Introductory Physics I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHYS-1305-001 Introductory Physics I


Course Description

Introduction to physics for students who have limited backgrounds in science and mathematics. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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On Campus Course

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Conceptual Physics Fundamentals by Paul G. Hewitt (blue wave on the front cover).  Be careful if buying online, Hewitt wrote two other textbooks with similar names.


  • Scientific calculator (needs to have trigonometric functions and scientific notation) that is NOT your phone.  Dollar Tree usually carries some acceptable ones.
  • Small notebook for notes (spiral, binder, or folder with pockets)
  • pencils and good eraser; pens OK but not a great idea on quizzes or exams.
  • Students must establish an account with Conceptual Academy as a part of the requirements for this course. 

Student Performance

This course is an introduction to physics for non-science majors who have limited backgrounds in science and mathematics. Topics covered in this course will include motion, forces, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, sound, light and nuclear theory. Conceptual knowledge will be stressed along with mathematical problem-solving.

Students will understand basic principles of physics such as:

  1. the differences between constant velocity and uniform acceleration in one dimension.
  2. the net force concept and how motion is determined by net force.
  3. Newton's laws of motion.
  4. the difference between mass and weight.
  5. the force and motion concepts applied to projectile motion.
  6. the conservation of energy.
  7. the difference between heat and temperature.
  8. the laws of thermodynamics.
  9. the basic concepts of mechanical wave motion and sound.
  10. the basic concepts of light and radiation.

Students will relate the basic principles of physics to real-life situations such as:

  1. Races (both human, animal, and vehicular)
  2. Safety features in vehicles
  3. Thrill rides
  4. Sports
  5. Energy usage in buildings
  6. Air conditioning and heating
  7. Sonar use by humans and animals
  8. Radar use by humans
  9. Lag time between seeing lightning and hearing thunder
  10. Use of corrective lenses for vision
  11. The penetration of and danger due to various kinds of radiation

Students will use basic algebra and geometry in solving problems including calculations of:

  1. position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration.
  2. mass, weight, and net force.
  3. individual forces on an object (when the net force is known).
  4. energy transfers (work and heat) into and out of systems.
  5. frequency, period, speed, and wavelength of mechanical waves.
  6. reflection of light from mirrors

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Expected Student Behavior


  1. Be prepared by
    • studying assigned textbook pages prior to class.
    • reviewing material learned in class within 24 hours.
    • attempting the assigned homework before the key is posted.
  2. Be responsible by
    • attending class (100% attendance is expected).
    • completing assigned work.
    • studying for tests.
  3. Be an active learner by
    • participating in class discussions.
    • working with your classmates to figure out solutions.            
    • having a “can-do” attitude and attempting all work.
  4. Be polite by
    • being on time for class.
    • turning cell phones and electronic gadgets to “silent” when in class.
    • only using electronic devices during class when allowed.
    • being respectful toward others


  1. Calculators may be used during tests but cell phones and other electronic gadgets may not.
  2. Any video, images, or audio recordings may be made during class are only for personal use, or the use of students in the class (i.e. helping out a friend who’s absent).  They are not to be placed online for consumption by anyone not taking the course.
  3. To be successful in this course requires you to participate in learning during class. Please refrain from using electronic devices (laptops, netbooks, ipads, smartphones, etc) during class unless it is part of a learning activity. If something urgent requires your attention please go to the hallway so you don’t disrupt others.
  4. Cheating is absolutely NOT allowed. Refer to the AC Student Code of Conduct for further information.
  5. Students will establish an account on Conceptual Academy as a part of the requirements for this course.

Grading Criteria

Major Tests                        30%    (drop lowest grade)

Conceptual Academy        15%

  Assignments                    15%   

Final Exam                         30% 

Attendance                         10%


A = 89.5-100

B = 79.5-89.49

C = 69.5-79.49

D = 59.5-69.49

F = 0-59.49


Good attendance is an indicator of success in this class. Students should make every effort to be in class every time it meets.





WEEKS    2-4

WEEKS    5-7

WEEKS    8-9

WEEKS  10-11

WEEKS  12-14

WEEK      15

WEEK    16

Ch. 1 Introduction to Physics

Ch. 3-4 Equilibrium and Linear Motion                                            TEST 1

Ch. 5-6 Momentum, Energy, Gravitation                                         TEST 2

Ch. 7-9 Fluids, Heat, Temperature, Thermodynamics                    TEST 3

Ch. 10-11 Electricity and Magnetism                                               TEST 4

Ch. 12-14 Waves. Sound Light                                                       TEST 5

Ch. 2, 15, 16 (parts only) Atoms, Quantum Theory, Radioactivity     Review 

FINAL EXAM                                         



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Syllabus Created on:

08/23/21 12:38 PM

Last Edited on:

08/23/21 12:38 PM