House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PHYS-1405-02 (Conceptual Physics)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorByrd, Otis E.
Phone(409) 984-6437
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:M-W-F 10:00-10:50, T-TH 8:00-10:50
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
Room #:227
Course Information
Course ID #10156
Course Subject-Number-SectionPHYS-1405-02
Course TitleConceptual Physics
Course Description Conceptual level survey of topics in physics for non-science majors. Introducesthe basic interactions of nature with emphasis on thermodynamics and heat transfer. Counts as a laboratory science toward graduation
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Conceptual Physics,11th edition,written by Paul Hewitt,Published by Addison Wesley,2010
Learning Objectives Intellectual Competencies

1. The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

2. The ability to analyze and interpret spoken communication.

3. The ability to use critical thinking skills to apply concepts and solve problems

4. The ability to use computer-based technology in the acquisition of information,

and data analysis

Exemplary Educational Objectives

1.        Learn Newton's first law

2.        Define force

3.        Calculate net force

4.        Understand and apply the equilibrium rule

5.        Define speed, velocity, acceleration, vectors, and free fall

6.        Calculate velocity and acceleration; and solve free fall problems

7.        Learn and apply Newton's second law

8.        Apply Newton's second law for free fall and non free fall

9.        Learn and apply Newton's third law

10.        Use vectors and components to understand Newton's second law

11.        Define and calculate momentum and impulse

12.        Understand how momentum and impulse are related to Newton's second law

13.        Explain and use conservation of momentum

14.        Define energy, work, the Energy-Work Theorem

15.        Explain and use conservation of energy

16.        Compare kinetic energy and momentum

17.        Understand the properties of a liquid

18.        Define and calculate the hydrostatic pressure in a liquid

19.        Define and calculate the buoyancy

20.        Understand What Temperature represents

21.        Use temperature change and specific heat to calculate heat requirement

22.        Describe what happens during Evaporation, Boiling, Condensation, and Freezing

23.        Define and understand conduction ,convection and radiation

24.        Calculate the required energy for phase changes

Major Assignments Chapter Outline                

Week 1: Chapter 1: Mathematics; Scientific attitude; Science, Art, Religion, and Technolog

Week 2: Chapter 2: History of motion, Newton's First Law, Force, Net force, Equilibrium

Week 3: Chapter 3: Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Free fall

Week 4: Chapter 4: Newton's Second Law, Vectors, Free fall

Week 5:         Chapter 4: Complete Newton's Second Law, Review and TEST I                

Week 6: Chapter 5: Newton's Third Law, Force Interactions, Vectors

Week 7: Chapter 6: Momentum and Impulse,

Spring Break


Week 8: Chapter 7: Energy, Mechanical Energy, Work, and Power

Week 9: Chapter 7: Complete Energy, Work, and Power, Review and TEST II

Week10: Chapter 13: Liquids, pressure and Buoyancy

Week11: Chapter 15: Temperature, Measuring Heat, and Specific Heat Capacity

Week 12: Chapter 15: Specific Heat Capacity of water, Expansion, and Thermal expansion of Water

Week 13: Chapter 16: Heat Transfer, Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Greenhouse Effect

Week 14: Chapter 17: Evaporation, Boiling, and Freezing

Week 15: Chapter 24: Energy in Phase Change and Topics in thermodynamics.         

Week 16: Review for Final


Chapter HOMEWORK        

Chapter        2 Newton’s First Law of Motion - Inertia

Review Questions        1-25

Exercises        21-29

Ranking        1-4

Problems        1-4

Chapter        3 Linear Motion

Review Questions        1-26

Plug and Chug        1,3,7,8,10,16

Ranking Task        2,3,4

Exercises        17,20

Problems        1-4

Chapter        4 Newton’s Second Law of Motion

Review Questions        2-20,22,26,27,31

Plug and Chug        1,2,6,8

Ranking        1,2,4

Exercises        21-23

Problems        1-5

Chapter        5 Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Review Questions        1-17

Plug and Chug        2,3

Ranking        1,2,3

Exercises        13-29

Problems        1-4

Chapter        6 Momentum

Review Questions        1-17

Plug and Chug        1,3,5,7

Ranking        1,3,5

Exercises        1,2,3

Problems        1-4

Chapter        7 Energy

Review Questions        1-16

Plug and Chug        1,4,17,10,13

Ranking        1,2,3

Discussion Topics see assignments
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with three absences may be dropped from class.
Determination of Final Grade Tests-40%, Final-20%, Lab-20%, Home Work-10%, Projects-10%
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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