PHYS 1407 Conceptual Physics II


PHYS 1407 Conceptual Physics II

PHYS 1407

PHYS 1407 – Conceptual Physics II

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Instructor’s Name

Semester and year

Class and Contact Information

Class Hours: Days and times / Class Location: Campus and room
Email: Email address / Office Location:
Office Phone: (000)000-0000
Voice Mail: (000)000-0000 (for adjuncts) / Website: If available
Office Hours: Times available; information on how conferences outside of office hours can be arranged.

Basic Course Information

Course Description

Conceptual survey of topics in physics, including the fundamentals of optics, electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Intended for liberal arts and other non-science majors, but science majors with weak physics background may wish to use this as an introduction to physics principles.

Course Rationale/Objectives

The course rationale should be here. Generally, our courses are intended to help students fulfill degree requirements in science, to prepare students for further studies, or both. The instructor should articulate here what type of student the course is intended for: non-science major, science major, engineers, etc. This might also be a good place to remind students that since our courses are intended for transfer to a four-year institution, they will be taught at the university level.

Course Prerequisites

  • Grade of C or better in PHYS 1405.

Instructional Methodology

The proposed instructional methodology should be explained here. This is a lecture with a lab course which includes time for class discussions, demonstrations, student projects, labs and/or activities guided by the instructor.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Conceptual Physics, 12th Edition- Hewitt
  • Conceptual Physics - Practice Book, 12th Edition Hewitt
  • Required text and materials should be listed here

Optional Texts/Materials

Any additional optional texts and material should be listed here

Student Learning Outcomes

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods and how science differs from other ways of understanding the world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrostatics (e.g., electric charges, forces, fields, and energy) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrical circuits and apply that knowledge to simple electrical circuits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electromagnetism (e.g., electric currents, magnetic fields, and magnetic forces) and conceptually apply that knowledge to simple physical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of optics (geometric and physical) and conceptually apply that knowledge to optical systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of modern physics, such as relativity, quantum mechanics, basic atomic and nuclear structure, and cosmology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings in terms of fundamental physical concepts.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate competence in:

  • Critical Thinking

Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.

  • Interpersonal Skills

Interacting collaboratively to achieve common goals.

  • Quantitative and Empirical Reasoning

Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.

  • Technology Skills

Using appropriate technology to retrieve, manage, analyze, and present information.

  • Written, Oral and Visual Communication
    Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.

Course Policies

Grading System

An explanation of the instructor’s grading system. An explanation of the instructor’s grading system. Note: The grading policy must conform to both the Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering department policies and the Physics program policies as stated on the website at

Homework Policies

The instructor should explain their homework policies in detail.

Exam and Test Policies

Information on the instructor’s policies should be clearly outlined here. The grading policy must conform to both the Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering department policies and the Physics program policies as stated on the website at

Missed Exam and Late Work Policies

Each instructor should clearly express their policies with regard to missed exams, late exercises (if applicable), etc.

Lab Policies

Put your lab policies here, especially the grading system for lab.

College Policies

Attendance/Class Participation
Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance is expected of all students. Ifattendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor maywithdraw students from the class. Any additional instructor requirements for attendance should be explained here as well.

Withdrawal Policy
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the rollshould he or she decide to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve theright to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. If a student decides to withdraw,he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submittedbeforethe Final Withdrawal Date.The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for theirrecords. Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall 2002may be charged a higher tuition rate for that course. State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entireundergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, allcourse withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy canbe found in the ACC college catalog.

An instructor may award a grade of “I” (Incomplete) if a student was unable to complete allof the objectives for the passing grade in a course. An incomplete grade cannot be carriedbeyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determinedby the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester.

Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty
A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the missionof the college as an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submitcoursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression. Studentsmust follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations. Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion,and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature ofthe violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the courseand/or expulsion from the college. See theStudent Standards of ConductandDisciplinaryProcess at

Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom ofspeech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not tointerfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine andquestion pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence ofscholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompaniedby an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willingpartners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.

Statement on Students with Disabilities
Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities.Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations mustrequest them through the office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students areencouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least threeweeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations maybe delayed.Students who have received approval for accommodations from SAS for this course mustprovide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from SAS before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only bemade after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonableamount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations.Additional information aboutStudent Accessibility Servicesis available at

Safety Statement
Austin Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for studyand work. You are expected to learn and comply withACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies. Additional information on these can befound some health and safety circumstances are beyond our control, we ask that youbecome familiar with the Emergency Procedures poster and Campus Safety Plan map ineach classroom.

Additional information about emergency procedures and how to sign up forACC Emergency Alerts to be notified in the event of a serious emergency can be found at

Please note: You are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesyto all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of anotherindividual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from theclass, and/or barred from attending future activities.

Specific safety training will take place before lab activities. If you are late or miss this training, you will not be able to participate in the activity. The complete ACC science safety policy can be found

Use of ACC Email
All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmailaccount, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion.ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergenciesusing this account. Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account. Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at

Testing Center Policy
Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in atesting center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselvesaccording to the Student Guide. Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entireguide before going to take the exam.To request an exam, one must have:

  • ACC Photo ID
  • Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL)
  • Course Number (e.g.,1301)
  • Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
  • Course Section (e.g., 005)
  • Instructor's Name

Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center. Having your cell phone in the testing room,regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder ofthe semester. More information aboutACC Testing Center policies can be found at

Student And Instructional Services
ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety ofopportunities and services.Information on these services and support systems is available here at Links to many student services and other information can be found Learning Labs provide free tutoring services to all ACC students currently enrolled inthe course to be tutored. Thetutor schedule for each Learning Lab may be found at

For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning LabTechnician at anyACC Learning Lab at

Concealed Handgun Policy
The Austin Community College District concealed handgun policy ensures compliance with Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code (also known as theCampus Carry Law, while maintaining ACC’s commitment to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

BeginningAugust 1, 2017, individuals who are licensed to carry (LTC) may do so on campus premises except in locations and at activities prohibited by state or federal law, or the college’s concealed handgun policy.

It is the responsibility of license holders to conceal their handguns at all times. Persons who see a handgun on campus are asked to contact the ACC Police Department by dialing 222 from a campus phone or512-223-7999.

IMPORTANT: Physics classes may involve considerable physical activity. Bending, stretching, lifting, and other rigorous activities associated with physics occur regularly in class. Such activities may expose concealed weapons and place the license holder in violation of state law. Therefore, it is recommended that concealed weapons be stored in a secure place as defined by college policy prior to entering the classroom, studio, or learning space.

Refer to the concealed handgun policy online

Course Outline/Calendar

The syllabus should contain a course outline that lists lecture and lab topics and identifies test dates. Other information and due dates may be included.

(Optional calendar format)

PHYS 1407 – Conceptual Physics

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Updated: 4/11/2019