College Physics I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHYS-1401-DC001 College Physics I


Prerequisite: Math 1316

Course Description

Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton's Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; with emphasis on problem solving. Laboratory activities will reinforce lecture content.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


  • College Physics, 1st Ed, by Etkina, Gentile, and Van Heuvelen
    • eText and MasteringPhysics access provided by Amarillo ISD
    • paper copy of textbook available on request
  • College Physics: Algebra & Trig, 3rd Ed, by Hecht
    • ​available in the classroom


The following supplies should be brought to class every day:

  • bound composition notebook with “quadrille” (grid) paper in it (NO SPIRALS!!)
    • one for labs, one for notes
  • flash drive to save lab reports and projects on
  • pencils
  • scientific calculator (a graphing calculator is recommended)
  • an AP Physics 1 review book of any type IF you plan to take the AP exam

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic physical units and their relationships.
  2. Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, acceleration, and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration).
  3. Apply Newton’s laws to physical problems including gravity.
  4. Solve problems using principles of energy.
  5. Use principals of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
  6. Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
  7. Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
  8. Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
  9. Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.
  10. Solve problems using the principles of heat and thermodynamics.
  11. Solve basic fluid mechanics problems.

Lab Component:

  1. Develop techniques to set and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment.
  2. Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method.
  3. Communicate effectively the results of investigations.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic physical units and their relationships.
  5. Same as 2-11 above.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to be respectful to everyone in the classroom and exhibit responsibility with behavior as well as assignments.  Students are expected to work hard to understand the physics they are learning and attend tutorials if needed.  Students are expected to be on time to class and have their materials every day. Electronic devices may only be used during class with permission from the instructor.

Grading Criteria

This one-semester college course will be taught over an entire high school year. At the high school there are two semesters so the final course grade will be an average of 6 6-Weeks Grades (75%) and 2 Semester Exams (25%).

Six Weeks Grades – 75% of final grade

Semester Exams – 25% of final grade

  • fall semester exam in December
  • spring semester exam in May

Additional Information

  • ALL students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive final exam at the end of each semester. Test questions will be similar to those on the AP Physics 1 Exam.
  • Work missed due to an absence is to be made up in a timely manner.  You are allowed one day per day of school missed for a non-school-related absence.  If you miss class due to a school activity the work will be turned in before the absence or the day immediately following the absence.  Please contact your instructor as soon as possible.


  • A – 89.5-100%
  • B – 79.5-89.49%
  • C – 69.5-79.49%
  • D – 59.5-69.49%
  • F – 0-59.49%


Since this is a dual-credit course at a high school, attendance is required per the Texas Education Code.

Work missed due to an absence is to be made up in a timely manner.  You are allowed one day per day of school missed for a non-school-related absence.  If you miss class due to a school activity the work will be turned in before the absence or the day immediately following the absence.  Please contact your instructor as soon as possible if you have questions or need an extension.


The class calendar and other course information is housed on the course Google Classroom (through AISD) since all of the dual-credit students are also high school students and use Google Classroom.

Students should keep up with homework assignments on the MasteringPhysics class calendar.

Tests will be administered the 3rd and 6th week of each grading period following Amarillo High School's testing schedule and as required by AHS administration.

This class will follow AISD’s Year-at-a-Glance teaching sequence for AP Physics 1.


Six Weeks



Kinematics and Representations of Motion

  • Motion Graphs
  • Written Descriptions
  • Motion Maps/Diagrams
  • Using Equations
  • Vectors

Six Weeks Test – Monday of the 6th Week


Newton’s Laws of Motion and Representation of Forces

  • Types of Forces/Identifying Forces
  • Gravitational Mass and Weight
  • Using Free-body Diagrams and Summation Equations
  • Net Force and Acceleration

Six Weeks Test – Tuesday of the 6th Week


Gravitation; Uniform Circular Motion; Projectile Motion

  • Newton’s Law of Gravitation
  • Centripetal Acceleration
  • Central Net Force
  • Use of FBD and Summation Equations
  • Projectile Motion

No Six Weeks Test this grading period.

Fall Semester Exam (last week of school in December)




Six Weeks



Work, Energy, Power & Linear Momentum

  • Work-Energy Theorem
  • Impulse-Momentum Theorem
  • Energy & Momentum Conservation

Six Weeks Test – Wednesday of the 6th Week


Rotational Kinematics, Dynamics, and Conservation of Angular Momentum

  • Center of Mass
  • Rotational Kinematics
  • Static Equilibrium/Rotational Equilibrium
  • Angular Momentum Conservation

Six Weeks Test – Thursday of the 6th Week


Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Mass-Spring Oscillators
  • Pendulums
  • Motion Equations and Graphs
  • Forces and Energy

Spring Semester Exam (last week of school in May)


Additional Information

This course follows the AP Physics 1 Framework in addition to the state requirements for Physics 1401.

Tutorials schedules are posted outside of each physics teacher’s classroom.

Syllabus Created on:

05/17/22 2:50 PM

Last Edited on:

05/17/22 2:55 PM