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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

University Physics I PHYS-2425

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_306 CRN-10778

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/26/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture, TR

Lab, TR

Room G213

2:50 – 4:05 PM

Room G233

4:15 – 5:30 PM

Contact Information

Instructor:  Lianxi Ma        Email:

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 calculus-based course primarily designed for students majoring in engineering and physical sciences. Topics covered include classical mechanics and an introduction to thermodynamics.


Prerequisites: MATH 2413

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 1D and 2D kinematics.
  2. Apply Newton’s laws of motion to problems involving the one- and two-dimensional linear dynamics of particles.
  3. Utilize the definitions of work and potential energy, the work-energy theorem and the principle of conservation of energy in solving physics problems.
  4. Apply Newton’s laws to systems of particles and use the principle of conservation of linear momentum.
  5. For rotations of a rigid body about a fixed axis, use the equations of kinematics, calculate moments of inertia and apply energy considerations.
  6. Apply the equations of rotational dynamics, including the principle of conservation of angular momentum.
  7. Utilize principles such as Newton’s law of universal gravitation, conservation of energy or Kepler’s laws to solve problems in gravitation.
  8. Solve problems involving oscillations and waves.
  9. Solve problems involving temperature and heat, including temperature scales, specific heat and latent heat.
  10. Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics including examples with ideal gases.
  11. Conduct experiments in classical mechanics and thermodynamics and clearly communicate the results in laboratory reports.
  12. Evaluate the accuracy and precision of physical measurements, identify the potential sources of error and relate experimental results to theoretical principles.
  13. Design experiments involving the fundamental principles of classical mechanics and thermodynamics and document the rationale for this design.


Textbook: Young and Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition.  

  • Required Textbook:  Young and Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition.  The full two-semester e-book including Mastering Physics may be purchased for under $100 at the Mastering Physics link shown below.
  • 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.  Alternatively, the access key can be purchased online at   Be sure to select the textbook above (with proper edition) to pair with the Mastering Physics. The Mastering Physics Course ID for this section is:  BLINN2425306FALL13. (Blinn Zip Code 77805)
  • Required Laboratory Manual:  Each student must print out a copy of the labs for the semester.  It is in the form of a single .pdf file and can be found here.

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.


Exams (45%), Final (21%), Quizzes (10%), Labs (12%), Online homework (12%).

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

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

  • Grading summary:  Exams (45%), Final (21%), Quizzes (10%), Labs (12%), Online homework (12%).

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




Lecture Topic



8/27, T  

Intro & Ch. 1

Units, physical quantities, and vectors


8/29, R

Ch. 2

Motion along a straight line, Lab 0: Graphing basics


9/3, T

Ch. 2, Lab 1

Lab 1: Free fall; 9/2: Holiday


9/5, R

Ch. 3

2- D Kinematics.


9/10, T

Ch. 4, Lab 2

Newton’s laws. Lab 2: Force table


9/12, R

Ch. 5, Lab 3

Applying Newton’s laws. Lab 3: Atwood’s machine


9/17, T

Review for Exam 1.

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz


9/19, R

Exam 1

Ch. 1 – 5


9/24, T

Review of Exam 1, Ch. 6, Lab 4

Work and kinetic energy. Lab 4: Numerical method in 1-D dynamics


9/26, R

Ch. 6,



10/1, T

Ch. 7

Potential energy and conservation of energy


10/3, R

Ch. 8

Linear momentum, impulse, and collisions


10/8, T

Ch. 9, Lab 5

Rotation of rigid bodies, Lab 5: Linear momentum


10/10, R

Review for Exam 2

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz


10/15, T

Exam 2

Ch. 6 – 9


10/17, R

Review of exam 2, Ch. 10

Dynamics of rotational motion


10/22, T

Ch. 10, Lab 6

Lab 6: Conservation of angular momentum


10/24, R

Ch. 11



10/29, T

Ch. 13



10/31, R

Ch. 13, 14, Lab 7

Periodic motion, Lab 7: Kepler’s laws


11/5, T

Ch. 14



11/7, R

Review for Exam 3

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz


11/12, T

Exam 3

Ch. 10 – 14


11/14, R

Review of Exam 3, Ch. 15, 11/15, Last day to drop with Q. Lab 8

Mechanical waves, Lab 8: Simple pendulum


11/19, T

Ch. 16

Sound and hearing


11/21, R

Ch. 17

Temperature and Heat


11/26, T

Ch. 18

Thermal properties of matter


12/3, T

Ch. 19, 20

The first and second law of thermodynamics


12/5, R

Review for Final

Review examples, Q&A. Quiz.


12/10, T

Comprehensive final

12:45 – 2:45 PM, G213