Pellissippi State Community College

Master Syllabus

Mechanics and Heat (I)

PHYS 1310

Class Hours:     3

       Credit  Hours:                     4

Lab Hours:       3

Date Revised:       Fall 2011


Catalog Course Description:

 A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and heat. This course covers vectors, Newton’s laws of motion, static and dynamic equilibrium of particles, work and energy, impulse and momentum,  torque and rotational equilibrium, and elasticity.  Course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory applications. On Demand

 Entry Level Standards: Students registering for this course must have a strong background in calculus and trigonometry.

Prerequisite: MTH 1910

Texts:  University Physics, by Harris Benson, Revised Edition

 Lab Manual: Physics 2010 Lab Manual (Available Online)

 I.  Week/Unit/Topic Basis:


 Week        Topics Covered in Group Activity                     Laboratory



Chapter 1, Introduction



1.1 What is Physics?



1.2 Concepts, Models, and Theories



1.3 Units



1.4 Power of Notations and Significant Figures



1.5 Order of Magnitude



1.6 Dimensional Analysis



1.7 Reference Frames & Coordinate Systems






Chapter 2, Vectors



2.1 Scalars and Vectors

Group Experiment #1


2.2 Vector Addition

Density Measurement


2.3 Components and Unit Vectors



2.4 Scalar (Dot) Product



2.5 Vector (Cross) Product



Test 1







Chapter 3, One-Dimensional Kinematics



3.1 Particle Kinematics

Group Experiment #2


3.2 Displacement and Velocity

Addition of Vectors


3.3 Instantaneous Velocity

Graphical Method


3.4 Acceleration



3.5 The Use of Areas



3.6 The Equation Kinematics for Constant Accel.



3.7 Vertical Free-fall



3.8 Terminal Speed






Chapter 4, Inertia and 2-D Motion



4.1 Newton's First Law

Group Experiment #3


4.2 Two-dimensional Motion

Addition of Vectors


4.3 Projectile Motion

Forces (The Force Table)


Test 2






Chapter 4, Continued....



4.4 Uniform Circular Motion

Group Experiment #4


4.5 Inertial Reference Frames

Measurement of "g",


4.6 Relative Velocity

The Acceleration of Gravity


4.7 The Galilean Transformation



4.8 Nonuniform Circular Motion






Chapter 5, Particle Dynamics I



5.1 Force and Mass

Group Experiment #5


5.2 Newton’s Second Law

Centripetal Force


5.3 Weight



5.4 Newton's Third Law



5.5 Applications of Newton's Laws



5.6 Apparent Weight



Test 3






Chapter 6, Particle Dynamics II



6.1 Friction

Group Experiment #6


6.2 Dynamics of Circular Motion

Coeff. of Kinetic Friction


6.3 Satellite Orbits






Chapter 7, Work and Energy



7.1 Work Done by a Constant Force

Group Experiment #7


7.2 Work done by a Variable Force

Newton’s Second Law


7.3 Work-Energy Theorem in One Dimension



7.4 Power



Test 4







Chapter 8, Conservation of Mechanical Energy



8.1 Potential Energy

Group Experiment #8


8.2 Conservative Forces

Conservation of Energy


8.3 Potential Energy and Cons. Forces



8.4 Potential Energy Function



8.5 Conservation of Mechanical Energy



8.6 Mech. Energy and Non-conservative Forces



8.9 Gravitational Potential Energy







Chapter 9, Linear Momentum



9.1 Linear Momentum

Group Experiment #9


9.2 Conservation of Linear Momentum

Conserv. of Linear Momentum


9.3 Elastic Collision in One Dimension



9.4 Impulse



Test 5






Chapter 9, Continued...



