Appendix C

College of Micronesia-FSM

Course Outline Cover Page
Physical Science Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics SC 130
Course Title Department and Number

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 a strong emphasis on written communication skills.

Course Prepared by: Dana Lee Ling   Campus/site: National site

Course TypeHours Per WeekNo. of weeks Total HoursDivisorSemester Credits
Total Semester Credits=4

(Hours per week × number of weeks = total hours) (Total hour/divisor = semester credits)

Lecture:    /16  Lect/Lab:    /16  Co-op education /30 Workshop: /48   Practicum: /48 
Internship: /48  Field study: /48  Studio:         /48 Lab:      /48 
Purpose of Course:Degree requirement X
Degree elective X

Prerequisite Course: [ESL 089 Reading V] and [a grade of "C" or better in MS 095 or mathematical placement in MS 096 or higher]


Chairperson, Curriculum Committee: ________________________ Date: _______________

President, COM-FSM: ________________________ Date: _________________

Appendix B
College of Micronesia-FSM

Course Outline Format
  1. Learning Outcomes
    1. Program Learning Outcomes:
      1. Define and explain the concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
      2. Perform experiments that gather scientific information and to utilize, interpret, and explain the results of experiments and field work in a field of science
    2. Course Learning Outcomes:
      Students will be able to...
      1. Explore physical science systems using scientific methodologies
      2. Generate mathematical models for physical science systems
      3. Write up the results of experiments in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software
      4. Explore dynamics of motion including performing calculations of velocity, acceleration, momentum, and kinetic energy, generating appropriate mathematical models such as linear regressions, making calculations of the conservation of momentum and energy
      5. Experiment with and determine the heat and electrical conductivity of materials
      6. Determine latitude, longitude, and find the mathematical relationship with standard linear measures; determine universal time
      7. Observe and identify clouds, be able to describe precipitation processes in Micronesia such as collision-coalescence, Bergeron, and orographic precipitation; list the phenomenon associated with El Niño and La Niña
      8. Determine the speed of sound and perform experiments with sound
      9. Explore reflection and refraction, determining the mathematical relationships for reflected image depths, angles, and refracted image angles
      10. List the primary and secondary colors of light, generate other colors from primary colors, explore systems of specifying colors
      11. Develop a mathematical model using measurements of current versus voltage across a resistance; determine and sketch open, short, and closed circuits
      12. Determine whether substances are acids or bases using locally available pH indicator solutions
  2. Course contents:
    1. Measurement
    2. Motion
    3. Force
    4. Momentum and energy
    5. Temperature and heat
    6. Planetary place and time
    7. Weather and climate
    8. Waves
    9. Optics
    10. Electricity
    11. Chemistry
    12. Astronomy
  3. Textbooks:
    Lecture: An Introduction to Physical Science; Shipman, Wilson, and Todd; Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2007, 11th or subsequent editions
    Laboratory: Physical Science Laboratory Manual, Relinda Abellera, COM-FSM, Palikir, 2007 OR
    Physical Science laboratories, Dana Lee Ling, COM-FSM, Palikir, 2008, or subsequent versions.
  4. Reference materials: Science Inquiry, Tik K. Liem. (out of print)
  5. Required course materials: Scientific calculator with basic statistics functionality, ruler. Highly recommended: Sunglasses, preferably tinted safety glasses.
  6. Instructional materials/equipment and cost for the college:
    See Appendix A
  7. 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.
  8. Evaluation: Methods of measurement will include class participation, homework, laboratories, quizzes, tests, midterm, and final examinations. A final percentage will be calculated by dividing the total points earned by the the total points possible. Laboratories are worth on the order of 50% of the grade and are central to the course. Grades will be assigned according the following: 90-100% A; 80-89% B; 70-79% C; 60-69% D, below 60% F.
  9. Credit-by-examination: None.
  10. Attendance policy: As per the current college catalog.
  11. Academic honesty policy: As per the current college catalog.

