PHYC 130: Fundamentals of Physics I, Section 3434
Grossmont College, Department of Physics &
Instructor: Dr. Philip Blanco
Phone: (619) 644-7312.
Lectures Mondays/Wednesdays 11:00-12:15pm in 34-106.
Laboratory Thursdays (section 3434) or Fridays (section 2000) 11:00am-1:50pm in 34-130.
Office hours: Mon 2:00-4:30pm, or by appointment.
Note: To avoid time conflicts with other students in other classes, please let
me know in person or via email when you intend to arrive. Other meeting
times can also be arranged in advance. Also see below for other ways to
2018 Feb 15: Lab cancelled today - work on MasteringPhysics and lab reports due next Wednesday at start of lecture.
Wednesday quiz: Vector addition/subtraction.
Lab reports for the force vectors experiment are due at the start of lecture on Wed Feb 21.
Please read the information on lab report formats at the link below.
Feb 3: Remaining Measurement/Trig labs to be handed in at start of Monday's lecture.
Wednesday Quiz: Significant figures, unit conversions, density, motion graphs.
Thursday/Friday lab: Force Vectors (see the link below), requires report.
Jan 31: Quiz 1 on Wednesday Jan 31 will be on Trigonometry, Algebra, Precalculus: Right triangles, radians, simultaneous equations, limits of functions.
Used copies of the 4th edition Student Workbook can be found affordably online. You only need volume 1 for this class, and it's OK if the workbook has writing in it.
See Course Materials below for ISBN information.
If you are rusty on trigonometry and vectors, a good resource is the book
Get Ready for Physics by Edward Adelson, designed to accompany our text book.
Used copies are available online for under $10.
Feb 16-19 Fri-Mon: Presidents' Day holiday (campus closed)
Mar 1 Thu: EXAM #1
Mar 2 Fri: Last day to apply for Pass / No Pass (CR/NCR) grading option
Mar 26-30: No class (Spring Break)
Apr 12 Thu: EXAM #2
Apr 27 Fri: Last day to withdraw from course (a letter grade must be recorded after this date)
May 17 Thu: EXAM #3
May 30 Wed: FINAL EXAM 11:35am-1-35pm.
Note: Mid-term exam dates (always on a Thursday, replacing a lab
period) may "slip" by 1 week depending on our pace; you will be informed
of any changes in advance. If there is no mid-term exam on a given date,
there will still be a quiz and a lab, so please don't miss Thursdays!
Conflicts? Please let the instructor know as soon as possible.
However, please note that no make-ups are offered for any reason
for mid-term exams, quizzes, or labs (see below). Instead, the lowest
scoring assignment in each category is dropped from the grade
Physics 130 is the first of a 2-semester calculus-based sequence in
physics, designed for life-science majors. This course covers
kinematics, mechanics, work and energy, properties of matter, heat and
thermal effects, and vibrations and waves. The laboratory component
emphasizes the general methods of physics and physical measurement in
Prerequisite: A "C" or "CR" or higher, or
concurrent enrollment in Math 180 or equivalent.
Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- apply Newton's Laws to static and dynamic systems of particles and rigid bodies
- distinguish between conservation principles and apply them appropriately to physical systems.
- employ laboratory equipment and techniques to acquire experimental measurements, interpret the data, and communicate the results in a coherent manner.
- apply thermodynamic principles to systems involving solids and ideal gasses.
Required Course Materials:
for Scientists and Engineers, 4th edition 2016, by Randall Knight, with MasteringPhysics access and student workbook. ISBN-13: ISBN-9780134100098. Laboratory notebook with duplicate (i.e. "carbon copy") numbered
pages, available from the Grossmont College bookstore. You may re-use
your Chemistry lab notebook, if you have one.
Physics 130 will cover material contained in chapters 1-21 in this book;
Physics 131 will use chapters 22-42. New copies of the book come from
the publisher with access to MasteringPhysics.com and the Student
Workbook included. Or, you can also buy E-book access with
MasteringPhysics for about $120 (MasteringPhysics access alone costs about $75.)
NOTE, however, you may also need to buy the Student Workbook,
available at the bookstore for about $90 (!!!), but used copies can be
found online for MUCH cheaper! Search for ISBN-10: 0134083164 or
ISBN-13: 978-0134083162. Student workbooks will be used on Thursdays,
starting in week 3.
