COURSE TITLE:         College Physics                          YEAR: fall 2016


COURSE & SECTION NUMBER:   PH 154                      TIME & PLACE:  Online







COURSE DESCRIPTION: An algebra-based introduction to the concepts and application of Newton’s Law, linear and rotational motion, work, energy, and momentum, solids and fluids, and heat. Experimental investigation of selected topics.





  1. College Physics, 7th Edition, by Jerry Wilson, Anthony Buffa, and Bo Lou. Addison-Wesley.


All textbooks should be purchased through the Trine University Bookstore to insure that you purchased the correct version/edition of the textbook your instructor requires.  Textbooks may be purchased online at:  Purchasing your textbook through the Trine University Bookstore will also insure that you have the opportunity to utilize financial aid for the purchase of textbooks and supplies.



LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the physics equations and concepts related to the topics listed in the course description
  2. solve quantitative problems involving the physics equations and concepts related to the topics listed in the course description.
  3. draw and/or interpret graphs which illustrate the physics equations and concepts related to the topics listed in the course description.
  4. make measurements using a variety of tools and instruments, record the data in an organized manner, and analyze the data using physics-specific equations, draw graphs, calculate the standard deviation, and perform propagation of error.




Students are expected to complete reading assignments, practice homework, concept checks, discussions, lab simulators for each section covered. The homework is not submitted or graded, but it should be used to prepare for the weekly test.  The concept checks will be graded and worth 10 pts.  Students must answer a real-world question each week in a discussion board.  Discussion posts will be worth 10 points for each week.  Each week you will also have a lab simulator that you will need to complete worth 10 points.  At the end of every week there will be a test in Moodle over the sections covered that week worth 20 pts.  Each student gets 1 attempt on each test and there is a time limit of 120 minutes for each test.  The final will be 80 questions and 240 minutes.  It will include 70 questions from previous tests and 10 questions from unit 8.





ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION:  The average student needs approximately eight to fifteen hours per week to complete the work in an interactive online class.  Discussion posts will be due by 1:00 pm (EST) Sunday of each week.  Tests will open Thursday morning and you are expected to complete the weekly test by 5:00 pm (EST) Sunday of each week.  If the weekly test is not attempted then you have not participated in that week of class and that will be reported for financial aid purposes.


ASSISTANCE :  Feel free to email me any questions and I will get back with you as soon as possible.  Also there will be discussion forums weekly where you can discuss with other classmates, any questions or difficulties that you may have had on the homework for that week.


GRADING/EVALUATION: Student performance will be evaluated based on  200 total points.

Concept Checks                                   8 checks @ 10 pts each            80 pts

Labs                                                     7 Labs  @  10 pts each             70 pts

WEEKLY DISCUSSION                         8 Posts @ 10 pts each 80 pts

WEEKLY TESTS:                                 7 Tests @ 20 pts each  140 pts

FINAL:                                                                                                  80 pts

TOTAL:                                                                                    450 pts


HOMEWORK: is not graded, but essential practice to pass the weekly exams and final.

The grading scale that will be used:

at least 90 percent = A      at least 87 percent = B+

at least 80 percent = B      at least 77 percent = C+

at least 70 percent = C      at least 60 percent = D

under 60 percent = F


Trine Virtual Campus Student Resources

You will find information on the following topics within the course:

Attendance Policy
E-textbook Information (CafeScribe User Guide)
Financial Services (Payment Options, Financial Aid Links, Refund Policy)
Services for Students with Disabilities
Trine Virtual Campus (Academic Calendar, Moodle tutorials, etc.)
Writing Style (APA, MLA)

Carefully review each item and let me know if you have any questions.





The University prohibits all forms of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct refers to dishonesty in examinations (cheating), presenting the ideas or the writing of someone else as one’s own (plagiarism) or knowingly furnishing false information to the University by forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, or identification. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples: permitting another student to plagiarize or cheat from one’s own work, submitting an academic exercise (written work, printing, design, computer program) that has been prepared totally or in part by another, acquiring improper knowledge of the contents of an exam, using unauthorized material during an exam, submitting the same paper in two different courses without knowledge and consent of professors, or submitting a forged grade change slip or computer tampering. The faculty member has the authority to grant a failing grade in cases of academic misconduct as well as referring the case to Student Life.




