Sheet 1: Syllabus

SC 130 Physical Science
Textbook: Physical Science by Shipman, Wilson, Todd
Required materials: Scientific calculator.
Recommended optional materials: 30 cm ruler, digital watch with chronograph.
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-5, by walk-in, or appointment
Instructor: Dana Lee Ling
Email: dleeling@comfsm.fm cc: dana@mail.fm
Web site: http://www.comfsm.fm/~dleeling/physci/ps81/index.html
Work: 320-2480 extension 228 / Home phone: 320-2962.
Attendance: Seven MWF absences results in withdrawal from the course. A late is one third of an absence. Thus any combination of MWF absences and lates that adds to seven will result in withdrawal. For example, twenty-one lates would result in withdrawal. Missing more than three laboratories will also lead to failure of the course.
No betelnut in class nor on campus except in the cultural huts.
Evaluation and assessment: Quizzes, tests, and midterms are given every Friday that there is not a test. Quizzes and tests can and do occur on a Wednesday wherein Friday is a holiday. Lab practical examinations are on lab days.
Grading policy: Homework is worth 1 to 5 points and, when give, is checked at the start of the next MWF class. Pop cloud quizzes are worth up to points. Quizzes generated an average maximum of 17 points fall 2007. Test one fall 2007 was worth 18 points, test two was worth 16 points.. The midterm fall 2007 was worth 41 points. The final fall 2007 was worth up to 22 points. Laboratories were worth 11 to 41 points fall 2007 . By term end fall 2007 44% of the points were in quizzes, tests, the midterm, and the final. 51% of the points were in laboratories. Both are important in this demanding and difficult course. By the end of the term fall 2007 there was a total possible of 641 points. Note that the 22 point final was worth only 3% at that point in the term. The course requires the discipline of mind of the distance runner. Success in this course depends on consistent completion of work throughout the term. There is no way to bring a grade up late in the term. Your grade is a reflection of a body of work during the term. The final letter grade is based on the standard College policy: Obtain 90% of the points or more to obtain an A, 80% to 89% for a B, and so forth.
Laboratories: Laboratories are central to the course. To the extent possible, each week centers on the laboratory with lecture in support of the laboratory exploration. Laboratories are marked using a rubric. Each lab has its own rubric, all are based to a lesser or greater extent on the generic rubric. Laboratory write-ups are composed of a single word processing document created with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.org Writer. Tables, graphs, and analysis done in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc should be copied and pasted into the word document in the appropriate order. Laboratories are due a week after the laboratory at the next laboratory period. Laboratories can be sent by email, this does not change the due date/time or submission guidelines. Laboratories turned in after the start of class for the next laboratory are late. Late laboratories can be turned in up to the start of the Friday class period the next day, but incur a five point penalty. After the start of the Friday class period the late penalty increases to ten points. Laboratories can be turned in up to a week late (14 days after the lab) but incur a ten point penalty. Laboratories more than 14 days late are not accepted. Laboratory reports CAN be turned in for labs for which you were absent! Get data from a colleague to complete the report, do your own analysis and write-up to the best of your ability.
Academic Honesty Policy: Cheating on an assignment, quiz, test, midterm, or final will result in a score of zero for that assignment, quiz, or examination. Due to our cramped quarters, the course operates by necessity on a system of personal integrity and honor.

Sheet 2: ps81

Wk Day Date Activity Assessment
0 Thurs 01/10/08 Get acquainted in A101
0 Fri 01/11/08 Course introduction and role call. Required material: scientific calculator. Useful: a digital chronograph. Pretest
1 Mon 01/14/08 1. Measurement 1.1. The Physical Sciences 1.2. The Scientific Method and Attitude 1.3. The Senses 1.4. Standard Units and Systems of Units 1.5. More on the Metric System 1.6. Derived Units and Conversion Factors Homework: 20.2 km in 2h45m Last day to add/drop
1 Wed 01/16/08 Review speed homework Mini-activity Your fundamental measurements. Your mass, height, and age in mks. Your derived measure: BMI. Homework: deathclock.com
1 Thurs 01/17/08 Lab 01: Measurement: Uncertainty and Precision, statistics A204 required.
1 Fri 01/18/08
Quiz 1
2 Mon 01/21/08 2. Linear motion 2.1. Defining Motion 2.2. Speed and Velocity 2.3. Acceleration Homework: 5.65 km in 1h22mm, how fast? 2.5 m/s, 12.7 km, how long?
