Course Outline

This is the first part of the two-semester General College Physics Course taught at NOVA.

The course is a non-calculus treatment of physics dealing with topics in classical and modern physics. It is intended for students in some of the two-year technical programs offered at NVCC and also for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, Liberal Arts and pre-teaching non-science majors, thus satisfying the requirement for a laboratory science at many four-year institutions.


MTH 163 and a satisfactory placement score for ENG 111.

Note: Students unfamiliar with trigonometry are strongly advised to take MTH166 instead of MTH 163.

Additional Requirements

Students are required to have access to a computer with fast internet connection.

Students are expected to have working knowledge of some form of Editing Software, such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Google Documents, etc.

Students may be required to participate in virtual classes through Blackboard Collaborate.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Course Content Summary and Objectives as published on the NVCC web site.

By the end of the semester students are expected to know how to apply the following concepts to topics of Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations and Waves, and Thermodynamics:

  • Kinematics: Motion in one and more dimensions, including Rotational Motion
  • Dynamics: Forces, Newton’s Three Laws and their applications.
  • Energy and the Laws of its Conservation.
  • Linear and Angular Momentum and their conservation.


Laboratory Safety Rules

  • Only students officially enrolled in the class are allowed in the physics laboratory.
  • Open-toe shoes such as sandals and flip-flops are prohibited in the laboratory. All shoes must provide adequate foot protection.
  • All students must be acquainted and abide by the safety rules as published on the Physics Laboratory Webpage.
  • Students in violation of the safety rules will be asked to leave the laboratory.

Course Organization and Policies

The course grade is comprised of labs and lab assignments, weekly homework, class tests and a final exam. For more details, contact directly the course instructor.

Grading Scale: A: 90-100% B: 80-89% C: 70-79% D: 60-69% F: <60%

One lab will be dropped from the lab grade. The lowest test score will be dropped from the exam grade. No lab or test make-ups are allowed.


Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. If an online meeting is scheduled, due to an emergency or other reason, student participation in those meetings counts towards their attendance

Students are responsible to know all the material covered in class regardless of whether they have attended class or not.


Last day to drop the class with Tuition Refund is Census Date. No Audit will be permitted after the Census Date. Students who have not attended class by the Census Date will be administratively withdrawn from the class.

No withdrawals will be permitted after the Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty. Students are responsible for withdrawing themselves from the class.

Incomplete Grade may be given only to students who have earned already 70% of the class grade and have documented special circumstances that preclude them from finishing the class in time. In such cases, they must complete the class by the end of the following semester, or their grade will automatically revert to the earned grade.

Academic Dishonesty

Students are expected to abide by the College’s Rules on Academic Dishonesty. Be advised that:

  • Cheating will not be tolerated in any form. Copying and using someone else’s work to obtain credit, as well as letting someone else copy your work, is considered cheating.
    Any cheating incident will be reported to the Dean of Students and may then become part of your official student record.
  • Cheating on any assignment will result in failing that assignment. A second instance of cheating will result in automatic failing of the class!
  • All assignments are individual unless otherwise specified.

The use of unauthorized electronic devices during an exam is considered cheating.

Students who show a discrepancy greater than a full letter grade between their performance on two separate class assignments (in-class or outside class), may be required to take an additional exam. In that case, the instructor will decide how the additional exam grade will be factored into the overall course grade.

Disability Accommodations

No disability accommodations will be provided unless a Disability Data Sheet is provided to the instructor. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Disability Data Sheet through the Counselor for Special Needs.

Classroom Etiquette

Feel free to express yourself freely during class discussions; however, always be respectful and polite to your fellow classmates. Address your instructor by their last name.

During class, students may not use cell phones and other electronics devices except for direct and immediate classwork.