IAI Course Number:
4 Credit Hours
(3 lecture/2 lab)
This is a non
calculus physics course designed primarily for students i
general education and the life sciences curricula (biology, pre
veterinary, etc.). Topics covered in this course include basic principles of mechanics, wave
motion, sound and heat.
Successful completion of two
years high school Algebra
Physics: Principles and Problems
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Add and subtract vectors.
problems involving constant acceleration.
State and apply Newton’s laws of motion to problems involving linear motion, circular
motion and friction.
State and apply the law of conservation of energy.
State and apply the law of conservation of linear momen
Solve problems using concepts of rotational kinematics and dynamics.
State the important characteristics of simple harmonic motion.
State and apply the basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics.
State and apply the laws of thermodynamics.
he methods of heat transfer and solve heat transfer problems.
State the basic characteristics of ideal gases and apply the ideal gas law.
Course Evaluation Criteria:
Homework (about 30 assignments) x 10 points
= 300 points
Labs 10 x 25 points
= 250 points
Exams 5 x 100 points
= 500 points
Final Exam 1 x 200 points
= 200 points
= 1250 points
100% = A 80
89% = B 70
79% =C 60
69% = D 0
59% = F
Tentative Lecture Schedule
Week 1: Introduction and Syllabus; Motion, Vect
ors, and Displacement
Week 2: Position vs Time, Velocity; Acceleration; Acceleration/Gravity
Exam CH 1
; Force; Newton's 1
Week 4: Interaction Forces; Forces in 2D; Friction
Week 5: Force and Motion in 2D; Projectile Motion; Circular
Week 6: Relative Velocity; Angular Velocity and Acceleration; Torque and MOI
Week 7: Rotational Equilibrium;
Exam CH 4
Week 8: Impulse, Angular Momentum; Momentum Conservation in 1D and 2D
Week 9: Energy and Work; Simple Machines MA, IMA, Eff
iciency; Potential and Kinetic Energy
Exam CH 9
; Heat and Temperature
Week 11: State changes, 1
Thermodynamics; Gas Laws; Fluid Dynamics
Week 12: Solids;
Exam CH 12
Week 13: Periodic Motion; Mechanical Waves; Wave Behavior
14: Sound Properties; Music;
Exam CH 14
Week 15: Wrap
up and Review for Final Exam
Tentative Lab Schedule
: Velocity vs Acceleration
Motion vs Time graphs will be made of two bodies of
motion one at constant velocity on a flat surface and a
nother free wheel design set on an
incline. Learners will discover how to accurately measure both velocity and acceleration using a
spark timer and how those data sets differ.
: Acceleration due to Gravity
A velocity vs time graph will be made in
order to show
the linear relationship of constant acceleration. Acceleration due to gravity will be
experimentally and graphically determined. This value will then be compared to the standard
accepted value and differences explained.
: Force Tabl
Force tables will be used to enforce the concept of vector
equilibrants. Learners will set
up two force vectors on the tables and then experimentally and
mathematically determine the equilibrants. These values will then be compared to de
error caused by friction.
: Angular Velocity and Local Wind Turbines
A trip to a local wind farm (or video
footage of the same wind farm if conditions are not favorable) will let learners take data on a
system that they themselves cannot c
ontrol and report angular velocity at multiple points along
the turbine blades.
: Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
The conservation of momentum will be studied in the
collisions of moving bodies. Both elastic and inelastic will be studied to unde
interplay of mass and velocity.
: Efficiency of Simple Machines
Ideal mechanical advantage will be found for a
variety of simple machines. These machines will then have the actual mechanical advantage
found. The efficiency will be ca
lculated and the discrepancy between IMA and actual will be
Concepts of energy transfer will be studied through calorimetry. The
specific heats of various unknowns will be experimentally determined and the compared to
tual values. The error will be reported and discrepancies explained.
: Experimental Temperature of Lab Flame
Learners will take what they know of
energy transfer and try to solve a simple problem. What is the temperature of a flame
a lab burner without using a high temperature thermometer?
: Pendulum and Spring Motion
Harmonic motion will be studied in both pendulums
and springs in order to understand all variables of the system. The variables will then be
manipulated to a
chieve real world applications; such as matching a clock pendulums period of
Students may access their grades and attendance regularly on MY LYNX. Grades will be
updated either daily or weekly for student examination.
If the student
has concerns or questions regarding posted grades, please contact the
up exams are only allowed if the instructor is notified IN ADVANCE by the student
that he/she is unable to attend the day of a quiz or test. NO
Failure to properly notify the instructor will result in a "0" for the exam.
up exams will be
arranged at instructor’s convenience
Most lectures will have a problem set to complete before the next lecture. During
Individual students will be randomly called to place their work on the board
for a single problem. This problem will be the one graded for that student. Homework will be
worth 10 points each time a problem set is due.
ar attendance is critical for success in this course. If you must miss class,
please get notes from a classmate. It is a good idea early in the course to share phone numbers
mail addresses with other students in this class. If an extended absence is n
please make the instructor aware of the situation.
4 hours of absence
...student will receive warning via campus email
hours of absence
… warning letter will be sent from Academic Office to student,
parents, and a
dvisor; instructor will notify student and arrange meeting to discuss
hours of absence
…student must withdraw if possible; else,
student will receive an F
for the course
You are expected to participate durin
g class and work cooperatively in study groups.
You need to participate in order to develop better reasoning and problem solving skills.
Students are expected to have all necessary materials such as books, paper, pencils,
calculator, etc. for each class
It is expected from each student that you will respect the ideas and reasoning of other
students and the teacher in the class by listening to the explanations and appropriately
questioning the thought process and understanding of the problems under dis
If at any time, a student has an unacceptable behavior in the classroom, he/she will be
asked to leave the classroom immediately. This may lead the student to a class
Students are encouraged to come in for help during office hours or
times. Tutoring is offered and required when the student’s grade falls below a C
average. Refusal to seek help when requested by the instructor will require a
conference with the student and his/her advisor. Automatic withdrawal from the
might be an option or a requirement.
Any behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive to the class and the learning
environment will not be tolerated.
Zero for the task
Fail Class and meet with appropriate administrators
All incidents will be reported to Division Chair and Office of Academics to be kept on record.
Tutoring is available through the Academic Success Center, located on the second
McKinstry Library. Appointments may be made in person or by calling extension 303.
Office of Disability Services
Students with disabilities should self
advocate for academic
adjustments/accommodations. If you have a disability and would like to reque
services, please contact the Director of the Office for Disability Services, Dr. Stephanie Gaddy,