SC 130 Physical Science

Course Description:
A one semester natural science with laboratory course exploring motion, dynamics, heat, earth sciences, weather, climate, sound, optics, light, electricity, chemistry, and astronomy, with a focus on mathematical models and an emphasis on written communication skills.

  • Prerequisite Courses: ESL 089 Reading V.

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOS):
The student will be able to:

  1. Write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate.
  2. Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms. .
  3. Define and explain the concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
  4. Perform experiments that gather scientific information and to utilize, interpret, and explain the results of experiments and field work in a field of science

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) - GENERAL
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core scientific skills
  2. Perform experiments in mechanics
  3. Perform experiments in material and earth sciences
  4. Perform experiments in wave based phenomena

SLO

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) – SPECIFIC
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1: . Demonstrate core scientific skills

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

1.1 Explore physical science systems using scientific methodologies

Laboratory reports.

1.2 Generate mathematical models for physical science systems

Laboratory reports.

1.3 Write up the results of experiments in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software

Laboratory reports.

General SLO 2: Perform experiments in mechanics


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

2.1 Determine the relationship between time and space for an object undergoing linear motion

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

2.2 Determine the relationship between time and space for an object undergoing accelerated motion

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

2.3 Measure momentum and determine whether momentum is conserved in a collision

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

2.4 Calculate forces, determine whether a material is linear elastic

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

General SLO 3: Perform experiments in material and earth sciences


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

3.1 Determine the relative heat conductivity of different materials

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

3.2 Determine the electrical conductivity of different materials

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

3.3 Calculate the relationship between minutes of longitude/latitude and meters

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

3.4 Identify different types of precipitation and clouds

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

3.5 Identify whether solutions are acidic or basic

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

General SLO 4: Perform experiments in wave based phenomena


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

4.1 Determine wavelength, frequency, period, amplitude, for waves and measure the speed of sound

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

4.2 Determine the relationships for optical depth behind a mirror and below the surface of water

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

4.3 Identify continuous and discrete spectra, list the orders of colors in spectra, and explore the combinations of primary colors of light used to produce secondary and other colors of light.

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

4.4 Determine the relationship between current and voltage for an electrical circuit

Homework, quizzes and/or tests, laboratory reports.

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Measurement
  2. Motion
  3. Momentum and energy
  4. Force
  5. Temperature and heat
  6. Planetary place and time
  7. Weather and climate
  8. Sound and waves
  9. Optics
  10. Electricity
  11. Chemistry
  12. Astronomy
  13. Cosmology
E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

The course will be taught by lecture and exploratory laboratories. Students will be encouraged to utilize computer labs outside of class for completion of formal laboratory assignments.


F. REQUIRED TEXT AND COURSE MATERIALS

Lee Ling, Dana (2011). Physical Science, College of Micronesia-FSM, Pohnpei. (or most recent edition) Shipman, Wilson, and Todd (2001). An Introduction to Physical Science. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2007. 11th (or most recent editions) Abellera, Relinda (2007). Physical Science Laboratory Manual, Relinda Abellera. College of Micronesia-FSM, Pohnpei (or most recent edition). Scientific calculator with basic statistics functionality, ruler.


G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COST
Laboratory equipment and supplies.

I. EVALUATION
None

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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