Attendance: Students who are absent for more than four lecture classes can be dropped from the course. A late is one third of an absence. Thus any combination of MTWTF absences and lates that exceeds four can result in withdrawal. Students who are absent for more than two laboratories can also be dropped from the course. All absences are initially considered unexcused. Absences can be excused from the four absence limit for medical or official education-related travel. Appropriate documentation is required such as a note from the physician (doctor) or, in the case of education-related travel, some form of written or electronic communication from official sponsors of the travel.
Drug policy: No betel nut in class nor on campus except in the cultural huts. No chewing of betel nut during class. Chewing betel nut during class can result in dismissal from class for that day.
Evaluation and assessment:Tests are given at the end of each week.
Program learning outcomes: The student will be able to:
3.5 Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.
3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
3.2 Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms.
1.1 Write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate. Course learning outcomes. The student will be able to:
1. Explore physical science systems through experimentally based laboratories using scientific methodologies
2. Define and explain concepts, theories, and laws in physical science.
3. Generate mathematical models for physical science systems and use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physical science.
4. Demonstrate basic communication skills by working in groups on laboratory experiments and by writing up the result of experiments, including thoughtful discussion and interpretation of data, in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software.
Grading policy: Homework, quizzes, tests, laboratory reports, and the final are marked and generate points. Both laboratories and tests are important in this demanding and difficult course. This course places more value on work done over the term than on a cumulative final examination. This course is about researching a system and writing a report on the findings. The course focuses on science as a process, not a memorized collection of facts. 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. The course uses an on line grade book, Schoology.com.
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.