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RELLIS · Natural Sciences · Physics - PHYS

University Physics Lab I

  • Fall 2019
  • Section 105 CRN-15267
  • 1 Credits
  • 08/26/2019 to 12/12/2019
  • Modified 08/26/2019

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM, SCHW 270

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Terrence Honan

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM, SCHW 430H
  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, SCHW 430H
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, SCHW 430H


3 laboratory hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit 1 semester hour.

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.


Corequisite:  PHYS 2325 University Physics I.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


  1. Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner. 
  2. Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
  3. Relate physical observations and measurements involving classical mechanics to theoretical principles.
  4. Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
  5. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of classical mechanics.
  6. Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.


  • Required Lab Manual: Physics 2125 Lab Manual (pdf)
  • Scientific Calculator: Students must have a proper scientific calculator with them for every class.
  • 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

Grades will be based on laboratory reports, in-class quizzes and a comprehensive final.

  • Laboratory Reports: 60% of the final grade is from lab reports. Lab reports will graded out of 30 points. After two grades are dropped for the semester, the total will be rescaled to 100 points. There will be no make-up labs for any reason; any missed lab will count as one of the drops. A student must attend the lab to get credit for that lab. Lab reports will be due the class following the completion of that lab. 
  • Quizzes: There will be unannounced quizzes periodically. They will count 30 points each. 20% (rounding up) of the quizzes will be dropped. After the drops, the quiz grade will be rescaled to 100 points. There will be no make-up quizzes for any reason; any missed quiz will count as one of the drops.
  • Final: There is a comprehensive final at the end of the semester. The time is listed in the schedule below. 



Criteria for Grading




Lab reports




Final Exam


The grading system of Blinn College is as follows*:


90 - 100



80 - 89

Above Average


70 - 79



60 - 69



< 60


*from Board Policy Manual EGA(LOCAL)

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.

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder: Attendance will be taken each class. Not being in class when attendance is taken constitutes an absence. For classes that meet three times a week during the semester, three absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (six unexcused absences) will be dropped. 

Conflict Resolution: To resolve any conflict students must follow a chain of command.  First you should deal directly with your professor, then the Department Head (Ms. Rachel Sanchez [email protected]), then the Assistant Dean (Dr. Beverly Clements [email protected]) and finally the Dean (Dr. Elmer Godeny [email protected])

Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms.

Laboratory Safety: Because this class meets in a laboratory room, all Physics laboratory safety rules must apply. It is the policy of the Natural and Physical Sciences Division that students must wear proper attire whenever in the laboratory.  This excludes open-toed shoes (or one-toed shoes with socks.)  Failure to do so will result in students being sent home from the laboratory with a zero on the resulting assignment. The Food and Drink prohibition will be enforced strictly. Any drink container even empty ones, cannot be visible; hide it in a bag.

Electronic Devices:  It is never acceptable to leave a class to answer a cell phone.  Texting during class is totally unacceptable.  Any use of a cell phone or other wireless device during an exam will be considered a major incident of scholastic dishonesty.


Course Content and Approximate Schedule

Week Day/date Content Weekly Contact Hours*
1 Mon. 8/26  Intro, Safety


Wed. 8/28  Error and Data Analysis - I and/or Quiz
Fri. 8/30  Error and Data Analysis - I and/or Quiz
2 Mon. 9/2  Labor Day Holiday 3
Wed. 9/4  Error and Data Analysis - II and/or Quiz
Fri. 9/6  Error and Data Analysis - II and/or Quiz
3 Mon. 9/9  Free Fall and/or Quiz 3
Wed 9/11  Free Fall and/or Quiz
Fri. 9/13  Free Fall and/or Quiz
4 Mon. 9/16  Force Table and/or Quiz 3
Wed 9/18  Force Table and/or Quiz
Fri. 9/20  Force Table and/or Quiz
5 Mon. 9/23  Atwood's Machine and/or Quiz 3
Wed 9/25  Atwood's Machine and/or Quiz
Fri. 9/27  Atwood's Machine and/or Quiz
6 Mon. 9/30  Numerical and Symbolic Methods in 1-D Dynamics and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 10/2 Numerical and Symbolic Methods in 1-D Dynamics and/or Quiz
Fri. 10/4 Numerical and Symbolic Methods in 1-D Dynamics and/or Quiz
7 Mon. 10/7  Systems and Friction and/or Quiz 3
Wed 10/9  Systems and Friction and/or Quiz
Fri. 10/11  Systems and Friction and/or Quiz
8 Mon. 10/14  Energy and Slopes and/or Quiz 3
Wed 10/16  Energy and Slopes and/or Quiz
Fri. 10/18  Energy and Slopes and/or Quiz
9 Mon. 10/21  Conservation of Linear Momentum and/or Quiz 3
Wed 10/23  Conservation of Linear Momentum and/or Quiz
Fri. 10/125  Conservation of Linear Momentum and/or Quiz
10 Mon. 10/28  Conservation of Angular Momentum and/or Quiz 3
Wed 10/30  Conservation of Angular Momentum and/or Quiz
Fri. 11/1  Conservation of Angular Momentum and/or Quiz
11 Mon. 11/4  Orbits and Kepler's Laws and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 11/6  Orbits and Kepler's Laws and/or Quiz
Fri. 11/8  Orbits and Kepler's Laws and/or Quiz
12 Mon. 11/11  Period of a Simple Pendulum and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 11/13  Period of a Simple Pendulum and/or Quiz
Fri. 11/15  Period of a Simple Pendulum and/or Quiz
13 Mon. 11/18  Boyle's Law and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 11/20  Boyle's Law and/or Quiz
Fri. 11/22  Boyle's Law and/or Quiz
14 Mon. 11/25  Boyle's Law and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 11/27  Thanksgiving Holiday
Fri. 11/29  Thanksgiving Holiday
  Tues. 11/26  Last Day to Drop with a Q  
15 Mon. 12/2  Review and/or Quiz 3
Wed. 12/4  Review and/or Quiz
Fri. 12/6  Review and/or Quiz
  Mon. 12/9  Final 10:15-12:30 SCHW 270 3
    Total  48

*Note: In the Carnegie Hours system, 50 minutes = 1 contact hour.