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FALL 2014

Instructor: Dr. Leon Gardner

Office Location: 226 Jones Building

Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30 PM − 1:30 PM

                         Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

                         Thursday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

                         or by appointment

Telephone Number: 279-5927

NOTE: It much easier to reach me by email than by telephone.

Email Address: lgardner@ccga.edu


College Website: www.ccga.edu

Weekly Schedule






PHYS 1111



CHEM 1211 Lecture


PHYS 1111 Lecture


CHEM 1211



PHYS 1111



CHEM 1211



Office Hours


CHEM 1000


PHYS 1111



Office Hours


Office Hours


NOTE: On lab days the lecture may extend into the lab period

Course Description: PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I

4 credits 3 class hours, 2 laboratory hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1111 and MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 with a "C" or better
An introductory course which will include mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

(Note: A student may not receive credit for both PHYS 1111 & PHYS 2211)  

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed Introductory Physics I (PHYS 1111) are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the following general course outcomes:

1. Students should have specific knowledge of the concepts of physics.

2. Students should be able to cite applications of the concepts of physics.

3. Students should be able to work physics problems that involve mathematics.

4. Students should have laboratory skills applicable to the physics laboratory.

5. Students should have computer and internet skills.

General Education Outcomes

In addition to the course learning outcomes, this course will also address these College general education outcomes and competencies:

1. Critical Thinking

     1.2. Apply formulas, procedures, principles, or themes

4. Mathematical

     4.7. Employ quantitative reasoning appropriately while applying scientific

            methodology to explore nature and the universe

5. Scientific

    5.1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic scientific concepts

    5.2. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method

    5.3. Utilize laboratory skills to observe natural phenomena

Reserve Clause

The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus when necessary or beneficial to meet the objectives of the course, to compensate for missed classes or schedule changes, or for similar legitimate reasons. Students will be notified of any such changes to the syllabus in adequate time to adjust to those changes.

E-mail Policy

Every student is required to have a valid email address. It does not have to be your school email address. You are required to check this email address at least once a day for any electronic documents or other notifications that I may send you. It is your responsibility to make sure that my emails are not ending up in a spam folder. If your email account becomes deactivated for any reason, it is your responsibility to obtain any documents I may have sent you previous to this.

Class Materials:

Lecture Notes

Practice Problems

Lab Manual

Equation Book

Review Book

I will post all these documents on the class D2L site.

I will also have copies of the equation book that you can use for in-class problem-solving and exams.

Scientific Calculator - required on exams

You can use a graphing calculator for classroom and laboratory work, but you will be required to use a scientific calculator on exams. I have a set you can use, but it may be to your advantage to but your own, so you can get used to how to use it.


Methods of Evaluation:

4 Mid-Term Exams

1 Comprehensive Final

In-class problem solving

Lab Reports

Lab Assessment

Exam Schedule and Other Important Dates

Monday, 9/1 - No Class - Labor Day

Exam 1: Wednesday, 9/10

Exam 2: Wednesday, 10/8

Friday, 10/10 – Drop Deadline

Monday, 10/13 - No Class - Fall Break

Exam 3: Wednesday, 10/29

Wednesday, 11/26 – No Class – Thanksgiving Break

Exam 4: Wednesday, 12/3

Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9th, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 208 Jones

     Weighting of the Components of the Course

5 Exams…………………………………………...…..69%

  4 Mid-Terms(drop the lowest) 12% each……………….60%

  1 Comprehensive Final Exam…………………………...  9%

In-Class Homework.......................................................  6%


    Lab Reports…………………………………………….20%

    Lab Assessment…………………………………………5%

Policy on making up work:

Each of the lecture exams, as well as the final exam, must be taken at the assigned

time. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS will be given!  If you are absent from an exam, that will

be your drop grade.

If you will be absent on an exam day due to a college sponsored trip, you may arrange to take the

exam early. To do this, I must be notified at least 48 hours prior to the trip. If you fail to provide this notice, you forfeit your chance to take the exam.

Labs cannot be made up, but will be excused for the proper reasons. Proper reasons are illness, doctor’s appointment, or college sponsored trip or athletic event. For a college sponsored trip,

I must be notified at least 48 hours prior to the trip. If you fail to provide this notice, you will receive a zero for that lab. For an illness, or doctor’s appointment, I will need a note from the doctor. If you fail to provide a note, you will receive a zero for that lab.

You may also attend an alternate section of the lab. If you do this, please let me know ahead of time.

