SC 130 Physical Science laboratory syllabus spring 2017
Lecture topics and corresponding laboratories with cross-references to the text section numbers. The three-digit numeric prefixes correspond to the textbook section.
Density intro & sig digs
021 RipStik linear
022 Linear motion
031 RipStik acceleration
032 Acceleration of gravity
041 Banana leaf marble ramp
042 Conservation of momentum
051 Newton's laws
052 Force of friction
062 Conduction of heat
071 Hide and Seek
072 Latitude & longitude
081 Humidity and precipitation
082 Cloud observations and precipitation
092 Speed of sound
102 The color of light
Magnetism and electricity
122 Electricity, conductivity, circuits
131 Introduction to the elements
132 Acids & Bases
152 Site swap notation
Assignment number coding: Assignments are usually prefixed by the date assigned, the day of the week, and then a three digit number for that assignment. The first two digits refer to the chapter for that assignment or laboratory. The third digit is the type of assignment. 0 is video discussion notes entered to be entered as a discussion in Schoology. 1 is a homework assignment due into Schoology. 2 is a laboratory report. 4 usually refers to a quiz or test. Thus 060 is a discussion notes assignment for chapter six, 012 is chapter one, laboratory assignment. 031 is a chapter three homework. 044 is a chapter four quiz. And so forth. This can get confusing, if you do submit the wrong assignment and the assignment is still unlocked, then you can resubmit the correct assignment.
The laboratory reports are written up using spreadsheet (tables, xy scattergraph charts) and word processing software (text with tables and charts copied and pasted from the spreadsheet). Software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, LibreOffice.org, OpenOffice.org, or Google Docs can be used for these reports. The reports will be submitted via Schoology and marked using rubrics in Schoology. Reports are due one week after the laboratory. The deadline for late submissions or a resubmission is two weeks after the laboratory.
Textbook: Physical Science by Dana Lee Ling
Required materials: Smart phone (Android, iOS) or scientific calculator, 30 cm ruler, graph paper.
Attendance: 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 two 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.
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.
Laboratories: Laboratories are central to the course. To the extent possible, each day focuses on the laboratory with lecture in support of the laboratory exploration. Each written lab has its own rubric which can be seen in Schoology. Laboratory write-ups are composed of a single word processing document. Tables and graphs should be created in a spreadsheet and then copied into the word document in the appropriate order. Laboratories are due one week after the laboratory. Laboratories CANNOT be sent by email. Laboratories after the lock date will not be accepted. Schoology will lock submissions preventing late submission. As noted, this is a difficult course.
Academic Honesty Policy: Laboratory reports must be individually written up by each student. Each student should make their own tables and charts. Each student must write their own introduction, procedure, analysis, discussion, and conclusion.