Introduction to Physics


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Physics
    B. Course Number: PH 114C - 30762
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: 3:00:00 PM-5:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:15:00 AM-11:45:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:15:00 AM-11:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:15:00 AM-11:45:00 AM (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): None.
    M. Corequisite(s): PH114CL.
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This is a survey of mechanics, electricity/magnetism, and modern physics. The conceptual aspects of physics will be explored, as well as the famous scientists and their theories. A minimum amount of mathematics will be used in the course. Real-world experiments and simple lab experiments will make the concepts clearer to the student. This course is for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment in PH114C L (laboratory) is required. This is a four-credit hour course.


    This course will fulfill a science lab requirement for non-science majors. Transfers to most four-year colleges and universities. Check with counseling that this course transfers to your major.



    Textbook: Conceptual Physics Plus MasteringPhysics with eText -- Access Card Package, 12/E ISBN: 978-0-321-93578-6

    Format: Kit/Package/ShrinkWrap This is a package with Mastering Physics, which is required.
    Note: An electronic version of the textbook is included in the package.

    Practice Book for Conceptual Physics, 12/E Hewitt ISBN: 9780321940742

    Calculator: A calculator is required.


    Ruler and Protractor

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    ·  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% 
    Homework, Journals, and Discussions  = 18% (Homework = 12%, Journals = 3%, Discussion = 3%)
    6 Hour Exams = 33% 
    Laboratory = 25%
    Final Exam = 20% 
    Total Possible = 100%

    Attendance: A grade is awarded for attendance in this class. Roll will be taken through your logging in the course. This includes the activities done in the class portion and the lab portion.  You will be given a 1 for each attendance session for the class/discussion portion and a 1 for submitting the lab for the session.  A complete attendance into the class portion consists of the following:  1) Submitting the required discussion and journal postings, 2) Submitting the homework assignment for the week.  A complete attendance into the lab portion consists of submitting the week’s lab assignment.  

          Note:  Simply logging in main course or the lab portion of the course will earn you ˝ point for that class or lab portion.  Submission of the assignments (homework or lab) will complete the attendance requirement.  


          In the event that you cannot log in to the course and lab to complete the assignments, a legitimate REASON is required: YOU NEED TO SHOW THE INSTRUCTOR AN EXCUSE! Email or phone the instructor with all excuses.  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 have 2 options for doing the weekly homework.  You will be required to do one of the 2 options each week to get credit for the homework.

    Option 1:  Weekly textbook homework exercise assignments will be given online in Mastering Physics.  Do the required problems for each chapter, as instructed.  To access these you need to sign up to PH114C Introduction to Physics in the Mastering Physics Website.

    To Register for Mastering Physics, please follow these steps.

    1)      Go to

    2)      Select “Student” in the registration area.

    3)      Follow the steps for the registration.

    4)      Enter the Mastering Physics code that came with the text book.

    5)      To enroll in PH114C in Mastering Physics, please enter the code: TBA to join the class. 

    6)    You will also need an email address.

    7)      The enrollment process should be complete. 

    The course access code for PH114C is: TBA . This is required for your weekly homework assignment of this option. There are different types of questions in each chapter homework. Each assignment will have the exercises in Mastering Physics. 

    Option 2:  Weekly homework exercise assignments will be given online. You are required to do a specified number of each type of exercises from the list shown. There are different types of questions in each end of chapter assignment. Each assignment will specify how many of each type are required from a specified list. 

    Submitting an Assignment:  Submit your assignment file.  This can be performed with the following steps. 

    a.      Save your document in ***.doc or in ***.rtf format. 

    b.      Access the PH114C-Fall 2019 home page. 

    c.       Select “Modules” and click on the homework submission link for that appropriate week. 

    d.      In the “Submission” area, you will see “Submit Assignment” at the upper right side of the page. Click this link. 

    e.       You can upload your document, in the “File Upload” option, or you can copy and paste it in the “Text Entry” option. 

    f.        Click “Submit” at the bottom of the screen to submit your assignment. 

    Note:  Remember that you have to only do one of the two options and not both!

    Journals: Biographical and theory journals will be required for famous scientists as assigned. The format of a journal entry is as follows:

    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?

    In addition to this, you are required to submit a comment to another student's response in the journal area.

    Discussion You will be required to submit a response to a discussion question each week. Submit your response in the discussion area. This consists of typing a response on the discussion board under the appropriate topic or week. 

    In addition to this, you are required to submit a comment to another student's response in the discussion area.

    Hour Exams: All exams will be given online. Tests will be given over a three day period. The dates will be announced online in emails, discussion board, and the calendar. 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!

          Lab Policies: Laboratory attendance is required. You should logon to the lab portion and do the required lab assignments. You will need to gather the necessary materials for each experiment. The materials can be found around the house or purchased at most department stores.   

    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 answer questions about the homework, and for use in exam preparation.

    Final Exam: 
    The Final Examination will be an online comprehensive exam with an equal emphasis on the untested and previously tested material. Typically, the PH114C final has 52 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 2 ˝ hours.  

    * You will be allowed to use notes on the Final Exam.



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    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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 PH114C 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.


