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PHY-1041-VU02 - Physics I

Online Class

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

Synonym: 185061

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Warren Ellison | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Scientific Method
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

This course provides insight into how basic physics principles are used and applied. Students will 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.
Laboratory Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to construct hypotheses, predictions, and lab reports and to design, analyze and/or critique experiments found throughout peer-reviewed research and laboratory notebooks.
2. Utilize mathematical techniques necessary to properly collect and interpret data (i.e., unit conversions, standardization, and scaling necessary for data collection, graphing and charting).
3. Apply proper techniques in using common scientific tools to collect data and describe how they work (i.e., microscopes, spectrophotometers, UV sterilizers, etc.).
4. Identify and demonstrate lab safety techniques that are in line with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

A proficiency with algebra and right triangle trigonometry is very helpful. Brush up your math skills before the class starts.

Text:Physics, principles with applicationsby Douglas C. Giancoli, 7th edition

There is also a soft-cover volume I of the Giancoli 7th edition textbook which can be used for the course instead of the hard cover edition. This soft cover volume I covers the first half of Giancoli's larger hard-covered text, Physics, principles with applications 7th edition. It is simply the first half of the larger textbook. (The larger hard-cover Physics was divided into volumes 1 and 2 covering materialfor single semester courses.)

Students can use the larger and more extensivehard-covered Physics 7th edition if they can obtain it. I personally would advise students who think they will take a physics 2 course to seek out the hard cover version (either used or new). This is the standard textbook for that class as well and has all the extra chapters on electicity and magnetism that will be pertinent for future study. Why buy two halves of a textbook separatelywhen the whole book costs less than the sum of its parts?

The course essentially covers chapters 1 thru12 of either version.

Students need a lab notebook which can be turned in. One with graph paper would be helpful.

Students should have a calculator capable offiguring square roots, raising numbers to exponential powers, and capable of extracting trigonometric values (sine, cosine, and tangent) and their inverses. A graphing calculator is not essential.


Physics I is a lab course. We meet for two 3 1/2 hour sessions each week.

1. There's a lot of physics to learn in the semester. To keep the class flowing and not entirely teacher-centered, the classes will have their focus divided amongst textbook covering lecture and discussion, relevant lab exercises, guided computations and recitational problem solving, and small quizzes covering past work.

2. Weekly homework problem sets from the textbook will be assigned.

3. Students will be required to turn in lab reports written in a stylized scientificformat.

4. Numerical calculations and estimations will be done by pencil, brain, and machine. A basic calculator is appropriate (you don't need a graphing calculator). The calculator should be able to figure square roots, raise numbers to different exponential powers, and be able to extract the trigonometric functions and their inverses.

Evaluation Criteria:

15% Laboratory Grade

10% Participation and attitude

10% Homework

20% Small Quizzes on individual chapters

25% Multichapter Tests

20% Comprehensive Final Exam


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PHY-1041-VU02 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Warren Ellison
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is a prime requirement. Attend all of each class. Semesters are short and every class is important. In the event of an absence it is the student's responsiblity to contact the instructor and cover the material that was missed. It is the student's responsibility to obtainmissed homework assignments, complete them, and be able to discuss them andturnthem in along with the rest of the class when they are due. Missed classes and missed work result in poorer grades.As Woody Allen says, "95% of success is SHOWING UP." If more than 3 classes aremissed (or their equivalence in latenesses and partially attended classes) there is a very high probability that no credit will be given for the course.

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

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