Attendance policy for this course:

To get credit for an in-class problem-solving session, you must be present during the time of the session.

To get credit for a lab, you must be present and participate in the lab activity.


Exams may consist of any combination of multiple choice questions, short-answer questions, and problems that you need to work out.

Note: Any exam may be cumulative.

Note: Exams must be turned in at the end of the class period. Failure to turn in an exam when directed by the instructor could lead to a grade deduction of as much as 15 points.

Note: On a mid-term, to get full credit for a problem, you must do more than just get the right answer. You must also write the solution neatly and orderly. If I have to decipher what you have done, even if it is correct, I will deduct points.

In-Class Homework

Every Wednesday, from 8:50 – 9:50, we will hold an in-class problem solving session. We will also have review problem solving sessions during the Monday lab periods before exams.

1. You must be present during this period to get credit for these.

2. You must work on the current assignment during the class period. If you are caught working

     on other classes or past physics assignments, you will get a zero for that day’s assignment.

3. Some assignments will be due at the end of the class period. On these days I may give you an

    additional assignment to work on at home. Some of these will be due the next class period. If

    we are close to an exam, the assignment may be due on the day of the exam. Any late

    assignment is subject to a possible point deduction.

4. You might be given the answers to the problems. If you are, you will be expected to show

     your work in obtaining the answers.

5. You are encouraged to work in groups and help each other. I will also be happy to help you.

6. Solutions must be written on a separate sheet of paper. If you use more than one sheet of

     paper, they must be stapled together.

7. Solutions must be neatly written. If I cannot read your work, you will not get credit.

Tentative Sequence of Chapters (for the whole year)

Chapter 1: Vector Algebra and the SI System

Chapter 2: Kinematics – How Things Move

Chapter 3: Newton’s Laws

Chapter 4: Applications of Newton’s Laws

Chapter 5: Work and Energy

Chapter 6: Linear Momentum

Chapter 7: Rotational Motion

Chapter 8: Simple Harmonic Motion

Chapter 9: Waves

Chapter 10: Electric Forces and Fields

Chapter 11: Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy

Chapter 12: Electric Current and Circuits

Chapter 13: Magnetism

Chapter 14: Electromagnetic Inductions

Chapter 15: Alternating Current Circuits

Chapter 16: Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 17: Ray Optics

Chapter 18: Wave Optics

Chapter 19: Optical Instruments

Chapter 20: Special Relativity

Chapter 21: Quantum Physics

Chapter 22: Atomic Physics

Behavioral Deduction

My classroom and laboratory are important places for learning, so your behavior is very important to me and to other students in the course.  If you insist on disrupting this important place of learning, then your final grade may be affected.  The following behaviors will result in a grade deduction:

1.  Talking with classmates unrelated to class participation;

2.  Being late for class;

3.  Being unprepared for class and/or interrupting the professor in the middle of the

      lecture for handouts or other information that should have been obtained prior to the

       class meeting;

4.  Cell phone or other disturbances.  (All electronic devices should be silenced prior to

      entering the classroom.)

5. Sharpening your pencil in the middle of class.

6. Saying “bless you.” We are taught that it is polite to say “bless you” when someone

    sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!

Please be aware that grade deductions for behavioral issues as noted above may be as significant as 15% of the final grade. Numbers 3, 5 and 6 are especially rude, and may result in an immediate 1% grade deduction for each occurrence. Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action by the college.

Physics Labs


Failure in the lab, defined as getting lower than 60% of the lab points, will result in failure in the course.

For the labs that have experiments, you will turn in the data sheets from last week’s lab, and these data sheets will be worth 30 points.

Data sheets are due on the next scheduled lab, at the beginning of the lab period. Labs turned in any time after this will be considered late.

Format for the Data Sheets for “Wet Labs”

1. You must print the correct data sheet from D2L and bring this to lab with you.

2.  Data sheets must be filled out neatly and completely.

2.  If there any questions that require a written response, the answers must have correct grammar.

     Also, the answers should be thoroughly thought out. Effort counts! Many students lose points

      on this due to poor effort.

3. Only turn in the data sheet; do not turn in the introduction or procedure.

4. Make sure all blanks are filled in.

5. When you do calculations, make sure you use the correct number of significant figures.

6.  If the data sheet has more than one page, the pages must be stapled.

Rules for “Dry” Labs

1. You might be given the answers to the problems. If you are, you will be expected to show

     your work in obtaining the answers.

2. You are encouraged to work in groups and help each other. I will also be happy to help you.

3. Solutions must be written on a separate sheet of paper. If you use more than one sheet of

     paper, they must be stapled together.

