PHYS 2425
University Physics I

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:   Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving. Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in lecture involving the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion and physical systems; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports.
    2. Any required prerequisites:  Students must make a C or better in Math 2413 (Calculus I).
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration.
    2. Solve problems involving forces and work.
    3. Apply Newton's laws to physical problems.
    4. Identify the different types of energy.
    5. Solve problems using principles of conservation of energy.
    6. Define the principles of impulse, momentum, and collisions.
    7. Use principles of impulse and momentum to solve problems.
    8. Determine the location of the center of mass and center of rotation for rigid bodies in motion.
    9. Discuss rotational kinematics and dynamics and the relationship between linear and rotational motion.
    10. Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion.
    11. Define equilibrium, including the different types of equilibrium.
    12. Discuss simple harmonic motion and its application to real-world problems.
    13. Solve problems involving the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
    14. Prepare laboratory reports that clearly communicate experimental information in a logical and scientific manner.
    15. Conduct basic laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
    16. Relate physical observations and measurements involving classical mechanics to theoretical principles.
    17. Evaluate the accuracy of physical measurements and the potential sources of error in the measurements.
    18. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of classical mechanics.
    19. Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving classical mechanics.
  3. Testing Requirements – Online Students Only
    1. Students are required to have their midterm and final exam proctored by an approved testing organization.   
    2. Students are allowed to use their book, notes and calculator while testing. Students are NOT allowed to use cell phones or access the internet during the exam.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1.  There will be 3 major chapter exams.
    2.  There will be a comprehensive final exam.
  5. Grading System
    1. See the First Day Handout for the percentages of the average in this course and the letter 
      grade breakdown for the final grade.
  6. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Book: University Physics, 14th edition, Volume 1, Young and Freeman ISBN 9780321973610. Since the homework will come from WebAssign, in order to save money, older editions of the text are acceptable.  
    2. LabPaq kit will be REQUIRED You will need to purchase a LabPaq kit from the WTC Bookstore or Hands-On Labs,   LP-2232-PK-01, Code: PK-1
    3. WebAssign will be REQUIRED  (this will require a credit card ~$30.00) to 
    4. Calculators:  Required.
  7. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities.
  8. Topics for this course
      1. Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors                           
      2. Motion Along a Straight Line                                            
      3. Motion in Two or Three Dimensions                               
      4. Newton’s Law of Motion                                                    
      5. Applying Newton’s Laws                                                    
      6. Work and Kinetic Energy                                                   
      7. Potential Energy and Energy conservation
      8. Momentum, Impulse and Collisions                 
      9. Rotation of Ridged Bodies                                                                 
      10. Dynamics of Rotational Motion                                        
      11. Equilibrium and Elasticity                                   
      12. Fluid Mechanics                                                                  
      13. Gravitation                                                                                           
      14. Periodic Motion
      1. Mechanical Waves                                                                             
      2. Sound and Hearing
      1. Temperature and Heat
      2. Thermal Properties of Matter                                          
      3. The First Law of Thermodynamics
      4. The Second Law of Thermodynamic           


Last Modified: August 24, 2017