2 Wed 01/23/08 Mini-activity: your speed. 407 m in 55 s 407 m in 2 min 53 s
2 Thurs 01/24/08 Lab 02: Linear motion: Ball roll A204 required. Class lists due
2 Fri 01/25/08 Lab notes and wrap-up. Wrte-up details. Reviewed homework. Quiz 2
3 Mon 01/28/08 Reviewed quiz two and laboratory one. Due to the novel lab structure and mathematical weaknesses on quiz two, this took a whole period. Homework: instantaneous ball speed from lab 02
3 Wed 01/30/08 2.5.Mini-activity: Projectile Motion: ball arc exercise Homework: Plot the five projectile points, sketch the curve
3 Thurs 01/31/08 Lab 03: Accelerated motion: g Grad app
3 Fri 02/01/08
Test 1
4 Mon 02/04/08 3. Force and Motion 3.1. Force and Net Force 3.2. Newton's First Law of Motion 3.3. Newton's Second Law of Motion 3.4. Newton's Third Law of Motion 3.6. Momentum 4. Work and Energy 4.1. Work 4.2. Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy 4.3. Conservation of Energy
4 Wed 02/06/08 4.2 Mini-activity: conservation of energy Force of air: water in an inverted glass Force of air II: balloon balance. Set up as demo of equilibrium. Failure is all the sweeter. Banana leaf marble ramp: PE = KE Homework: 5g marble 60 cm high on banana leaf ramp
4 Thurs 02/07/08 Lab 04:Marble momemtum
4 Fri 02/08/08
Quiz 3
5 Mon 02/11/08 5. Temperature and Heat 5.1. Temperature 5.2. Heat 5.3. Specific Heat and Latent Heat 5.4. Heat Transfer Early warning
5 Wed 02/13/08 5.1 Mini-activity: boiling and freezing water temperatures Using foil to reflect the heat of the sun. Fall 2208: buy foil, try to focus the sun's radiation if sunny... And what else could we safely boil? Probably not coconut oil – but I could presolidify coconut oil and then measure the temperature at which it desolidifies
5 Thurs 02/14/08 Lab 05: Heat transfer
5 Fri 02/15/08
Quiz 4
6 Mon 02/18/08 passed out the marble momentum handout, covered also "what I think happened." Had the feeling of a brown bag lunch.
6 Wed 02/20/08 Mini-activity: choosing graphs to match data types: graph choices mathematical patterns and models exercises
6 Thurs 02/21/08 Lab 06: Midterm practical. Plans are afoot to drop this lab and add a static forces lab for distance = (1/force)*torque using stuff hanging off of rod, lots of local materials.
6 Fri 02/22/08 Staff development day No class
7 Mon 02/25/08 Review of lab six 15. Place and Time 15.1. Cartesian Coordinates 15.2. Latitude and Longitude 15.3. Time 15.4. Determining Latitude and Longitude 15.5. The Seasons and the Calendar 15.5. Precession of the Earth's Axis
7 Wed 02/27/08 Mini-activity: Latitude and longitude hide and seek. Three students who dual attend MS 150 Statistics and SC 130 Physical Science were given GPS units in the morning statistics class along with handouts containing my lat/long coordinates. The coordinates were for maintenance. Three groups took 20 minutes to find me, and learned the directionality of latitude and longitude in the process. Next run: a tougher hiding spot. Vietnam.
