Course Number: SCM 201
Course Title: Introduction to Physics

Instructor

Dr. Heric Flores, hflores@apostles.edu, (860) 262-2017

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of the physical science, including the study of motion, Newton’s law of motion, the conservation of energy and momentum, waves, basic concepts of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Every week, the student will be responsible for watching short videos related to the current chapter, reading current chapters from the teacher notes (an average of 10 to 15 pages per week), and solving/handling five simple questions and five simple problems. Also, the student will have to write a brief summary of the current chapters. In addition to that, the student should participate on the discussion board.

Week 1: Introduction. The Study of Motion I

Readings: Introduction, Physical Quantities and Units. Accuracy, Precision and Significant Figures. Kinematics in One Dimension

Week 2: The Study of Motion II

Readings: Kinematics In Two Dimensions. Vectors

Week 3: The Study of Forces

Readings: Force and Newton Laws of Motion.

Week 4: Circular Motion and Gravitation

Readings: Uniform Circular Motion and Its Dynamic. Gravitation.

Week 5: Work and Energy

Readings: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy.

Week 6: Linear Momentum and Rotational Motion

Readings: Conservation of Momentum and Energy. Collisions.

Week 7: Fluids

Readings: Phases of Mater, Density and Pressure.

Week 8: Mid-term exam.

Week 9: Vibration, Waves, Sound

Readings: Wave Motion. Harmonic Motion. Pendulum. Sound

Week 10: Heat and Thermodynamics

Readings: The Laws of Thermodynamics.

Week 11: Electricity

Readings: Electric Charge and Electric Field. Electric Potential Energy. Ohm’s Law. AC and DC circuits.

Week 12: Magnetism

Readings: Magnets, Magnetic Forces and Magnetic Fields. Electromagnetic Induction and Transformers.

Week 13: Light

Readings: The Wave Nature of Light. Waves Versus Particles. Refraction, Reflection, Interference, and Polarization.

Week 14: Quantum Mechanics

Readings: Black Body Radiation. Atomic Models. Wave-Particle View and Its Philosophical Implications.

Week 15: Final exam.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

        College Physics. OpenStax College.

        Free book at: https://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/college-physics

6. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

7. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

8. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

9. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

10. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

To know more about your instructor, please click on the link below (be aware that you need to have a Holy Apostles email to access the website). https://sites.google.com/a/holyapostles.edu/hacs-physics-class/