    Upon successful completion of Introduction to Physics, students should be able to:
    1) Explain the field of science in general.
    2) Demonstrate linear motion and kinematics.
    3) Demonstrate and cite Newton's laws of motion.
    4) Explain and calculate momentum.
    5) Explain energy and its different manifestations. Apply energy conservation.
    6) Demonstrate rotational motion.
    7) Demonstrate gravity.
    8) Explain projectile and satellite motion.
    9) Demonstrate the atomic nature of matter.
    10) Demonstrate the properties of matter as a solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
    11) Explain temperature, heat, and expansion.
    12) Demonstrate heat transfer.
    13) Explain change of phase in matter.
    14) Demonstrate thermodynamics.
    15) Demonstrate vibrations and waves.
    16) Explain sound and musical sounds.
    17) Demonstrate electricity and magnetism.
    18) Demonstrate electric current and induction.
    19) Explain light and its properties in terms of color, reflection and refraction, light waves, light emission, and light quanta.
    20) Demonstrate noise and the environment in terms of sound.
    21) Demonstrate the nucleus and quantum mechanics.
    22) Explain properties of light waves and light quanta with respect to quantum mechanics.
    23) Apply the theory of relativity.
    24) Apply and explain the atomic nucleus and radioactivity.
    25) Explain nuclear fission and fusion.
    26) Explain and apply the above concepts verbally or in writing.
    27) Solve simple problems of the above subject areas.
    28) Perform laboratory experiments and hands-on explorations.
    29) Conduct simple data analysis.
    30) Use calculators in physics to calculate physics problems in the above subject areas.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    ·  Assistance: If you are having problems you are encouraged to come see me during my virtual office hours, send me an e-mail, and there are tutors available, free of charge, in Mansur Hall, Rooms 123 & 124. Contact them at 575-492-2830 for the free tutoring. You can also get free help online by using Brainfuse at the website

    1) Cheating will not be tolerated.
    2) All students in this class are adults and will act as such. 

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s virtual office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

    Rounding Policy of Grades:

    Grades will be rounded as follows:  The tenths place of 5 or greater will round up to the next percent, and tenths place of 4 or less will round down.  For example, if a student gets 79.5%, the grade will round up to 80% = B.  If a student got 79.4%, the grade would be a C.  



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    Academic Honesty
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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    • Pay attention to deadlines and do not forget them (keep a calendar if it helps).
    • Carefully read and understand all assignments.
    • Complete assignments according to posted instructions and notes. Do not just glance at an assignment before attempting to complete it (this is likely to result in a poor grade).
    • Questions may be posed for clarification in the class discussion area or by sending an e-mail to your instructor.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
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    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


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




    CHAPTER Assignments/Homework


    Getting Used to Canvas

    Week 1 Assignments Link on the Homepage and Introductory Presentations Folder on Homepage

    Week 1 Discussion and Journal


    Science and Newtonian Mechanics

    Chap 1: About Science

    Chap 2: Newton’s First Law of Motion

    Week 2 Discussion and Journal

    Institutional Assessment

    Institutional Assessment: Critical Thinking:   A laboratory activity in a standard format will be performed by the students.  It involves finding the distance of the Sun from Earth.  

    Institutional Assessment

    Institutional Assessment: Communication:   A laboratory activity in a standard format will be performed by the students.  It involves finding the distance of the Sun from Earth.  


    Newtonian Mechanics

    Chap 3: Linear Motion

    Chap 4: Newton’s Second Law of Motion

    Week 3 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 1

    Chap 1, 2, 3, & 4


    Newtonian Mechanics

    Chap 5: Newton’s Third Law of Motion and Chap 6: Momentum

    Week 4 Discussion and Journal


    Energy, Rotational Motion, and Gravitation

    Chap 7: Energy

    Chap 8: Rotational Motion

    Chap 9: Gravity

    Week 5 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 2

    Chap 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9


    Projectile/Satellite Motion, Atomic Nature of Matter, and Solids

    Chap 10: Projectile and Satellite Motion

    Chap 11: The Atomic Nature of Matter and Chap 12: Solids

    Week 6 Discussion and Journal


    Liquids and Gases

    Chap 13: Liquids

    Chap 14: Gases and Plasmas

    Week 7 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 3

    Chap 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14


    Heat, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics

    Chap 15: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion Chap 16: Heat Transfer

    Chap 18: Thermodynamics

    Week 8 Discussion and Journal


    Waves, Sound, and Music

    Chap 19: Vibrations and Waves

    Chap 20: Sound

    Chap 21: Musical Sounds

    Week 9 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 4

    Chap 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, and 21


    Electrostatics and Electric Current

    Chap 22: Electrostatics

    Chap 23: Electric Current

    Week 10 Discussion and Journal


    Magnetism, Induction, and Light

    Chap 24: Magnetism

    Chap 25: Electromagnetic Induction

    Chap 26: Properties of Light

    Week 11 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 5

    Chap 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26


    Color and its Properties

    Chap 27: Color

    Chap 28: Reflection and Refraction

    Week 12 Discussion and Journal


    The Atom, Quantum Mechanics, and Relativity

    Chap 30: Light Emission, Chap 31: Light Quanta, Chap 32: The Atom and the Quantum, and Chap 35: Special Theory of Relativity

    Week 13 Discussion and Journal


    Exam 6

    Chap 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, and 35

    14 & 15

    The Atomic Nucleus, Radioactivity, Fission, and Fusion

    Chap 33: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

    Chap 34: Nuclear Fission and Fusion

    Week 14 & 15 Discussion and Journal

    Final Exam

    Online all day Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

    Cumulative Final