PHSA 1050  Physical Science Credit Hours: 4.00 Prerequisites: None
No credit after NSC 118 or PHS 101. An overview of the physical sciences, to illustrate the underlying physical concepts of modern technological society. These concepts are investigated through selected laboratory experiences and classroom work designed to improve a general understanding of the physical sciences.
Billable Contact Hours: 4
Search for Sections OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES Course Outcome:Apply the scientific process to a variety of physical situations. Objectives:  Identify the laws, models, or theories that are applicable.
 Describe the physical laws, models, and theories.
 Analyze and apply the physical laws, models and theories.
 Assess the testability of a hypothesis.
 Develop research questions.
 Develop appropriate physical hypotheses.
 Identify dependent, independent, and constant variables.
 Test valid hypotheses.
 Analyze and interpret the success or failure of physical hypotheses.
 Question observations.
 Follow/Apply written lab instructions.
 Peer Review Process.
Course Outcome: Be familiar with scientific usage of specialized, scientific vocabulary. Objectives:  Define terminology.
 Recall terminology.
 Employ terminology.
Course Outcome: Explore preconceptions concerning physical interactions, and develop conceptual changes to reflect basic physics concepts relating to the physical sciences. Objectives:  Differentiate between intuitive expectations and established scientific principles through classroom discussion and laboratory exercises.
 Through lab experiments students will compare experimental results with preconceived notions.
Course Outcome: Using the scientific method, take accurate data, organize and analyze experimental data Objectives:  Collect data through experimentation and observation.
 Utilize various measuring instruments to collect data.
 Analyze (using mathematics) and interpret data to arrive at a conclusion.
 Reproduce results that are commonly accepted.
 Based upon current theoretical models make predictions about experimental outcomes.
 Compare experimental conclusions to theoretical predictions.
 Organize results and conclusions to communicate understanding of mathematical and conceptual physics.
Course Outcome: Gain a historical perspective of the development of science and scientific laws relating to the sciences. Objectives:  Identify the historical laws, models, and theories.
 Describe the historical laws, models, and theories.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO) • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience. • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue. • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives. • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task. • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments. • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course: Communication: YES Critical Thinking: YES Quantitative Reasoning: YES Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE Course Content Introduction to the Use of Computers
 Graphing
 Current Macomb Community College LMS
 Other (Simulations, videos, google searches, etc…)
 Measurement
 Terminology: Measurement, density, deci, centi, milli, kilo, gram, liter, meter, time, average, error, percent error, meniscus, volume, mass, temperature, metric system
 Measurement Rule
 Unit conversions (metric to English and vice versa)
 Measure mass, volume, weight, temperature, time, length, etc… . using various instruments
 Calculate derived quantities
 Calculate average, error, and percent error.
 Experimental Models
 Terminology: Observation, law, hypothesis, theory, scientific method, research question, independent variable, dependent variable, constants, period, mass, amplitude, vibration, oscillation, pendulum, prediction
 Pendulum
 Graphing and analysis
 The Structure Of Matter
 Terminology: Acid, atomic number, atomic weight, atoms, base, compounds, covalent bond, dissociation, electrolyte, electrons, elements, gas, groups, heterogeneous, homogeneous, indicator, inorganic, ion, ionic bond, isotopes, liquid, litmus, matter, mixtures, molecules, neutrons, nonpure substance, organic, period, phenolphthalein, pHydrion, protons, pure substance, shells or orbits, solid
 Atomic Theory
 Periodic Table
 Covalent and ionic bonds
 Elements and molecules
 States of Matter
 Properties of metals and nonmetals
 Law of Definite Proportions
 Acids and Bases
 Graphing and Analysis
 Motion
 Terminology: Speed, velocity, acceleration, mass, constant, acceleration, time, linear motion, momentum, impact, inertia, kinetic energy, impulse
 Speed
 Acceleration
 Momentum
 Kinetic Energy
 Graphing and Analysis
 Forces and Simple Machines
 Terminology: Actual Mechanical Advantage, Effort, Ideal Mechanical Advantage, lever, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, screw, wheel and axle, resistance, effort, fulcrum, Ideal Effort, Actual Effort, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force, Newton, weight
 Forces
 Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
 Simple Machines
 Mechanical Advantage
 Graphing and Analysis
 Energy
 Terminology: Acceleration, chemical, electrical, energy, energy conversion, force, heat, horsepower, joule, kinetic energy, light, mechanical, nuclear, potential energy, power, sound, speed, watt, work
 Forms of Energy
 Energy Conversions
 Work  Energy Theorem
 Conservation of Energy
 Work for Simple Machines
 Power
 Graphing and Analysis
 Heat
 Terminology: Calorimeter, specific heat capacity, temperature, mass, heat, calorie, equilibrium, Conservation of Energy, Kelvin, Fahrenheit, thermal expansion, thermal transfer, conduction, convection, radiation
 Temperature and Kinetic Energy
 Temperature Scales and Absolute Zero
 Calorimetry
 Conservation of energy
 Graphing and Analysis
 Sound
 Terminology: Sound, longitudinal waves, vibration, amplitude, wavelength, period, frequency, loudness, intensity, wave form, wavelength, tone, decibel, resonance, interference, Doppler effect, pitch, beats
 Sound Models
 Inverse Square Law
 Temperature dependence of speed of sound
 Frequency, Wavelength, Amplitude, speed
 Reflecting surfaces
 Graphing and analysis
 Electricity
 Terminology: Ohm, ampere, volt, direct current, fuse, alternating current, static electricity, nonconductors, insulators, conductors, current electricity
 Electrostatics
 Parallel and series circuits
 Ohm’s Law
 Power
 Analysis
 Magnetism
 Terminology: Magnet, magnetism, insulators, conductors, commutator, magnetic field, north pole, south pole, ferromagnetic, dipoles, domains, magnetic field, magnetic declination, inverse square law, electromagnet, generator, armature, hertz, frequency
 Magnetic and Non Magnetic materials
 Motors and Generators
 Magnetic Fields
 Inverse Square Law (special case)
 Graphing and Analysis
 Light
 Terminology: Radiant energy, electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic radiation, light, optical medium, refraction, transparent, translucent, opaque, convex lens, principal focus, concave lens, focal lengths, reflection, diffusion.
 Electromagnetic spectrum
 Law of Reflection
 Laws of Refraction
 Inverse Square Law
 Graphing and Analysis
 Color
 Terminology: color addition, color subtraction, complementary colors, constructive and destructive interference, cyan, diffraction grating, light, magenta, primary colors of light, prism, secondary colors of light, spectroscope, spectrum
 Spectrums
 Color Addition
 Color Subtraction
 Analysis
Primary Faculty Fey, Francette Secondary Faculty Associate Dean Young, Randall Dean Pritchett, Marie
Official Course Syllabus  Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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