Appendix A: Equipment lists

Physical Science Laboratory Manual by Relinda Abellera

  1. Acetic acid
  2. Alcohol (ethanol)
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Ammonium chloride
  5. Ammonium hydroxide
  6. Atwood's machines (pulley frames with weight lifters)
  7. Axles
  8. Balloons
  9. Bar magnets
  10. Barium chloride
  11. Beakers
  12. Bismuth Nitrate
  13. Bunsen burners
  14. Calcium hydroxide
  15. Calorimeters
  16. Cardboard sheets
  17. Charcoal
  18. Combs (plastic)
  19. Compasses
  20. Copper (II) sulfate
  21. Copper coils, 400 turns
  22. Copper coils, 500 turns
  23. Copper strips
  24. Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide)
  25. Dry sand
  26. Flashlight bulbs
  27. Flashlight cells 1.5 V
  28. Flashlight
  29. Galvanometer
  30. Glycerol
  31. Goggles
  32. Graduated cylinder
  33. Horseshoe magnets
  34. Hydrochloric acid
  35. Hydrogen peroxide
  36. Inclined planes
  37. Induction coil
  38. Iron filings
  39. Iron nails
  40. Iron rods, soft
  41. Lemon
  42. Lithium (elemental)
  43. Litmus paper, blue
  44. Litmus paper, red
  45. Magnesium ribbon
  46. Markers
  47. Masking tape
  48. Mass balances
  49. Masses, e.g. 100 gram
  50. Medicine dropper
  51. Metal pins
  52. Meter stick
  53. Methyl orange
  54. Mineral hardness specimens
  55. Napthalene
  56. Nitric acid
  57. Paste
  58. Phenolphthalein
  59. Plane mirror
  60. Plastic covers
  61. Plastic foam sheet
  62. Potassium chromate
  63. Potassium hydroxide
  64. Protractors
  65. Pulleys
  66. Resistance circuits with three resistors
  67. Ring stand
  68. Rocks, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic
  69. Rubber bands
  70. Sandpaper
  71. Silver nitrate
  72. Slotted weights
  73. Sodium chloride
  74. Sodium hydroxide
  75. Sodium sulfate
  76. Stopwatches
  77. String
  78. Sugar
  79. Sulfuric acid
  80. Tablespoon
  81. Teaspoon
  82. Thermometers
  83. Thread
  84. Tin shot
  85. Tissue paper
  86. Tongs
  87. Triple beam balances
  88. Tripods
  89. Uninsulated wire
  90. Utility clamps
  91. Vegetable oil
  92. Vinegar
  93. Wheels
  94. Wire ties
  95. Wood splint
  96. Wooden friction blocks
  97. Zinc strips

Physical Science Laboratories by Dana Lee Ling

  1. Access to computer laboratory for some laboratories
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. Aluminum rod
  4. Ammeters
  5. Ammonia
  6. Art supplies appropriate to drawing and sketching
  7. Baking soda
  8. Beakers
  9. Brass screws
  10. Bicycle pump
  11. Bleach
  12. Calipers
  13. Cells (batteries)
  14. Chalk, sidewalk chalk
  15. Chronograph stopwatches (if available)
  16. Coffee pot
  17. Copper rods
  18. Copper wire
  19. Corrugated sheet, plastic
  20. Cream of tartar
  21. Dish pans
  22. Electrical switches, low voltage DC
  23. Five gallon water bottle
  24. Flash light bulbs
  25. Flash light bulb sockets
  26. Glass rod
  27. Global Positioning Satellite receivers
  28. Glue gun, low heat melt
  29. Google Earth
  30. Hibiscus flowers
  31. Hot plates
  32. Hydrogen peroxide
  33. Inflated balls
  34. Iron filings
  35. Isopropyl alcohol
  36. Lactic acid
  37. Laptop computer
  38. Lead weights
  39. Lime, fruit
  40. Lime, mineral
  41. Magnets
  42. Magnifying glasses or lenses
  43. Marbles
  44. Mass balance
  45. Medicine droppers
  46. Metal bolts of various materials
  47. Meter sticks
  48. Micrometer
  49. Mirrors
  50. Paper towel
  51. Pineapple juice
  52. Protractors
  53. PVC pipe
  54. software in student accessible computer labs
  55. Oscilloscope
  56. Rolling ramp for balls
  57. Rulers
  58. Saw for PVC
  59. Screws of various materials
  60. Screw and bolt anchors of various materials
  61. Scissors
  62. Sodium hydroxide (drain opener)
  63. Small soap boxes
  64. Speakers
  65. Stopwatches
  66. String
  67. Styrofoam cups
  68. Superballs
  69. Surveyor's wheel such as a Rolatape unit™
  70. Thermometers
  71. Meter sticks (minimum twenty)
  72. Metric tape measures
  73. Sandpaper
  74. Tennis balls
  75. Test tubes
  76. Thread
  77. Tuning forks
  78. Tone generator
  79. Ukelele
  80. Wire, electrical
  81. Wire strippers
  82. Weight scale calibrated in kilograms
  83. Wood clapper boards
  84. Vinegar
  85. Voltmeters