You are expected to submit your own work and to identify any portion of work that has been borrowed from others in any form. An ignorant act of plagiarism on final versions and minor projects, such as attributing or citing inadequately, will be considered a failure to master an essential course skill and will result in an F for that assignment. A deliberate act of plagiarism, such as having someone else do your work, or submitting someone else’s work as your own (e.g., from the Internet, fraternity file, etc., including homework and in-class exercises), will at least result in an F for that assignment and could result in an F for the course.  Don’t do it!

COURSE CALENDAR/SCHEDULE:  Please refer to the Course Schedule in the Course Information link.




  1. Technology Tools:


  1. Web Access: this course is taught in asynchronous mode, using Moodle. Students will need daily access to a web-accessible computer with a minimum of 56.6k modem speed.  Weekly participation is required.
  2. Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Reader.


  1. Instructor Expectations:


  1. The instructor reserves the right to require proctoring or validation of student’s academic work at the instructor’s discretion.
  2. The instructor reserves the right to change or modify course materials or deadline in response to student feedback or unforeseen circumstances.
  3. The instructor requests that students allow 24 hours to respond to student emails or other forms of contact.
  4. The instructor will attempt to be available during weekdays; however, as balance between family and work is important in everyone’s lives, the instructor reserves the right to be unavailable on weekends.
  5. The instructor requests that the students allow the instructor one week from the date of submission, to post a grade, or provide feedback, on any assignment. (Note: the instructor will make every effort to provide faster turn around time-however, sometimes faster turn around time is not possible.)
  6. The instructor may sometimes be unavailable.  The instructor will always attempt to email and/or post an announcement to the class about any such inconveniences.


  1. Student Guidelines (Expectations):


  1. Refer to the assignment schedule, under course information, in Moodle for all due dates.
  2. Must know how to access their Trine University email account and will use this account for this course unless other arrangements have been made. Check your Trine University email periodically.
  3. Keep a copy of all assignments until the end of the course. Check your gradebook regularly for grades on assignments.
  4. Review and refer to this syllabus, assignment schedule, and the course announcements for all pertinent information.
  5. Participate on a weekly basis in this course via discussion board (optional) postings.
  6. Log in on a regular access via Internet accessible capabilities for this course.
  7. Assume more responsibility (than in a regular face-to-face course) for your learning.
  8. Understand that there are not any “lectures” in this course and students are responsible to read ALL course materials, including emails and announcements from the instructor.



  1. Students with Disabilities:

A student with a disability who plans to request academic adjustments needs to provide Trine University with documentation of his or her disability. This documentation goes to Kathie L. Wentworth, M.Ed., Director, Academic Support Services.

Documentation needs to be current and from a professional source such as a school psychologist, educational diagnostician, a licensed private psychologist, or a medical doctor. If the condition being documented is not stable, the documentation should be less than three years old.

The provision of documentation does not guarantee that the requested academic adjustments will be provided. Trine University reserves the right to select among equally effective and appropriate adjustments that will provide the student with a disability equal access to its programs.

Documentation typically includes a diagnosis of the disability—including the instruments and scores used to determine the disability and the credentials of the person providing the diagnosis, an explanation of how the condition affects the student’s ability to function in an academic setting, examples of academic adjustments that are recommended, and an explanation of how the disability relates to these adjustments. In addition to providing documentation of a disability, the student needs to request academic adjustments.

Academic adjustments implemented depend on the disability of the student. Each circumstance is considered on an individual basis. It is important for the student with a disability to understand that academic adjustments will in no way lower or waive essential requirements of an academic program.

Seven Steps to Complete to Receive Academic Adjustments for a Disability

  • Indicate the need for academic adjustments by notifying Academic Support Services.
  • Complete the Trine University Disability Support Services Application form.*
  • Sign Authorization for Release of Information on the back of the application form.*
  • Provide adequate documentation from a professional source.
  • Qualify for academic adjustments.
  • Complete a conference with Academic Support Services.
  • Schedule appointments with all professors during the first two weeks of the semester.