9.5 Comparison of L. Momentum with K.E.

Group Problem Session


9.6 Elastic Collision in 2-D



9.7 Rocket Propulsion






Chapter 10, Systems of Particles



10.1 Center of Mass

Group Experiment 10


10.2 Center of Mass of Continuous Bodies

Static Equilibrium of  a Particles


10.3 Motion of Center of Mass

(The Crane Boom)


10.4 Kinetic Energy of a System of Particles



10.5 Work-Energy Theorem for a System of Particles



10.6 Work Done by Friction



Test 6






Chapter 11, Rotation About a Fixed Axis



11.1 Rotational Kinematics

Group Problem Session


11.2 Rotational K.E., Moment of Inertia



11.3 Moment of Inertia of Cont. Bodies






Chapter 11, Continued...



11.4 Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Group Problem Session


11.5 Torque



11.6 Rotational Dynamics of a Rigid Body



11.7 Work and Power






Final Exam Period


  II. Course Goals*:

     The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the principles of physics as basis for their continuation of studies in Science and Medical profession. At work sites, the graduates often need to work with equipment that work by the virtue of physics principles. Examples are traction equipment, X-ray machines, sonogram, blood pressure measurement devices, etc. The examples and problems selected for the course give the students the necessary knowledge and skills to read and analyze scientific data with proper understanding of the units involved and the type of physical quantity measured. The first few chapters lay down the foundation that is absolutely necessary to understand the physical quantities that appear in later chapters and are often seen on equipment used in medicine or industry. On this basis, after finishing this course, students will be able to:



explain Metric and American units and systems and perform various conversions between the two, (The gauges at work sites often use both types of units),(V.1 & V.3)


Describe the motion of a body and calculate the necessary parameters by using equations of motion in a practical situation,(V.1 & V.4)


Analyze force-motion relations in a practical situation ,(V.1 & V.4)


calculate the work done by a force as well as energy calculations and conversion to heat (calories),(V.1 & V.4)


explain different forms of energy and their conversion to each other as well as the Principle of Conservation of Energy in practical situations at work sites,(V.1, V.2, V.3,& V.4)


apply the laws of conservation of energy and momentum, (V.2, V.3,& V.4)


calculate the parameters involved in the motion of a rotating object such as particle separators (centrifugal separating devices),(V.2 & V.4)


apply the laws of fluid pressure and density to measure the necessary parameters in a practical situation at work, (V.1 & V.3)


make temperature measurements in different scales and convert and use them for heat and energy calculations with or without phase change,(V.3)


apply the equations for thermal expansion of solids, liquids, and gases, (V.3)


Describe oscillatory motion by measuring wavelength, amplitude, and the phase of motion of mechanical waves such as sound, (V.1 & V.3)


apply the knowledge of sound parameters such as frequency, wavelength, and in interpreting the signals on measurement devices in sonography and ultrasound, (V.3)


apply the conditions of static equilibrium to find the forces acting on an object in a given situation, (V.1 & V.3) and


use the concept of torque of a force to analyze the static equilibrium of a rigid body. (V.3)


Roman numerals after course goals reference the stipulated outcomes of Natural Science programs under General Education Goals.

  III. Expectations for Student Performance:* 


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


apply the physics concepts to theoretical and practical situations (A through K),


estimate an unknown parameter in a given practical situation by using the physics principles involved, (B, D, E, F, G, H, and I),


recognize and identify the use of equipment and machines from the units used in their gauges, (A),


master energy calculations to estimate energy requirement and feasibility in a given situation, (D, E, and F),


perform necessary conversion between Metric and non-metric units and systems (A),


apply the kinematics equations to describe motion, (B and C),


apply the kinetics equation in force-motion situations (B and C),


calculate the work done, energy involved, and energy conversions in a given problem (D, E, and F),


solve problems involving circular motion as well as torque, energy, and momentum calculations (E, F, and G),


solve temperature and heat problems with or without phase change, (I),


solve problems involving heat effect and thermal expansion in solids, fluids, & gases (J),


solve problems in oscillatory motion in order to find the parameters involved (K and L),


solve and analyze fluid pressure, air pressure, and density problems (H),


apply a vector approach where vector quantities are involved (M),


resolve a vector into two components graphically and analytically (M), and


apply force and torque equilibrium concepts in solving rigid-body problems (M, N, and O).


Capital  letters after Expected Student Learning Outcomes reference the course goals listed above.