4. Solutions must be neatly written. If I cannot read your work, you will not get credit.

Rules for the Problem-Solving Sessions

1. You must spend at least 1 hour working on these in the lab.

2. You must be present on the day the lab is held to get credit for these.

3. If you are not done after 1 hour, you may finish them at home. They are then due the next  

    class period. After this, they are subject to a possible point deduction.

4. You might be given the answers to the exercises. If you are, you will be expected to show your

    work in obtaining the answers.

5. You are encouraged to work in groups and help each other. I will also be happy to help you.

6. Solutions must be written on a separate sheet of paper. If you use more than one sheet of

     paper, they must be stapled together.

7. Solutions must be neatly written. If I cannot read your work, you will not get credit.

Lab Assessment

Lab Assessment consists of any combination of lab skills you will be asked to perform individually, and/or written questions and/or calculations.

Laboratory Safety

The safety rules and regulations will be explained during the first lab period. You are required to follow these guidelines when in the laboratory.  Failure to comply with proper safety practices could result in a deduction of as much as 15 points from your lab report.

PHYS 1111

Lab Schedule

Fall 2014

Week 1: 8/18….Scientific Measurement

Week 2: 8/25….Graphing Experimental Data

Week 3: 9/1…….Labor Day – No Lab


Week 4: 9/8…..... Review for Exam1; Exam 1 Problem-Solving Session

Week 5: 9/15…….Estimation

Week 6: 9/22…….Motion at Constant Velocity

Week 7: 9/29…....Force Table


Week 8: 10/6……. Review for Exam 2; Exam 2 Problem-Solving Session

Week 9: 10/13 …..Fall Break – No Lab

Week 10: 10/20…….Free Fall


Week 11: 10/27……. Review for Exam 3; Exam 3 Problem-Solving Session

Week 12: 11/3….....Projectile Motion

Week 13: 11/10…..Conservation of Energy

Week 14: 11/17…...Review for Lab Assessment

Week 15: 11/24……Lab Assessment


Week 16: 12/1........ Review for Exam 4; Exam 4 Problem-Solving Session

Week 17: 12/8........No Lab

COURSE EVALUATIONS:  Course evaluations are completed (online via COAST) by the student during the specified time period before final exams.


Academic Honesty Policy

Academic honesty is expected at all times.  

 A student shall not cheat or be dishonest in any way in his/her academic work. Examples of such dishonesty would include but not be limited to plagiarizing materials presented as the student’s own work, including failure to cite materials in a manner approved by the faculty, obtaining or attempting to obtain any course materials in an unauthorized fashion, providing course quiz, examination, or other materials from graded class activities in an unauthorized manner to another student.  The faculty may exact penalties for instances of academic dishonesty.  Further details on academic dishonesty are addressed in the college catalog.

Student Conduct Policy

Students at CCGA are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and to pursue their studies with integrity.  By enrolling at CCGA, students agree to comply with the College’s rules and regulations.  The College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.  For further information, refer to the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices Policy

The carrying and use of personal electronic devices (cell phones, IPods, laptops, etc.) are allowed on the campuses of CCGA. The use of these devices must not disrupt the functions of the College overall and its classrooms and laboratories.  Faculty members also may have strict individual course policies related to personal electronic devices outlined in their syllabi in order to provide and maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.  If personal electronic devices are used inappropriately for the purposes of cheating or academic dishonesty, students who do so will be penalized appropriately under the Academic Honesty policy of College of Coastal Georgia. See complete policy in the College Catalog.

Withdrawal Policy

Students may withdraw from a course before the published deadline in the Academic Calendar on the CCGA website.  The student will receive a grade of “W”  or “WF” depending on the determination of the course instructor, the course grade at the time and the circumstances of the withdrawal.  It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw. Students who stop attending class without formally withdrawing will receive a final grade of “F”, which will appear on the transcript, be included in the GPA, and may affect your financial aid.  Refer to the CCGA catalog for further details.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services coordinates and provides a variety of services for students with physical and learning disabilities.  Qualified students with documented disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.   Students who need information should contact the Director of Counseling and Student Support, located in the Andrews Student Services Building, 2nd floor. Camden students may get information from the Student Services coordinator at Camden. For more information, call (912) 279-5802 (Brunswick) or 912-510-3300 (Camden).  For further information refer to the College Catalog.

