General Physics I


  2. A. Course Title: General Physics I
    B. Course Number: PH 114 - 30283
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 7:59:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Keranen, Joel
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 232
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2820
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:45:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 3:30:00 PM-7:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 10:45:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Other office hours by appointment. I answer email and Canvas messages within 24 hours on weekdays.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113 and MA123 or consent of instructor.
    M. Corequisite(s): PH114L (General Physics Laboratory)
    N. Class Location: HH127

    The course content involves the principles of mechanics and heat. This course meets the requirements of pre-medical, pre-dental, and technician majors. Concurrent enrollment in PH114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisites: MA 113 and MA 123 or consent of instructor.


    This course is designed for non-engineering majors, e.g., pre-dental and pre-med. It is designed to sharpen your scientific critical thinking skills. Transfers to most four year colleges and universities. Will not transfer to engineering majors.



    1) Title: College Physics, Digital Access and Print, 11th Edition
    Author: Raymond A. Serway & Chris Vuille
    ISBN: 9781337741637
    Edition: 11th 2018
    Publisher: Cengage Learning

    Notes: College Physics, Hybrid, 11th Edition includes Enhanced WebAssign Homework and eBook LOE Printed Access Card for Multi Term Math and Science. This card is required for the course.

    2) Ranking Task Exercises in Physics, O'Kuma, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall 2004 ISBN: 978-0131448513

    3) Physics Laboratory Manual: Real Time Physics Active Learning Laboratories by Sokoloff, Thornton, & Laws, ISBN 978-0-470-76892-1 Wiley 2012

    4) Physics Science Pack

    5) Scientific Calculator


    Ruler and protractor.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY • Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    90 - 100% = A

    80 - 89% = B

    70 - 79% = C

    60 - 69% = D

    0 - 59% = F

    Grading Weights:

    Attendance = 4%
    HW, Journals, and Quizzes = 20% (Homework = 12%, Journals =4%, and Quizzes = 4%)
    3 Exams = 36%
    Laboratory = 20%
    Final Exam = 20%
    Total Possible = 100%

    Attendance:A grade is awarded for attendance in this class. Roll will be taken through a sign in sheet; if you fail to sign in you are considered absent. You will be given a 1 for attendance each day. If you are tardy, (15 min. late), or leave early the grade will drop to a ˝ and if you do not show up, you will receive a grade of 0 for that day. (IF YOU ARE LATE FOR A Legitimate REASON, YOU NEED TO SHOW THE INSTRUCTOR A DOCUMENTED EXCUSE!) School sponsored activities, illness, and emergencies will not count against attendance if proper notification from Professor/Coach/Doctor/Parent/Etc. is given. All unexcused absences will cost you points. Students who have zero (unexcused) absences will be allowed to drop their lowest exam score and replace it with their highest exam score!

    Homework: The student will submit weekly homework assignments via the
    WebAssign Homework and eBook LOE Printed Access Card for Multi Term Math and Science. This card is required for the course.

    Weekly textbook homework exercise assignments will be given online in WebAssign. Do the required problems for each chapter, as instructed. To access these you need to sign up to PH114 General Physics in the WebAssign website.

    To Register for WebAssign, please follow these steps.

    Steps for Student Registration to WebAssign and Course Section General Physics I - PH 114

    Steps for Student Registration to WebAssign and Course General Physics I – PH114

    Step 1: Open the website:

    Step 2: In the upper right hand corner, you will see a grey box with

    white letters “ENTER CLASS KEY”. Click on this box.

    Step 3: You will see the web page with Enroll with Class Key”. Enter 4 characters for each box of the class key. Enter this class key:

    To Be Announced

    Step 4: Verify the correct course. It should be:

    Course: General Physics I – PH114
    Instructor: Joel Keranen
    New Mexico Junior College

    If you see this then click the red box that says “YES, THIS IS MY CLASS”.

    Step 5: If you do not have any WebAssign account, the select the button that states:

    I need to create a WebAssign account.

    If you have a WebAssign account then select: I already have a WebAssign account.

