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Master Course Syllabus · Natural Sciences · Physics - PHYS

University Physics I

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/01/2019 to 08/31/2019
  • Modified 08/05/2019

Meeting Times

Contact Information


3 lecture hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit:  3 semester hours.

Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving.


Prerequisites:  MATH 2413.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


  1. Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
  2. Solve problems involving forces and work.
  3. Apply Newton's laws to physical problems.
  4. Identify the different types of energy.
  5. Solve problems using principles of conservation of energy.
  6. Define the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
  7. Use the principles of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
  8. Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
  9. Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
  10. Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
  11. Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
  12. Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.


  • Required Textbook: Young and Freedman, University Physics, 15th edition, Vol. 1.  The full two-semester e-book including Mastering Physics may be purchased for $110 through the Mastering Physics link in eCampus.
  • Required Homework System:  Students must purchase an access key to Mastering Physics, the textbook publisher’s online homework system.  This is bundled with the textbook at the Blinn bookstore.  Students should log in through eCampus and those who need to purchase a copy can do so through the eCampus link.
  • Scientific Calculator:  Students must have a proper scientific calculator with them for every class.
  • Interactive Lecture Notes:  Lecture notes will be provided in two formats.  For printing a standard .pdf format file will be posted.  An interactive version will also be available as a .cdf file format; to open these one must have a computer (Windows, OS X or Linux) with Wolfram CDF Player installed on it.  To download this free player go to: .  Students may bring notebook computers to class but must use them only for following these notes.
  • Other Web resources: problems with solutionslabs, the exam formula list and previous exams with answers.
  • Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro: Blinn now has an unlimited site license to Mathematica and to Wolfram Alpha Pro.  Students may download free copies of these programs for their personal computers. The download links can be found here: Mathematica/AlphaPro Download


Course Requirements

All sections of this course regardless of modality must include these requirements.

  1.  Three or more major exams covering the lecture material will be given.
  2. A comprehensive final exam will be given during the scheduled periods for final exams.


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1.  The final exam will represent at least 20% of the course grade.
  2. Homework, quizzes and/or additional projects may be assigned, as the instructor deems necessary. These assignments will be stated in the instructor’s course syllabus provided the first day of class.
  3. Class participation will count for a minimum of 10% of the course grade. This requirement may be satisfied by in-class quizzes or other appropriate assignments.

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

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