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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics I PHYS-1401

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-10762
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/26/2013

Meeting Times


Lecture, MW

Lab, MW

Room G213

10:35 -  11:50 AM

Room G233

12:00 – 1:15 PM

Contact Information

Instructor:  Lianxi Ma         Email:  [email protected]

Office:  G206                     Tel:  (979) 209-8594 (Office), 204-7370 (Cell)

Office Hours: MW: 9:45 – 10:30 AM; 1:40 - 2:25 PM; TR: 9:45 – 10:30 AM.(Or by appointment)


Course Web site:


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

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 minimum of eight laboratory reports will be completed per student.
  3. 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 a combination of lab grades and in-class quiz scores.

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

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

Tests                                              48% of total

Quizzes                                         14% of total

Lab                                               16% of total

Comprehensive Final                  22% of total

(One lowest quiz and lab grade will be dropped.  No make-up any of those for any reason.)



Lecture Topic


8/26, M.  

Intro & Ch. 1

Introduction to Physics

8/28, W. 

Ch. 2

1- D kinematics, Lab 1: Graphing basics

9/4, W.

Ch. 2, Lab 2 (9/2, holiday)

Lab 2: x – t graph

9/9, M.

Ch. 3, Lab 3

Vectors in physics. Lab 3: v – t graph

9/11,  W.

Ch. 4, Lab 4

2- D Kinematics, Lab 4: Gravitational acceleration

9/16, M.

Ch. 4 and 5


9/18, W.

Ch. 5,

Newton’s laws of motion.

9/23, M.

Review for Exam 1.

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz

9/ 25, W.

Exam 1

Ch. 1 – 5

9/30, M.

Review of Exam 1, Ch. 6,  Lab 5

Lab 5: Atwood’s machine

10/2, W.

Ch. 6, Lab 6

Application of Newton’s laws, Lab 6: Force table

10/7, M.

Ch. 7

Work and kinetic energy Rotational kinematics

10/9, W.

Ch. 8

Potential energy and conservation of energy

10/14, M.

Ch. 9, Lab 7

Linear momentum, Lab 7: Linear momentum

10/16, W.

Review for Exam 2

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz

10/21, M.

Exam 2

Ch. 6 – 9

10/23, W.

Review of the exam 2, Ch. 10

Rotational kinematics and energy

10/28, M.

Ch. 10


10/30, W.

Ch. 11

Rotational dynamics and static equilibrium

11/4, M.

Ch. 12, Lab 8

Gravity, Lab 8: Angular Momentum

11/6, W

Ch. 13

Oscillations about equilibrium

11/11, M.

Ch. 14

Waves and sound

11/13, W.

Review for Exam 3, last day to drop with Q on 11/15.

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz

11/18, M.

Exam 3

Ch. 11 – 14

11/20, W.

Review of Exam 3, Ch. 15


11/25, M.

Ch. 15, 16, 11/27 – 29, Thanksgiving.

Temperature and heat

12/2, M.

Ch. 16, 17

Phases and phase changes

12/4, W.

Ch. 17, 18

Laws of thermodynamics

12/9, M.

Review for Final

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz.

12/11, W.

Comprehensive final

Ch. 1 – 18, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, G233