Allan Garvin

Room 205 875-2146 x 212

Course Description:

Physics is a course that explores the laws that govern matter in the physical world. We will examine the principles of motion and Newton’s Laws, momentum, energy, heat, fluid dynamics, sound, waves, and light in problem-based, conceptual, and experimental formats. Students will be expected to apply mathematical concepts and measurement to solve problems in theoretical and laboratory settings.

Class Content:

· One and Two Dimensional Motion

· Laws of Motion

· Energy

· Momentum

· Rotational Motion

· Solids and Fluids

· Thermodynamics

· Vibrations and Waves

· Electricity

Class Format:

The information in this class will be presented in a variety of formats. We will have readings, lecture, discussions, demonstrations, labs, and projects. Physics is a cumulative subject that requires that you stay current with the new concepts and ideas presented in class. Class participation is a vital part of this process.

Grading Policies:

Quarter grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exams – 30 %
  • Quizes – 15%
  • Homework – 25%
  • Labs and Projects – 30%

Semester Grade will broken down as follows:

  • Quarter 1 – 45 %
  • Quarter 2 – 45 %
  • Final Exam – 10%

Late work will lose 10% each day it is late and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the due date to receive any credit. Any work missed due to an EXCUSED ABSENCE may be made up for FULL CREDIT provided it is submitted within a reasonable time period (this will depend on the extent of the absence).

Tests and Quizzes:

Test will be given at the conclusion of each major unit (this may include several chapters of the book).

Quizzes will be given on a more frequent basis. The purpose of the quiz is to let you know if you understand the current material before the test.


Homework is your opportunity to practice the new Physics skills you learned in class. You didn’t learn to walk by listening to someone tell you how or by reading it out of a book, you had to try it yourself. You might have fallen on your rear end a lot, but eventually most of you became really good at it because you kept practicing.

You will be expected to have homework completed by the next class period (reminder: see late work policy). All homework must have the following information written clearly at the top of the page.

  • Your name
  • The chapter and section number (3-1 for chapter 3 section 1)
  • The problem numbers that you were assigned (example: 2,4,6-10,23)

To receive credit for your homework, you must show ALL of your work all of the time. The answers to the homework problems will be provided so you know if you did them correctly. Keep trying until you get them right.

Labs and Projects:

Physics is a hands-on science. Laboratory exercises will provide an opportunity for the application of your skills and knowledge. The lab format will vary according to the desired outcome and may include observation and computation labs, computer based lab, hypothesis testing, or proof of concept projects.

Required Materials:

The following items are required for this class. It is expected that you have them with you everyday.

· Folder or binder – to keep notes and handouts

· Paper

· Pencil

· Scientific calculator – this does not need to be a graphing calculator

· Textbook – this will be issued to you


We will use the following resources during the year:

· Textbook: College Physics, 8th Edition (2008) by Serway and Vuille

· Web resource:

Center for Teaching and Learning – Algebra Based Physics class -