PHY-162OL
College Physics I
4 Credit Hours


Course Description

This course provides a general background for those who do not plan advanced study in physics or engineering. Topics covered include elementary mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; linear and angular momentum; rotational motion; gravitation; thermodynamics; and oscillation. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

Pre-requisite(s)
1 1/2 years of high school algebra, 1 year of geometry, 1 semester of trigonometry or equivalent within 3 years of high school graduation.  Otherwise a COMPASS score of C 51-100 Or T 0-45 will be required for placement in this class.
Course Delivery
The method of delivery for this course is Online. This is NOT a Flexnet course! You will have essentially the same schedule and the same deadlines as students taking this course on campus. While you are not required to login each day, you are expected to frequently read the announcements and keep up with the classwork as established by the assignment due dates.  Late work is not accepted, so do not enroll unless you are able to follow the course schedule.

Laboratory Component
Laboratory exercises are completed using video analysis.  Data in the form of video clips has been collected by students performing the same lab activities on campus.  You will be responsible for using the provided video clips to complete each laboratory exercise.

Exam Information:
Unit 1-2, Unit 3-4, and final exams will be proctored. It is your responsibility to find a proctor for each of these exams. If you live near a college contact the college about a testing center, this is the best option.  However, you may choose any non-relative, with a professional e-mail address, that has the capability of scanning the test upon completion.  The test center at Iowa Central Community College is run through the Student Success Center. See the Iowa Central website for details. (http://www.iowacentral.edu/success_center/testing/correspondence.asp).

Course Assignment Information:
You will use iNET (moodle) as the primary source for activities, demonstrations, assignments, and assessments. You will be able to track your grade by using Webadvisor. Be aware of any class announcements and communicate with the instructor using email or the discussion boards.  Most assignments are due by 8:00 am Monday morning and a typical schedule has an assignment set, lab, or quiz due every other Monday, but that will depend upon the specific semester.

Grading:

Letter Grade

Minimum %

A

90

B

80

C

70

D

60

 

Assessment

% of Grade

Unit 1: Assignment Set

5

Unit 1: Quiz

5

Unit 2: Assignment Set

5

Unit 2: Quiz

5

Unit 3: Assignment Set

5

Unit 3: Quiz

5

Unit 4: Assignment Set

5

Unit 4: Quiz

5

Unit 5: Assignment Set

5

Unit 5: Quiz

5

Lab

15

Unit 1-2 Test

10

Unit 3-4 Test

10

Final

15

 

100

Computer Literacy Requirement:

Skills:
You must have previous experience working with computers and be able to complete the following tasks:

  • Upload/download files
  • Internet searching
  • email with and without attachments
  • install/uninstall programs
  • word processing with export to pdf
  • acquire pictures from a camera or phone to insert into a document
  • use a scanner or copier to create pdf documents

Access:
You must have weekly access to:

  • a computer capable of performing all the requirements listed above
  • an internet connection capable of transferring streaming video
  • a camera or scanner

Software:
You must have:

  • Microsoft Word or equivalent. (You must be able to export as PDF.)
  • LoggerPro –provided by the college upon enrollment in the course
  • latest version of Apple Quicktime (usually installs with LoggerPro)

Textbook:

Calculator:

  • Wolframalpha.com is useful
  • Any scientific calculator app will work
  • Ti-92 emulator will be used in examples
    • Windows, Android, Linux* (Wine will run the emulator using Ubuntu 12.04, but it is slow to load and can’t be resized.  Otherwise it is fully functional once loaded.)
    • You must get the emulator app and the ROM.  The ROM may or may not still be free.

Hardware:
You must have:

  • Windows computer or tablet (tablet must run Windows 8.1)
  • Macintosh computer
  • Android and Linux will not currently run LoggerPro video analysis.

Instructor: Carl Gross
Phone:
515-574-1227
E-mail: gross_c@iowacentral.edu