The MasteringPhysics Course ID to use for this class is
BLANCOSP18. See the Quick Link above for instructions on how to register.
- Single subject notebook, with detachable pages, to be used as
your "homework journal" for online assignments.
- Non-programmable scientific calculator, i.e. one which can
handle powers of 10 from -99 to
+99, square and cube roots, and trigonometry functions (sin, cos, tan).
- Small ruler and colored pens/pencils, for diagrams, and a
- Datalink 26760 test forms (blue on front, green on back)
for multiple-choice tests.
- Small stapler, for written assignments and lab reports.
Course Assignments and Grading Policy The
approximate grading scale for this class is:
A: > 85%. B: 70-85%. C: 60-70%. D: 55-60% or F: < 55%.
Grades near the upper and lower bounds of these ranges
will be modified by "+ and "-", as described in the Grossmont College
Catalog (note that there is no C-, D+, or D- grade).
Actual grade boundaries may change slightly, and depend on the
difficulty of exams and homework assignments - NOT on class performance (i.e.
is no "curve" or set quota for each grade). This means that:
Your grade will be calculated from a combination of quizzes,
homework assignments, mid-term exams, final exam, and
laboratory reports, as described below. Please note that this
section of PHYC130 has a no make-ups policy. Instead, your
lowest scoring mid-term exam, laboratory report, and quiz will be
dropped from the grade calculation.
- Everyone in the class can get an "A".
- You are not in competition with your fellow students. In fact,
working together is actively encouraged, as long as tasks submitted for
grading are your own, original work.
Weekly Quizzes (15% of total grade)
Scheduled at the beginning of most lab periods, these will consist of
conceptual questions and short-answer questions. There are no make-ups
allowed; instead your lowest-scoring quiz will be dropped from your
grade calculation. Quiz topics will be announced the previous Wednesday in
class and posted on the course web page.
Homework (25% of total grade)
Weekly homework will be assigned on the MasteringPhysics website,
usually due the following week. After registering with
MasteringPhysics, you will need to join the online course
BLANCOSP18 to receive credit for all your hard work.
Notification of assignments will be on the course web page. You may
be asked to show your "journal" of written work in answering online
problems. Homework may also be assigned using the Student Workbook
accompanying the textbook - you will be asked to complete sections and
tear them out to be handed in.
Learning physics means doing physics - discussing concepts,
the laboratory, and solving lots of physics problems! To analyze the
homework problems, you may work together in study groups, and you may
ask us for help. However, you must complete the assigned homework on
your own, and not copy information from another student or another
Mid-term Exams (20% of total grade) Held during lab periods on
Tuesdays (see calendar), there will be at least 3 mid-term exams during
the semester. These exams are "closed book", i.e. no outside information
may be used. A list of equations and constant values will be provided,
but you are expected to learn the definitions and units of physical
quantities. There are no make-ups allowed; instead, your lowest-scoring
mid-term exam will be dropped from your grade calculation.
Laboratory Reports (25% of total grade) A few
"fill-in-the-blanks" labs are due at the end of the lab period. The rest
will be due at the following lab period. A separate document describes
the requirements for lab notebooks
and reports. There are no make-ups allowed; instead, your
lowest-scoring lab will be dropped from your grade calculation. Although
you will work with at least one lab partner to obtain data, there is no
"group credit- all analysis and other work submitted for
grading must be your own.
Each laboratory report is graded out of 20 points. For late
write-ups, 2 points may be deducted for each day late, up to 10 points overall.
Final Exam: May 30 Wed, 11:35am-1-35pm. (15% of total grade)
The comprehensive final exam will cover all material, but with an
emphasis on the later, more advanced topics covered. It is your
responsibility to inform the instructor of conflicts with other exams
so that arrangements can be made.
Unless otherwise noted, all exams are ``closed book'', which means
absolutely no recorded information may be brought in from the outside.