Tobacco Free Campus Policy

The College of Coastal Georgia prohibits the use of tobacco products on any property owned, leased, or controlled by CCGA.  All faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, contractors, and all others are prohibited from using any tobacco products i.e. cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc while on CCGA property.

Children on Campus Policy 

        It is the goal of College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all students. Bringing children to the classroom is not permissible under most circumstances. Children must not be left unattended at any time on campus. If an emergency arises which requires a student to bring an underage child (defined as any child under the age of sixteen who is not a CCGA student enrolled in credit courses) to campus, the child must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times.  For further information refer to the College Catalog.

Syllabus Addendum

Academic Honesty Policy

Rules For Exams and Lab Assessments

Academic misconduct or dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism is not permitted. The first offense of academic misconduct/dishonesty will result in a grade of zero on the assignment which a student is caught cheating/plagiarizing. The second offense of academic misconduct/dishonesty will result in failure of the class.

The use of graphing (alphanumeric) calculators will not be allowed on exams. Only scientific calculators are allowed and the backs must be removed. All calculators may be inspected by the instructor.

Exam time is strictly limited to 90 minutes, or to the classroom period. Lab assessment time is strictly limited to the classroom period. In particular, the exam will end when the class ends and the lab assessment will end when the lab ends.  If you are late, you will NOT be given extra time. If there are multiple stations, the instructor reserves the right to set strict time limits you may spend at a station.

You must turn in your exam at the end of the classroom period. Failure to do so will result in a 15-point deduction from your test score.

Use of a cell phone or any other electronic device, notes, the text, or another students work during the exam is considered cheating and will result in failure of the exam for the first offense and failure from the course for the second offense.

Cell phones and all other electronic devices, textbooks, notes, bookbags, purses, etc. must placed at the front of the room before the exam begins. Possession of any of these items during an exam is considered cheating and will result in failure of the exam for the first offense and failure from the course for the second offense. You may pick up your personal items after turning in your exam.

Please try to avoid this situation, but if you must go to the restroom, please ask for permission before leaving the room. You must leave everything including your cell phone and all other person items in the classroom.

Taking an exam early will only be permitted if you are going out of town for a college-sponsored event, like an away athletic event.

The instructor reserves the right to give as many different versions of the exam as necessary to both in-class and testing center students. In particular, if you take an exam early or take an exam in the testing center, you will almost certainly receive a version of the exam that is completely different than students taking the exam in the classroom.

The instructor reserves the right to re-seat you on the day of exams.

No testing accommodations will be provided unless you have a letter from disability services. The letter must be for the current semester.

Rules for Setting up Accommodations

Present your accommodation letter to the instructor and set up an appointment with the instructor to discuss how your accommodations will be carried out. This must be done at least two weeks prior to the first assignment for which accommodations will be required.

At the meeting between the instructor and the student an agreement will be made as to how each assignment/exam will be accommodated including the date, time, location, etc. for each exam or other assignment. This agreement will be put into writing and both the instructor and the student will sign and date the agreement.

If exams are to be taken at the testing center, all of the pink forms for all of the exams must be presented at the initial meeting between the faculty and the student. These will be completed in a timely manner by the instructor after an agreement is arranged.

All the rules stated in the original syllabus and this addendum will apply and will be strictly enforced at the testing center.

Rules for Using the Testing Center

The use of the testing center must be approved by the instructor.

You must agree to be proctored. Video surveillance is not acceptable.

You must take the exam on the same day as the rest of the class.    

You must take the exam as closely as possible to the in-class time that the exam is given. Exact start and end times must be approved by the instructor.

Once an end time for an exam has been agreed upon, it is fixed. If you show up late for the exam, you will NOT get extra time.

You must turn in your exam at the appointed end time. Failure to do so will result in a 15-point deduction from your test score.

Syllabus Addendum

Preparing for the MCAT2015 Exam

For more information:


The new MCAT exam will be first administered in the spring of 2015. The first examinees to take the MCAT 2015 Exam will be those who apply to medical school in the fall of 2016. This test has four main sections:

I. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Things

II. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

III. Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior

IV. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

The section on chemical and physical foundations of biological systems consists of two foundational concepts:

Foundational Concept 4: Complex living organisms transport materials, sense their environment, process signals, and respond to changes using processes that can be understood in terms of physical principles.

The content categories for this foundational concept are:

4A. Translational motion, forces, work, energy, and equilibrium in living systems

4B. Importance of fluids for the circulation of blood, gas movement, and gas exchange

4C. Electrochemistry and electrical circuits and their elements

4D. How light and sound interact with matter

4E. Atoms, nuclear decay, electronic structure, and atomic chemical behavior

Foundational Concept 5: The principles that govern chemical interactions and reactions form the basis for a broader understanding of the molecular dynamics of living systems.

