labs are due at the beginning of class following the day the lab was assigned.

You must be present on the day the lab is assigned in order to get credit for it. There is no scheduled time for make-up labs.

Problem Sessions

These are group assignments consisting of additional problems from the textbook. They are due the day they are assigned, unless otherwise specified.


Homework Quizzes: 25%
Laboratory Experiments: 10%
Problem Sessions: 15%
Midterm Examinations: 30%
Final Examination: 20%

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


Missing any part of lecture or lab counts as one absence. Missing both the lecture and lab periods for a given day counts as only one absence. A total of three absences will result in being dropped from the course.

Problem Resolution

If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try to 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,


Date Lecture Laboratory
Jan 14 Introduction, Chapter 1 Experiment #1
Jan 16 Chapter 1 Problem Session #1
Jan 21 HW Quiz #1, Chapter 2 Problem Session #2
Jan 23 Chapter 3 Experiment #2
Jan 28 HW Quiz #2, Chapter 4 Problem Session #3
Jan 30 Chapter 4 Experiment #3
Feb 4 Chapter 5 Experiment #4
Feb 6 HW Quiz #3, Chapter 5 Problem Session #4
Feb 11 HW Quiz #4, Exam #1 Review Exam #1
Feb 13 Chapter 6 Problem Session #5
Feb 18 HW Quiz #5, Chapter 6 Problem Session #6
Feb 20 Chapter 7 Experiment #5
Feb 25 HW Quiz #6, Chapter 7 Problem Session #7
Feb 27 Chapter 8 Experiment #6
Mar 4 HW Quiz #7, Chapter 9 Problem Session #8
Mar 6 Chapter 9 Problem Session #9
Mar 10-14 SPRING BREAK  
Mar 18 HW Quiz #8, Exam #2 Review Exam #2
Mar 20 Chapter 10 Problem Session #10
Mar 25 HW Quiz #9, Chapter 11 Experiment #7
Mar 27 Chapter 11 Problem Session #11
Apr 1 HW Quiz #10, Chapter 12 Problem Session #12
Apr 3 Chapter 13 Experiment #8
Apr 8 HW Quiz #11, Chapter 14 Problem Session #13
Apr 10 Chapter 14 Problem Session #14
Apr 15 HW Quiz #12, Exam #3 Review Exam #3
Apr 17 Chapter 16 Problem Session #15
Apr 22 HW Quiz #13, Chapter 17 Problem Session #16
Apr 24 Chapter 17 Problem Session #17
Apr 29 HW Quiz #14, Chapter 18 Problem Session #18
May 6 FINAL EXAM 10:15AM - 12:15PM