7 Thurs 02/28/08 Lab 07: Lat/Long Weather lab activities. Google Earth. A204 required. Midterm practical due
7 Fri 02/29/08
8 Mon 03/03/08 Review midterm, lab 07. Begin chapter 19 with cloud observation. 19. The Atmosphere 19.1. Composition and Structure 19.2. Atmospheric Energy Content 19.3. Atmospheric Measurements and Observations 19.4. Air Motion 19.5. Clouds
8 Wed 03/05/08 20. Atmospheric Effects 20.1. Condensation and Precipitation 20.2. Air Masses 20.3. Storms Highlight: Naming Typhoons 20.4. Atmospheric Pollution 20.5. Pollution and Climate
8 Thurs 03/06/08 Lab 08: Clouds Middefs due
8 Fri 03/07/08
Quiz 5
9 Mon 03/10/08 Highlight: El Niño and La Niña
9 Wed 03/12/08 6. Waves 6.1. Waves and Energy Propagation 6.2. Wave Properties 6.4. Sound Waves Activity: determining the wavelength, frequency, and velocity of a wave on a chain.
9 Thurs 03/13/08 Lab 09: Sound lab
9 Fri 03/14/08
Quiz 6
10 Mon 03/17/08 Doppler effect or wave activity? I need a noise making device and a string... LDTWWW
10 Wed 03/19/08 Spring break
10 Thurs 03/20/08 No lab
10 Fri 03/21/08 Good Friday
11 Mon 03/24/08 7. Optics and Wave Effects 7.1. Reflection 7.2. Refraction and Dispersion 7.3. Spherical Mirrors
11 Wed 03/26/08

11 Thurs 03/27/08 Lab 10: Reflection and refraction: Peoples in a mirror, penny in dishpan
11 Fri 03/28/08
Test 2
12 Mon 03/31/08 Rahn en Tiahk
12 Wed 04/02/08 6.3, 7.2 and chapter 7.2 highlight: The Rainbow: Dispersion and Internal Reflection. HSL color concepts.
12 Thurs 04/03/08 Lab 11: The Rainbow and the Colors of Light using HSL CSS commands A204 required.
12 Fri 04/04/08
Quiz 7
13 Mon 04/07/08 Review Test two, lab 11 Course sel
13 Wed 04/09/08 8. Electricity and Magnetism 8.1. Electric Charge and Current 8.2. Voltage and Electrical Power 8.3. Simple Electric Circuits and Electrical Safety
13 Thurs 04/10/08 Lab 12: Circuits and conductivity: Batteries, bulbs, and materials
13 Fri 04/11/08 8.4. Magnetism 8.5. Electromagnetism Quiz 8
14 Mon 04/14/08 11. The Chemical Elements 11.1. Classification of Matter 11.2. Discovery of the Elements 11.3. Occurrence of the Elements 11.4. The Periodic Table 11.5. Naming Compounds 11.6. Groups of Elements
14 Wed 04/16/08 12. Chemical Bonding 12.1. Law of Conservation of Mass 12.2. Law of Definite Proportions 12.3. Dalton's Atomic Theory 12.4. Ionic Bonding 12.5. Covalent Bonding 12.6. Hydrogen Bonding 13. Chemical Reactions 13.1. Balancing Chemical Equations 13.2. Energy and Rate of Reaction 13.3. Acids and Bases p331-332 10 edition
14 Thurs 04/17/08 Lab 13: Acid or base?
14 Fri 04/18/08
Quiz 9
15 Mon 04/21/08 17. The moon 17.1 General features 17.2 Composition and history 17.3 Lunar motions 17.4 Phases of the moon 17.5 Eclipses 17.6 Ocean tides
15 Wed 04/23/08 15. The Solar System 15.1 Overview 15.2 Planet Earth 15.3Terrestrial planets 15.4 Jovian giants Planetoids and the demotion of Pluto 15.5 Other objects 15.6 Origins 15.7 Other planetary systems
15 Thurs 04/24/08 Lab 14: Lab practical final
15 Fri 04/25/08
Quiz 10
16 Mon 04/28/08 18. The Universe 18.1 A star called the sun
16 Wed 04/30/08 18.2 Celestial sphere 18.3 Classifying stars 18.4 Life cycle of low mass stars 18.5 Life cycle high mass stars 18.6 Galaxies 18.7 Cosmology
16 Thurs 05/01/08 Lab 15: Site Swaps
16 Fri 05/02/08 Review by quiz Quiz 11
17 Mon 05/05/08 Review