    Click the red box with “CONTINUE”.

    Step 6: Fill in your login information and your student information. Be sure to remember your password and store it in a safe place for future reference. When you are finished, then click on: “CREATE MY ACCOUNT”.

    Step 7: The text you purchased at the NMJC Bookstore will have an access code.

    Step 7a: Login to WebAssign.

    Step 7b: Select enter an access code.

    Step 7c: Select your access code prefix.

    Step 7d: Enter your access code and click Continue.

    Note: You will be given a 14 day grace period to enter your access code.

    Journals: Journals will be required for text sections as assigned. The format of a journal entry is as follows:
    Title A) Main purpose(s) of this section. B) The most important information and concepts are . . . C) Muddiest point: what do you find most confusing about this section? D) Examples: give two solved example problems of this section. They do not have to be complicated problems.

    Biographical journals will have a format as follows: Title A) Biography of the scientist (should deal with physics!) B) The most important theory(ies) of the scientist is/are . . . C) How do you think this scientist has impacted our world?

    Quizzes: Quizzes may be given at any time. Always be prepared for a pop quiz. Take-home quizzes will also be given. Quizzes will be part of the homework grade.

    Exams: All exams will be given online in the Testing Center. Testing Center staff will log you on for the tests. Tests will be given over afive day period. The dates will be announced in class, and online in emails and announcements. Make-up exams will be given only for excused absences with notice.
    * On test days the students will be allowed to use notes on the exam!

    Laboratory Policies: Laboratory attendance is required. You should bring a straight edge and a scientific calculator to lab. A lab report is due at the beginning of the following week's lab. The following shows the required format of a report: Title: Example: Electric Field Mapping. Introduction: State briefly what the goal of the experiment is. Use future tense. Examples: The purpose of this experiment is to demonstrate the vector nature of electric fields. We will measure the length of a table. Procedure: Explain the steps you took in order to perform the experiment. In this part of the lab, use diagrams to show equipment used. Use past tense here and for the remainder of the lab. Example: A setup consisting of two voltmeters, conducting paper, two electrodes, wires, and probe, was used to map voltage lines and electric fields. Figure 1 shows the apparatus. Etc...... Data: In this part of the lab, show the data you obtained from the experiment. This is the place for tabulated data. Place data tables here. Analysis: State your result. State how you obtained your result. The result is obtained either by the use of a formula or by graphing. Show all graphs and calculations here. Error Analysis: Calculate the error of your result. This is performed either by use of a formula or graph. The graphical method would appear on a graph(s) of the preceding section. Conclusion: State briefly what was done in the lab and the result obtained. Example: A curved track and video camera was used to measure the acceleration due to gravity. We found the value of g to be 9.78 +/- 0.30 m/s^2. The accepted value is 9.80 m/s^2, giving experimental agreement. Each lab is worth 10 points. The lab report is worth 5 out of the ten points. Properly filled out data sheets are worth 5 points. The data sheets should be placed at the back of the report. The report should be typed on a computer.
    Pre-lab: Pre-labs are due at the beginning of the lab. You will be told if a pre-lab is required for next week’s lab. The format of a pre-lab is as follows: Title
    Main Purpose
    Key Concepts

    It is recommended that you keep your homework, journals, and quizzes organized in a three-ring binder and have them with you each class session, so that you are prepared to ask questions about the homework, and for use in exam preparation.

    Final Exam: The Final Examination will be a comprehensive exam with a greater emphasis on the untested material. Typically, the PH114 final has 40% of the content as already tested material, and 60% of the content is untested material. * You will be allowed to use notes on the Final Exam.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

    • Communication
      • Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
      • Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      • Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
      • Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
      • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
    • Self and Community
      • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
      • Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
      • Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.

    The course content of PH114 supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    Students who are successful in General Physics should be able to:

    Apply scientific notation and perform mathematical operations using powers of ten.
    ● Use vectors to solve certain physics problems, and resolve vectors into components.
    ● Convert between systems of units.
    ● Analyze and apply principles of right-triangle trigonometry.
    ● Discriminate between a scalar and a vector.

