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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Physics - PHYS

University Physics I PHYS-2425

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_307 CRN-10779
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/27/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, G214

Lab: Tuesday, Thursday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, G231

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Victor Iacob

Email: [email protected]

Office: G234

Office Hours: 30 min after class and/or by appointment

Tel: (979) 209-8827

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.


  • Required Textbook: Young and Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition. The full two-semester e-book including Mastering Physics may be purchased for $110 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: BLINN2425307FA13 .
  • 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.
  • Scientific Calculator: Students must have a proper scientific calculator with them for every class.
  • Interactive Lecture Notes: Lecture notes (Dr. T. Honan) will be      provided in two formats. For printing a standard .pdf format file will be posted. An interactive version will also be available as an .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 solutions, labs, the exam formula list and previous exams with answers (Dr. T. Honan).

Course Requirements

  • Labs: Labs will be held without being previously scheduled. There will be 8 labs; the lowest lab grade will be dropped. There will be no make-up labs. Only students who attend laboratory may get credit for the lab. At the end of each lab, sign the presence sheet and enter the group number. Failure to do so will result in your receiving a zero for the corresponding lab. Lab time will be used to collect data. Students should expect to complete calculations outside of class. Each lab group has to enter the collected data in an Excel sheet: open the corresponding Excel template in the subfolder “Student_Data” of the “Physics” folder located on each desktop computer. Save the Excel sheet (without modifying its format) in the subfolder “Iacob\”
  • Quizzes: Quizzes will typically be open book/open note. At least one quiz will be dropped (the one that gives the student the maximum benefit). There will be no make-up quizzes.
  • Major exams: The three major exams and final will be closed book/closed note tests. A formula list will be provided; the exam formula list can be found at the web site. There will be a curve given for each major exam and the final. The curve will be based on the performance of the class relative to the expectations of the instructor. The curve will be a simple function that converts the raw grade to the standard scale. Only non-programmable (non-graphing) calculators are allowed for exams. Examples of acceptable calculators include the TI-30, TI-34, TI-36 and the Casio FX-250, FX-260 and FX-300. Violations of this policy will be considered as a matter of academic dishonesty.
  • Online Homework: We will use the textbook publisher’s online homework system. Each assignment will have a due date. The final point total for the semester will be rescaled to 100 points using a curve similar to that for the major exams.
  • Credit for Work: On the major exams, final and all quizzes, all work must be shown and clearly documented for any show-your-work problem. The starting point in problem solving must be some expression on the official exam formula list for the class. Memorized intermediate expressions will receive no credit unless their derivation is included. Correct answers with little, no, or incorrect justification will be given no credit. All work must be presented in clear logical order to receive partial or full credit.


Criteria for Grading: Grades will be based on labs, quizzes, homework and exams:




Three Major Exams

14% ×3

10% ×3







Online Homework



Final Exam



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

Attendance Policy. Missing lecture or lab or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week in the Fall and Spring semesters, two absences counts as a week and four is the threshold for being dropped.

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.

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]

Eating and Drinking.Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course Content and Approximate Schedule

Chapter from Lecture Notes

Textbook Chapter

Chapter A - Units and Dimensions


Chapter B - One Dimensional Kinematics


Chapter C - Vectors and Two Dimensional Kinematics

1.7-1.9, 3 excluding 3.4

Chapter D - Newton’s Laws and Applications

4, 5.1-5.3

Chapter E - Circular Motion and More Applications

3.4, 5.4, 5.5

Chapter F - Work and Energy

1.10 (Scal. Prod.), 6, 7

Chapter G - Momentum and Systems of Particles


Chapter H - Rotational Kinematics and Energy


Chapter I - Rotational Dynamics and Equilibrium

1.10 (Vec. Prod.), 10, 11.1-11.3

Chapter J - Universal Gravitation


Chapter K - Oscillatory Motion


Chapter L - Waves


Chapter M - Temperature and Heat


Chapter N - Ideal Gases and the First Law of Thermo

18.1, 18.2, 19.1-19.5

Chapter O - Entropy and the Second Law of Thermo.



Day / Date

Material Covered


T, Aug 27

Review Syllabus, Chapter A


R, Aug 29

Chapter B through Calculus Review, Group Quiz 1


T, Sep 3

Finish Chapter B, Experiment: Free Fall


R, Sep 5

Chapter C through Vectors, Group Quiz 2


T, Sep 10

Continue Chapter C, Experiment: Force Table


R, Sep 12

Finish Chapter C, Start Chapter D, Group Quiz 3


T, Sep 17

Continue Chapter D, Group Quiz 4


R, Sep 19

Finish Chapter D, Review Chapters A through D


T, Sep 24

Test 1 –   Chapters A through D, Experiment: Atwood’s Machine


R, Sep 26

Start Chapter E, Return Test 1


T, Oct 1

Finish Chapter E, Start Chapter F, Group Quiz 5


R, Oct 3

Continue Chapter F, Experiment: One Dimensional Dynamics


T, Oct 8

Continue Chapter F, Group Quiz 6


R, Oct 10

Finish Chapter F, Start Chapter G, Group Quiz 7


T, Oct 15

Finish Chapter G, Group Quiz 8


R, Oct 17

Start Chapter H, Review Chapters E through G


T, Oct 22

Test 2 –   Chapters E through G, Experiment: Cons. of Linear Mom.


R, Oct 24

Finish Chapter H, Group Quiz 9, Return Test 2


T, Oct 29

Start Chapter I, Experiment: Conservation of Angular   Momentum


R, Oct 31

Finish Chapter I, Group Quiz 10


T, Nov 5

Start Chapter J


R, Nov 7

Finish Chapter J, Group Quiz 11, Start Chapter K


T, Nov 12

Finish Chapter K, Review Chapters H through K


R, Nov 14

Test 3 –   Chapters H through K, Experiment: Kepler’s Laws


F, Nov 15

Last day to drop   with a Q


T, Nov 19

Chapter L, Return Test 3


R, Nov 21

Start Chapter M, Experiment: Simple Pend.


T, Nov 26

Finish Chapter M, Start Chapter N


T, Dec 3

Finish Chapter N, Group Quiz 12


R, Dec 5

Finish Material, Review


T, Dec 10

Cumulative Final   – G231, 5:30-7:30 PM