  IV.  Evaluation:

 Students are primarily evaluated on the basis of test/quiz type assessments and homework as outlined on the syllabus and supplement distributed by the instructor.



The following formula is used to evaluate the course grade:

Course Grade = (0.75)x(Theory Grade) + (0.25)x(Lab Grade)



Theory Grade = 0.80(Tests + Quizzes + H.W. ) + 0.20(Comprehensive Final)

Tests count (80%), quizzes (10%), and homework (10%).  The number of tests may vary from 5 to 7.  The percentages given for tests, quizzes, and homework may vary depending on the instructor.




Laboratory Grade = (the sum of reports grades) / (the number of the reports).

10 experiments* are designed for the course. Each experiment requires a report that must be at least spell-checked. Procedures for a standard lab report will be given by your instructor.  To avoid a ZERO Laboratory Grade, at least 6 reports must be turned in.  No late lab report(s) will be accepted and there are No Lab Make-ups.


Site Visits: The necessary site visits will be announced as the arrangements are made. Evaluation will be based on of attendance as well as the visit report.


Grading Scale:   (91-100: A),  (87-91: B+),  ( 81-87 : B),  (77-81: C+),  (70-77:C), and (60-70: D)

 V. Policies:

 A. Attendance Policy: Pellissippi State expects students to attend all scheduled in­structional activities. As a minimum, students in all courses (excluding distance learning courses) must be present for at least 75 percent of their scheduled class and laboratory meetings in order to receive credit for the course. Individual departments/programs/disciplines, with the approval of the vice president of the Learning Division, may have requirements that are more stringent. In very specific circumstances, an appeal of the policy may be addressed to the head of the department in which the course was taken. If further action is warranted, the appeal may be addressed to the vice president of the Learning Division.

 B. Academic Dishonesty:  Academic misconduct committed either directly or indirectly by an indi­vidual or group is subject to disciplinary action. Prohibited activities include but are not limited to the following practices:

• Cheating, including but not limited to unauthorized assistance from material, people, or devices when taking a test, quiz, or examination; writing papers or reports; solving problems; or completing academic assignments.

• Plagiarism, including but not limited to paraphrasing, summariz­ing, or directly quoting published or unpublished work of another person, including online or computerized services, without proper documentation of the original source.

• Purchasing or otherwise obtaining prewritten essays, research papers, or materials prepared by another person or agency that sells term papers or other academic materials to be presented as one’s own work.

• Taking an exam for another student.

• Providing others with information and/or answers regarding exams, quizzes, homework or other classroom assignments unless explicitly authorized by the instructor.

• Any of the above occurring within the Web or distance learning environment.


Students who need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated should inform the instructor immediately, privately after class or in her/his office.  Students must present a current accommodation plan from a staff member in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) in order to receive accommodations in this course.  SSWD may be contacted by going to Goins 127, 132, 134, 135, or 131 or by phone: 694-6429 (Voice/TTY) or 539-7153.  More information is available at 

 Emergency College Closing: If for any reason the college has to close for any number of days, it is your responsibility to study and follow the syllabus as if you are attending classes.  You should frequently check your email and follow the instructions given by your instructor as how and when tests will be given.  For laboratory experiments, our existing physics applets on our NBS Website will be used.  You will perform online experiments and email your reports.


Maintaining continuous attendance in your classes is very important.  If you are considering dropping or withdrawing from a course, please check with the Financial Aid Office before doing so.  Dropping or withdrawing from a class can adversely affect your financial aid and/or lottery eligibility.  

 D. Final Exam:  Final Exam must be taken during the Final Exam Week.  No early Final Exam will be given.

 E. Lab Reports: No late lab report will be accepted and there are No Lab Make-ups

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Measurement and Density


Addition of Vectors (Graphical Approach)


Addition of Vectors ( Force Table) 


Measurement of "g", The Acceleration of Gravity


Centripetal Force


Coefficient of Kinetic Friction


Newton’s Second Law 


Conservation of Energy


Conservation of Linear Momentum (Collision in One Dimension)


Static Equilibrium (The Crane Boom)