The content categories for this foundational concept include

5A. Unique nature of water and its solutions

5B. Nature of molecules and intermolecular interactions

5C. Separation and purification methods

5D. Structure, function, and reactivity of biologically-relevant molecules

5E. Principles of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics

The physics content is all in foundational concept 4, and we will probably not be able to cover all the relevant topics in this class. Thus, to be fully prepared for this exam, you will need to learn some of these topics on your own. However, I can help you with this material outside of class. Perhaps I can be the most help to you if we use the same textbook to learn the missing the information. So I would suggest you purchase the following book:

College Physics by Serway, Vuille, and Faughn, the 8th Edition.

Brooks Cole Publishing, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0-495-38693-3

ISBN-10: 0-495-38693-6

Amazon has some used copies available. You can also purchase a new copy from Amazon, or straight from the publisher:


(I can send you an email with this link if you do not want to try and type that hideously long URL.)

I also suggest this specific book because I have a complete solutions manual for all the questions and problems in this book, which could be very helpful to us if you are having difficulties with a specific problem.

On the next page I have listed the specific topics from the foundational concepts that we will probably not get to this year, along with the corresponding chapters in the above textbook. In a couple of cases, the topics are not in the book. For those topics, I either have a handout or I can make a handout, if you want one.

Content Category 4A: Translational motion, forces, work, energy, and equilibrium in living systems

Mechanical Advantage – I have never seen any college textbook that has this topic in it, but I have a handout.

Content Category 4B: Importance of fluids for the circulation of blood, gas movement, and gas exchange

Fluids (Chapter 9, “Solids and Fluids”)

1. Density, specific gravity

2. Buoyancy, Archimedes Principle

3. Hydrostatic Pressure

         a. Pascal’s Law

         b. Hydrostatic pressure equation:

4. Viscosity: Poiseulle Flow

5. Continuity Equation:

6. Bernoulli’s Equation

7. Venturi effect, pitot tube

NOTE: The Venturi effect is called the Venturi tube in this chapter.

             The pitot tube is not covered, but I can make up a handout.

Content Category 4D: How light and sound interact with matter

Sound (Chapter 14, “Sound”)

1. Production of Sound

2. Relative Speed of Sound in solids, liquids, and gases

3. Intensity of Sound, decibel units, log scale

4. Attenuation (Damping)

5. Doppler Effect; moving sound source or observer, reflection of sound from a moving object

6. Pitch

7. Resonance in pipes and strings

8. Ultrasound

9. Shock Waves

NOTE: I am assuming that attenuation means the decrease in intensity with distance, which is discussed in section 14.5, “Spherical and Plane Waves”)

NOTE: Pitch is only discussed in Tip 14.5 on page 487. I can probably make a more detailed handout on this subject.

NOTE: Ultrasound is discussed in section 14.2, “Characteristics of Sound Waves”

NOTE: Shock Waves are discussed on Page 472.

Light, Electromagnetic Radiation  

    (Chapter 21, “Alternating-Current Circuits and Electromagnetic Waves” )

    (Chapter 24, “Wave Optics”)

1. Concept of Interference; Young Double-Slit Experiment

2. Thin films, diffraction grating, single-slit diffraction

3. Other diffraction phenomena, X-ray diffraction

4. Polarization of Light: linear and circular

5. Properties of Electromagnetic Radiation

    a. Velocity equals constant , in vacuo

    b. Electromagnetic radiation consists of perpendicularly oscillating electric and magnetic

        fields; direction of propagation is perpendicular to both

6. Classification of Electromagnetic Spectrum. Photon Energy

7. Visual Spectrum, Color

Geometrical Optics

    (Chapter 22, “Reflection and Refraction of Light”)

    (Chapter 23, “Mirrors and Lenses”)

    (Chapter 25, “Optical Instruments”)

1. Reflection from a plane surface: angle of incidence equals angle of reflection

2. Refraction, refractive index , Snell’s Law:

3. Dispersion, change of index of refraction with wavelength

4. Conditions for total internal reflection

5. Spherical Mirrors

    a. Center of curvature

    b. focal length

    c. real and virtual images

6. Thin Lenses

     a. Converging and Diverging Lenses

     b. Use of the formula

              with sign conventions

       c. Combination of Lenses

7. Lens Aberration

8. Optical Instruments, including the human eye