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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

College Physics I PHYS-1401

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-10766
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/28/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, G213


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, G233

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Parveen Zubairy

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:20 PM to 1:50 PM, G234


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. Apply the equations of kinematics for objects moving with constant acceleration in one and two dimensions.

2. Use vectors in solving physics problems.

3. Apply Newton's laws of motion to one- and two-dimensional linear dynamics problems.

4. Utilize the definition of work, the work-energy theorem and the principle of conservation of energy in solving physics problems.

5. Apply the principle of conservation of linear momentum.

6. Apply the equations of rotational kinematics for objects rotating with constant angular acceleration.

7. Apply the equations of rotational dynamics, including the principle of conservation of angular momentum.

8. Utilize principles such as Newton's law of universal gravitation, conservation of energy or Kepler's laws to solve problems in gravitation.

9. Describe selected properties of oscillations and waves.

10. Distinguish between the concepts of heat and temperature. Use the concept of specific heat in solving problems in calorimetry.

11. Apply the concept of latent heat to problems involving phase changes. Describe various properties of ideal gases.

12. Recognize, explain and apply the laws of thermodynamics.


Physics 4th editon (volume 1)

  • Author: James Walker
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: 4th
  • ISBN: 978-0-321-6113-Q


If you are planning on taking both PHYS 1401 and PHYS1402 a hardback version containing both volumes is available. This text is also available in an electronic version.

Lab Manual

Each student purchase a copy of the lab manual from the copycenter on the first floor of the bookstore building.

Scientific Calculator

Students must have a proper scientific calculator with them for every class.


Calculator memories must be cleared before entering the room before every exam.  Violations of this policy will be considered as a matter of academic dishonesty.

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.


There will be four exams and a comprehensive final.  All exams will be closed book and closed-note. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit. There will be four exams and a comprehensive final. Exams 1-4 will be partially multiple choices and partially work out problems. The lowest semester exam grade will be dropped. The final will be entirely multiple choices.

No make-up exams will be given. A formula list will be provided for each exam.


There will be unannounced quizzes. Quizzes will typically be closed book/open notes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped .

There will be no make-up quiz.


There will be eight unannounced labs. Lab time will be used to collect data. Students should expect to complete calculations outside of class.

There will be no make-up lab. Labs turned in late will not be graded.


Selected problems may be assigned. It is also expected that students will work a large number of additional problems to ensure mastery of the material


Grading summary:  Exams 1-4 (50%), Final (20%), Labs (15%), Quizzes (15%)


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

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


Missing any part of lecture or lab counts as one absence. If a student misses both the lecture and lab periods for a given day, this counts as only one absence.

E-mail Communication

  •  All Blinn students have been assigned a Blinn email address. For information on how to set up your account please see
  • 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.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

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, [email protected].



Lecture Topic


1    Aug. 27

      Aug. 29

Intro and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Measurements, units.

Position, speed, velocity, acceleration

2    Sept. 3

      Sept. 5

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

1-D linear kinematics


3    Sept. 10

      Sept. 12

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

2-D motion with constant acceleration.

Projectile Motion.

4    Sept. 17

      Sept. 19

 Exam 1

Chapter 5

 (Chapters 1-4)

Newton’s Laws of Motion.

5    Sept. 24

      Sept. 26

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 ends, Chapter 7

Applications of Newton’s Laws of

Motion, Centripetal acceleration. Work and KE.

6    Oct. 1 

      Oct. 3

Chapter 8 

Chapter 8, Review Chapters 5-8

Work done by forces


7    Oct. 8

      Oct. 10

Exam 2

Chapter 9

(Chapters 5-8)

Linear momentum, inelastic collision.

8    Oct. 15

      Oct. 17

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Elastic collisions. Center of mass

Rotational kinematics.

9    Oct. 22

      Oct. 24

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Torque and its applications

Angular Momentum and its conservation.

10  Oct. 29

      Oct. 31

Chapter 12, 

Exam 3


(Chapters 9-12)

11  Nov. 5

      Nov. 7

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Temperature, heat and thermal expansion

Ideal gasses, kinetic theory, stress and strain

12  Nov. 12

      Nov. 14

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Phase changes and calorimetry

Laws of thermodynamics

13  Nov. 19

      Nov. 21

Exam 4

Chapter 13

(Chapters 16-18)

Simple harmonic motion. 

14  Nov. 26

      Nov. 28

Chapter 14




15  Dec. 3

      Dec. 5

      Dec. 10

Chapter 14

Chapter 1- 18

Post Test and Comprehensive final

 10:15 am-12:15am, G233

Sound, Doppler effect, superposition of waves



Note: Scheduled for TR 12:00 noon slot.