Welcome to PH201-203 Online
This is the webpage for online General
Physics at Chemeketa Community College. These courses might be referred
to as "College Physics" or "Algebra-based Physics" at other
institutions. This is a sequence of three introductory physics courses
entirely online, including the labs which you will do with
We will use College Physics; 1st edition;
Knight, Jones, and Field (ISBN
080530634X). The text is out of print, so it
is only available from resellers such as Amazon.
You can take these courses from
anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. You can register for these courses through Chemeketa Online,
a division of Chemeketa Community College,
in Salem, Oregon, USA. If a class is full when you attempt to register,
then use the waiting list. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me
Once you enroll, please download the syllabus from the following table:
||Math review, kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, and rotation
||Fluids, waves, thermodynamics, and electricity
||Circuits, magnetism, induction, and light|
||1 to 10
||11 to 16, 20, 21
||22-26, 17, 18|
||A and B
||B and C
||Summer (8 weeks), Fall
Comparison to Traditional
Class average grade is 3.0, which is higher than that of my campus-based
classes, 2.5. But the number of hours spent on task is higher, the cost
is higher, the average incoming GPA is higher (explaining the higher
grades), and the dropout rate is higher. If you have a choice, you may
be better off taking a traditional physics course.
Though the courses generally fulfill lab science graduation requirements
for two and four year degrees,
most students take this sequence of courses because it is required for
their major or graduate school. These commonly include pharmacy,
medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, and environmental science.
About 30% of the students are from
Chemeketa and 50% are from other colleges in Oregon. About 10% take the
courses while abroad.
Students have taken these courses while in Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia,
Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq,
Mexico, Panama, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, and Ukraine. One issue to consider when taking these courses
abroad is that shipping lab kits directly can take significant time and
might have difficulty in customs. It is generally easier to ship to an
American address and then put the kits in luggage.
Transferring credit depends on decisions made by the registrar at your
home institution, but there has never been a serious problem for any of
my students. Chemeketa is
regionally accredited (the most prestigious
accreditation) and the course is mainstream in content. We use a quarter
system, so transferring credit to an institution on a semester system can be
awkward if you don't take the entire sequence. I suggest you download the
course syllabi above and present them to appropriate people at your home
institution before enrolling. The course is placed on your Chemeketa
transcript the same as the campus-based course.
certified in 2011 by Quality
Matters, a research-based peer review program for online courses.
This means that the course is structured in a manner consistent with
We will use three different websites in this course.
The primary website we will use is
eLearn. Use your user name and password from My Chemeketa to access this site. Consult
(503-399-7399) if you have difficulty accessing it.
You will use MasteringPhysics
for homework. Consult your syllabus for the course ID.
This open website will be used as a supplement to the course. Proctors
and prospective students can also get information here.
This is a difficult class made more challenging by the delivery method.
The necessary mental, temporal, and physical resources are significant.
The prerequisite for the courses are listed above. You should have a
strong grasp of algebra, trigonometry, and vectors before beginning
PH201. You do not need any experience in physics to begin PH201. You should be competent at
using a web browser, word processor, and spreadsheet. If you do not have
the necessary mental resources to successfully complete the class, you
should consider acquiring them and enrolling at a later date.
You will need to commit a significant amount of time each week to
complete the work necessary to master the physics topics. You will read
the text, participate in discussion, observe video lectures, do
homework, perform labs, write lab reports, take exams, and do other
activities as posted in the course calendar. All told, you should expect
to spend from 10 to 25 hours per week on this class. If you do not have
the necessary temporal resources to successfully complete the class, you
should consider enrolling at a later date.
In addition to paying for the required tuition and
fees (about $500 for all US students), you will need to procure a variety of physical resources to complete
this class. I make every effort to keep costs down, but this class is
likely to be more expensive than most others at Chemeketa. Please consult
the following list and acquire the necessary resources as soon as
1) You will need a
computer with good internet access and MS Office 2007, 2010, or equivalent (cost varies).
I do not recommend using a Mac as it has trouble with symbolic
2) The textbook (see above) is available used from online sources such
as Amazon for about $10. It is also available free in the Chemeketa
library for one-term check out. This will be the text for all three courses
in the sequence. You should not solely use an e-book as you will not
be allowed to use it during exams. .
3) Lab kits must be purchased separately from the
Chemeketa Bookstore for
about $130 a term. Other
options are to
purchase them from former students or
build your own.
4) You will need to
procure additional lab equipment including a digital camera (low
resolution such as a cell phone is fine), metric tape measure, stopwatch
(a phone stopwatch is fine), string, and scissors
(total cost varies).
5) You will need a calculator that does not have
cell phone or internet capabilities. This will be necessary for the
6) You will need to purchase a subscription to
This subscription will be valid for all three terms and costs
7) You may need to pay for the services of a proctor, depending upon
where you take your exams. No Chemeketa branches charge for this
service. Please see the webpage for exams
for more information.