    ● Perform calculations using the rules of significant figures.

    ● Draw motion diagrams to analyze and solve motion problems.

    ● Analyze and solve one-dimensional kinematics problems involving distance, speed, position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration.

    ● Examine and solve one and two dimensional kinematics problems for the case of constant acceleration.

    ● Use graphs to interpret the motion of one and two dimensional kinematics problems.
    ● Demonstrate Newton’s three laws of motion and explain the physics of these laws.

    ● Explain how force and motion are related.

    ● Solve problems by use of Newton’s laws of motion.
    ● Sketch free-body diagrams with forces.

    ● Use free body diagrams to solve problems involving Newton’s laws of motion.

    ● Use Newton’s second and third laws of motion to solve mechanics problems.

    ● Demonstrate and solve force problems with friction introduced.
    ● Explain torque.

    ● Draw a rigid body diagram for torque.
    ● Solve problems involving torque.
    ● Analyze and solve rigid-body statics problems involving torque and force.
    ● Examine and solve problems involving earth’s gravitational field.
    ● Calculate or measure the location of the center of gravity of simple objects.
    ● Analyze and solve circular motion problems (centripetal force).

    ● Explain and demonstrate work.

    ● Analyze and solve work problems.

    ● Explain and demonstrate energy.

    ● Examine and solve energy problems.

    ● Demonstrate the relationship between work and energy: The work energy theorem.
    ● Analyze and solve work and energy problems.

    ● Explain the different types of energy.

    ● Demonstrate how work is done on a system or by a system.

    ● Draw work and energy bar charts for a system.

    ● Analyze and solve work and energy problems with friction introduced.

    ● Explain energy conservation.
    Examine and solve problems involving energy conservation of a system.

    ● Explain and demonstrate momentum conservation.

    ● Define impulse and momentum.

    ● Demonstrate the relationship between momentum and force.

    ● Define the relationship between momentum and energy.

    ● Analyze and solve problems involving momentum and energy conservation.

    ● Solve momentum and impulse problems.

    ● Solve problems involving force and momentum.

    ● Solve momentum conservation problems.

    ● Solve problems involving angular speed and angular acceleration.

    ● Solve constant angular acceleration problems.

    ● Demonstrate the relation between angular and linear quantities.

    ● Solve problems involving Newtonian gravitation and centripetal acceleration. Demonstrate centripetal acceleration.

    ● Demonstrate Kepler's laws of motion.

    ● Solve rotational dynamics problems.

    ● Define rotational kinetic energy.

    ● Demonstrate the relation between torque and angular acceleration.

    ● Define angular momentum. Solve conservation of angular momentum problems

    ● Demonstrate a working definition of temperature.

    ● Demonstrate the relationship between temperature and internal energy.

    ● Explain heat and energy flow.

    ● Define internal energy.

    ● Demonstrate the mechanical equivalent of heat.

    ● Define specific heat.

    ● Analyze and solve temperature and heat problems.

    ● Solve calorimetry problems.

    Define latent heat and phase changes.

    ● Solve latent heat with phase changes problems.

    ● Define the laws of thermodynamics.

    ● Solve problems involving the laws of thermodynamics.

    ● Solve problems involving linear and volume expansion.

    ● Solve ideal gas problems.

    ● Demonstrate the kinetic theory of gases.

    ● Solve heat engine and efficiency problems.

    ● Describe thermal processes.

    ● Demonstrate the processes of heat transfer.

    ● Explain the behavior of fluids.

    ● Demonstrate fluid flow.

    ● Solve simple fluids problems.

    ● Perform classroom explorations in physics.
    ● Perform laboratory experiments of various physical phenomena.
    ● Use data analysis in class and lab.
    ● Perform error analysis in lab.
    ● Use computers in class and lab to analyze physics concepts.
    ● Write Reports for communications skills in science.



    If you are having problems you are encouraged to come see me during my office hours, and there are tutors available, free of charge, in Mansur Hall, Room 124. Contact them at 575.492.2623 for the free tutoring. You can get additional help for free online with Brainfuse at See the handout for more details. Also feel free to call me for help or see me for other methods of assistance. It is very important for you to seek help if you are having trouble.