You will be provided with relevant formulae and numerical values for all
For tests (quizzes and mid-terms), programmable calculators
are not permitted, and cellphones and other electronic devices must be
off. Electronic dictionaries are not permitted, but with prior approval
you may use a published foreign language to English dictionary. The
instructor may use video recording equipment to monitor exams, and
software designed to detect plagiarism on homework assignments or
Quizzes, Mid-terms, Laboratory Reports, Homeworks, and the Final exam
will be designed to test understanding, not memory, so cheating by
plagiarism or smuggling outside material will not help you. Academic
dishonesty is a serious action and will not be tolerated, since it
compromises the integrity of scholarship and the value of hard-earned
grades for all students at Grossmont. It includes, but is not
limited to, copying another's work, allowing someone to copy your work,
talking during an exam or quiz, giving information to another student
during an exam or quiz, using notes on an exam or quiz, or having
another person take a test for you.
Grossmont's policy will be strictly enforced. Cheating and
plagiarism (using as one's own ideas writings, materials, or images of
someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in any
one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted
grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of
which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain
conditions, suspension or expulsion from a class, program or the
college. For further clarification and information on these issues,
please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the
Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
Classroom Conduct Laws
control the lesser person. Right conduct controls the greater
one. ~ Chinese Proverb
"Be excellent to each
other!" ~ Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
All students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct,
which will be strictly enforced. The Code of Conduct may be found in the
course catalog. In addition, please observe these guidelines out of
consideration for your fellow students and your instructor, so that we
may all enjoy a pleasant and productive learning environment.
Arriving at class: Attendance is usually
optional, but may be taken at any class meeting. Please arrive "ready to
learn", i.e. with your belongings in order, no food or drink, and no
need to use the restroom during lecture (see below).
consecutive absences (usually judged by missed labs and/or quizzes),
Grossmont's policy allows the instructor to drop a student from class,
but do not assume this will happen automatically if you simply fail to
Leaving class: Students leaving the classroom
during lecture time will not be allowed to return! Otherwise this
behavior becomes an annoying distraction to your fellow students and the
instructor. If you think you may need to use the restroom, it is better
to do so beforehand and be a few minutes late for lecture than to leave
and return in the middle of the lecture.
If you have a good reason to
leave early, please notify the instructor at the start of lecture, then
find a seat where you can leave without disturbing others unnecessarily.
In the Classroom: Productive and respectful interaction
with classmates and instructor is encouraged, while any behavior which
disrupts the learning environment will not be tolerated.
includes chatting, chewing, gesturing, passing notes, sleeping, reading
non-classroom material, use of headphones, cellphones or portable
electronics. (Either silence your cellphone, or place it where you can
cancel the ring-tone within 2 seconds).
Note that no recordings
of audio, images, or video are permitted in the classroom or lab. This
is to preserve the privacy rights of your fellow students, and the
integrity and academic freedom of the learning environment. Use of such
devices will be treated as disruptive even if done in a clandestine
Possible sanctions for disruptive behavior include:
ejection from the lecture, a 2-lecture suspension, and disciplinary
action by the college.
In the Laboratory:
In addition to the rules for classroom behavior above, there is a
separate lab safety policy which
you will be asked to read and sign.
Help is available! In addition
to office hours, please feel free to contact me via email if you are
"stuck". The Physics Study Center is open
Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm. You are welcome to study here and use the books
and computers, which have a link to Vector exercises from Physics
Academic Software, and can be used to access the textbook or
Also, Grossmont offers some great
resources to help you do well:
Math Study Center
can help you with the calculation aspects of homework assignments
your textbook with you).
- Grossmont College
Library. Copies of the textbook and related material can be found
in the reserve collection.
- Disabled Student
Programs and Services (619-644-7112 voice or 619-644-7119 TTY)-
specialized services including an Assistive Technology Center. Students
who need accommodations for their disabilities are encouraged to
the instructor and DSPS as early in the semester as possible so that
reasonable accommodations can be implemented.
- Supervised Tutoring Referral. Students are referred to enroll in
the following supervised tutoring courses if the service indicated will
assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objectives of this
course: IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general
computer applications in the Tech Mall; English 198W, Supervised
Tutoring for assistance in the English Writing Center (Room 70-119);
and/or IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in
academic subjects in the Tutoring Center (Room 70-229, 644-7387). To
add any of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the
Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall. All Supervised Tutoring
courses are non-credit/non-fee. However, when a student registers for a
supervised tutoring course, and has no other classes, the student will
be charged the usual health fee.
- Student Career Center and Job Placement
Philip Blanco, Physics 130, Grossmont College