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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 11-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | PHY-1041-VO01 - Physics I

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Albert Cordes
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides insight into how basic physics principles are used and applied. Students develop practical problem-solving and analytical thinking skills as applied to Newtonian mechanics, energy, fluids, and the mechanical properties of matter. Includes a laboratory. College level Pre-Calculus is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or above.

Essential Objectives

1. Define and apply basic problem-solving techniques.
2. Describe scalar and vector quantities, the components of a vector, and employ vector addition both graphically and analytically.
3. Explain kinematics in one and two dimensions (velocity, acceleration, and displacement) and apply to problem-solving.
4. Identify the relationship between force and motion as defined by Newton's first, second, and third laws, and apply these laws to the analysis and solution of physical problems.
5. Explain the concepts of equilibrium, circular motion, rotation, work, power, energy, momentum, and conservation of momentum, and apply these concepts to the solution of physical problems.
6. Describe the mechanical properties of matter such as density and elasticity.
7. Explain such concepts of fluid mechanics as pressure, Archimedes' Principle and fluid flow, and apply these to the solution of physical problems.
8. Explain simple harmonic motion, energy in the simple harmonic oscillator, period and sinusoidal nature of SHM, the simple pendulum, damped harmonic motion, resonance in forced vibration, wave motion and its characteristics.
9. Explain the characteristics of sound, intensity, response to sound, sources of sound, interference of sound, and the Doppler Effect.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.
11. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
Laboratory Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Teaching Methods

You'll participate in several different types of learning activities in this class including:

  • Reading your text
  • Attending my power-point video lectures
  • Performing on-line simulations
  • Doing homework in Expert TA, an on line homework system
  • Participating in discussions forums,
  • Performing laboratory experiments
  • Preparing lab reports
Lab kits will be required for this course. There will be 9 labs that you will do at home, using the contents of the lab kit.

Evaluation Criteria


The quantity and quality of your discussion contributions will count for 10% of your grade.

Expert TA Homework 18% Expert TA homework. This is automatically graded. You will be able to see your scores in the gradebook section of the software. I will import those grades into Canvas

You will have 13 labs to submit during the course of the semester. Some will be submitted as formal lab reports and some will be written up in an electronic lab notebook.

These will constitute 27% of your grade.

Simulations Each module will have one or two on-line simulations to perform, and questions to answer based on the simulations. This work will constitute 20% of your grade.

Quizzes Each module will have 1 timed 10 question quiz. The time on most quizzes is 25 minutes. These quizzes will count 25% of your grade

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Module 1: Introduction and Kinematics
Sept 5- Sept 15


Video lectures Kinematics 1 and Kinematics 2
Readings in text


Moving man Simulation
Measurement Lab
Accelerated Motion Lab
Homework problems
Quiz #1



Module 2: Vectors and 2D Motion
Sept 16-Sept 25


Video lectures on Vector Addition and Projectile Motion
Readings in text


Measuring g Lab
Vector Addition Lab
Vector Addition Simulation and Projectile Motion Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #2



Module 3: Dynamics and Newton's laws
Sept 26 - Oct 6


Video lectures on Dynamics, Newton's Laws and Applications of Newton's Laws
Readings in text


Newton's Second Law Lab
Motion and Equilibrium Simulation
Newton's Second Law Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #3



Module 4: Circular Motion and Gravitation
Oct 7 - Oct 16


Video lectures on Circular Motion and Gravitation
Readings in text


Centripetal Force Lab
Circular motion Simulation
Gravitation Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #4



Module 5: Work and Energy
Oct 17 - Oct 27


Video lectures on Work and Energy and Potential and Kinetic Energy
Readings in text


Conservation of Mechanical Energy Lab
Potential Energy Transformation Lab
Conservation of Energy Simulation
Hooke's Law and PE in a Spring Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #5



Module 6: Linear Momentum
Oct 28 - Nov 3


Video lectures on Momentum and Inelastic Collisions
Readings in text


Conservation of Momentum Lab
Conservation of Momentum Simulation
Energy in Collisions Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #6



Module 7: Rotational Motion
Nov 4- Nov 13


Video lectures on Rotational Kinematics, Rotational Dynamics and Rotational Kinetic Energy and Angular Momentum
Readings in text


Determining the Moment of Inertia of a Bicycle Wheel Lab
Rotational Motion Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #7



Module 8: Fluids and Bodies in Equilibrium
Nov 14 - Nov 27


Video lectures on Fluid Statics, Fluid Dynamics, Stress and Strain and Bodies in Equilibrium
Readings in text


Equilibrium Lab
Torque Simulation
Fluid Pressure and Flow Simulation
Buoyancy Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #8



Module 9: Vibrations and Waves
Nov 28 - Dec 8


Video lectures on Vibration and Oscillations, Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves
Readings in the text


Vibratory Motion Lab
Masses on Springs and Simple Pendulum Simulation
Waves on a String Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #9



Module 10: Sound
Dec 9 - Dec 16


Video lecture on Sound
Readings in text


Determining the Speed of Sound using Resonance Lab
Sound Simulation
Homework problems
Quiz #10


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

There are two discussion questions for each module. A student is expected to post an initial response, and then at least one response to someone else's post.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Generally, I do not accept late work. I do make exceptions if circumstances warrent it.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.