Course Abstract Details

PHSC-100, General Physical Science

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description
PHSC-100, General Physical Science, is a one-term course designed for the non-science major and is well suited for students who plan to teach at the elementary and middle school levels. This is a conceptual course encompassing fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method, the history of ideas and the interrelationship among various areas of scientific inquiry. Content is based on topics recommended by the National Science Education Content Standards Document and those of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. These topics include the phenomena of matter, chemical reactions, motion, force, energy, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. The laboratory component provides students the opportunity to apply concepts learned with hands-on activities and experiments. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-A-F and MAT-099 (which may be taken concurrently) with C grades or better. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information
Course Objectives:
1. Apply scientific laws and principles to the areas of Newton’s laws of motion, momentum, energy, fluid mechanics, heat and thermal energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, atomic structure, and basic chemistry. (GE3, PG2, PG4)
2. Describe the significance of some of the major discoveries of science. (GE3, PG4)
3. Use the scientific method to perform collaborative laboratory experiments, collect and interpret data, analyze results, and communicate conclusions. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG3; PG4)
4. Develop basic measuring techniques and computational skills necessary for applying physical science concepts to real-world, concrete problems. (GE1, GE3, GE4; PG2, PG3, PG4)
5. Research and present information on selected topics in the course using various modes of communication (oral, written, and visual). (GE1, GE4; PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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