    1) Cheating will not be tolerated.
    2) All students in this classroom are adults and will act as such. Disruptions in the class will not be tolerated. First Offense: student will be given a verbal warning. Second Offense: student will be asked to leave the room and lose attendance point for that day. Third Offense: a conference with the Dean will be necessary before the student may return to class.
    3) Cell phones and pagers will be turned off while you are in the classroom.



    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2016. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  15. COURSE OUTLINE • This outline for General Physics, is a tentative outline that is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor

    This outline for General Physics, is a tentative outline that is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. 






    Introduction to the Course and Chapter 1: Introduction

    Introduciton: Lab Safety

    Packing Fraction and Estimation

    Submit a discussion introducing your self to the class.

    Submit a discussion on the importance of Physics.

    Do a Short Exam

    Register to WebAssign and do a short homework.


    Chapter 1:  Introduction

    Chapter 2:  Motion in One Dimension

    Measurements and Significant Figures

    Chapter 1 in WebAssign

    Scientific Method Quiz

    Ancient Scientist Journal


    Chapter 2:  Motion in One Dimension

    Chapter 3:  Two Dimensional Motion

    Acceleration and Gravity

    Chapter 2 in WebAssign

    Journal:  Galileo Galilei

    Discussion:  Motion in Professional Sports


    Chapter 3:  Two Dimensional Motion

    Chapter 4:  The Laws of Motion

    Two Dimensional Motion

    Chapter 3 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Projectile Motion in Sports and the Military


    Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, & 3)




    Chapter 4:  The Laws of Motion

    Chapter 5:  Energy

    Linear Motion and Newton’s Second Law

    Chapter 4 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Newton’s Laws of Motion in Professional Sports

    Journal:  Isaac Newton


    Chapter 5:  Energy

    Chapter 6:  Momentum and Collisions

    Coefficient of Friction

    Chapter 5 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Examples of Work and Energy Transformations


    Chapter 6:  Momentum and Collisions

    Chapter 7:  Rotational Motion and the Law of Gravity

    Conservation of Energy

    Chapter 6 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Momentum and Collisions in Automobiles

    Journal:  Robert H. Goddard



    Exam 2 (Chapters 4, 5, & 6)




    Chapter 7:  Rotational Motion and the Law of Gravity

    Momentum and Newton’s Third Law

    Chapter 7 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Satellite Orbits

    Journal:  Johannes Kepler


    Chapter 8:  Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics


    Chapter 8 in WebAssign

    Discussion:  Angular Momentum


    Chapter 9:  Solids and Fluids (9.1-9.5)

    Centripetal Acceleration of an Object in Circular Motion

    Chapter 9 A in WebAssign

    Journal on Archimedes

    Discussion:  Importance of Stress/Strain Analysis in Engineering Infrastructure


    Chapter 9:  Solids and Fluids (9.6-9.10)

    Rolling Objects and Rotational Motion

    Chapter 9 B in WebAssign

    Discussion:  How Airplanes get Lift and How Balloons go up


    Exam 3 (Chapters 7, 8, & 9)




    Chapter 10:  Temperature & Thermal Expansion (Sections 1, 2, & 3)

    Solids and Density

    Chapter 10 in WebAssign

    Journal on Lord Kelvin

    Discussion:  Expansion Joints in Structures



    Chapter 10:  Temperature & Thermal Expansion (Sections 4 & 5)

    Chapter 11: Energy in Thermal Processes (Sections 1 & 2)

    Archimedes' Principle

    Chapter 10 & 11 Homework in WebAssign


    Chapter 11: Energy in Thermal Processes (Sections 3-5)

    Heat Transfer

    Chapter 11 in WebAssign

    Journal on James Joule



    Chapter 12:  The Law of Thermodynamics

    Specific Heat of Metals

    Chapter 12 in WebAssign

    Journal on Sadi Carnot

    Discussion on Perpetual Motion



    Final Exams

    TBA in HH127