PH 154

College Physics

Due dates are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor!


Each test opens on Thursday  (Day 4) and closes on Sunday (Day 7).

You may have up to 1 attempt for each test.

Each test closes on Sunday by 5:00 PM (EST).

Discussion Board/ Attendance:

Please make an original post by Wednesday (Day 3).

Make a qualitative reply to a classmate by Friday (Day 5).

Day of the Week Table

Day # Day of week
1 Monday
2 Tuesday
3 Wednesday
4 Thursday
5 Friday
6 Saturday
7 Sunday

Suggested Weekly Schedule:

Day Object 1          Object 2 Object 3
1 Read Assignments Start Homework
2 Read Assignments Start Homework
3 Homework Assignments Original post on  Discussion Board Questions to Instructor
4 Homework Assign & Concept checks


Discussion Board


Test opens
5 Homework Assign & Concept checks


Discussion Board Replies Test open
6 Study more Test open
7 Study more Test closes



Multiple Choice & Exercises: these are not graded, but essential practice to pass the weekly exams, and final project.  The answers are in the back in order for you to try problems that will be similar to ones on your test and concept checks.


Learning Module Topic/Assignment Suggested Days Pts
1 I Measurements and Motion in One Dimension
Read Chapters 1 and 2 1-2
MC (Pg 26) #1-20

MC (Pg 58) #1-20

Ex: (Pg28) #3, 5, 23, 43, 45, 51

Ex:  (Pg 60) #13, 25, 33, 37, 41, 59





Concept Check #1 4-5 10
Lab:  Motion Man – Graphing 4-5 10
DB1 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 1 4-7 20
2 II Vectors and Motion in Two Dimension
Read Chapter 3 1-2
MC (Pg 94)  #1-13

EX: (Pg 96) # 1, 5, 17, 19, 29, 49, 53, 61




Concept Check #2 4-5 10
Lab:  Projection motion 4-5 10
DB2 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 2 4-7 20
3 III Force, Motion, Work, Energy
Read Chapter 4 & 5 1-2
MC (Pg 131) # 1-17

MC (Pg 172) # 1-22

Ex:  (Pg 134) # 5, 13, 33, 43, 65

Ex:  (pg174) #1, 3, 19, 37, 53, 63




Concept Check #3 4-5 10
Power Lab 4-5 10
DB3 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 3 4-7 20
4 IV Linear Momentum & Collisions
Read Chapter 6 1-2
MC:  (Pg 213) # 1-16

Ex: (Pg 215) # 3, 5, 19, 31, 37, 53




Concept Check #4 4-5 10
Momentum and Collision Lab 4-5 10
DB4 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 4 4-7 20
5 V Circular Motion & Gravity
Read Chapter 7 1-2
MC (Pg 258) #1-20

Ex: (Pg 260) # 1, 3, 19, 23, 31





Concept Check #5 4-5 10
DB5 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 5 4-7 20
6 VI Solids & Fluids
Read Chapters  9 1-2
MC: (Pg346) #1-20

Ex: (Pg 349) #3, 23, 25, 45, 57






Concept Check #6 4-5 10
Fluids Lab 4-5 10
DB6 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 6 4-7 20
7 VII Temperature & Heat
Read Chapters 10 -11 1-2
MC: (Pg 380) # 1-15

MC: (Pg 411) # 1-13

Ex: (Pg 382) # 1, 15, 23, 39

Ex:  (Pg 412) #3, 9, 17, 25





Concept Check #7 4-5 10
Calorimetry Lab 4-5 10
DB7 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Test 7 4-7 20
8 VIII Oscillations and Wave Motion
Read Chapters 13 & 14 1-2
MC: (pg 482) # 1-17

MC: (pg 522) #1-17

Ex: (Pg 484) #5, 21, 23, 49

Ex: (pg 523) #1, 25, 31, 55





Concept Check #8 4-5 10
Lab – pendulum 4-5 10
DB8 Post to Discussion Board 3-7 10
Final (including week 8) 4-7 80
    Total points   450



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