SRJC Course Outlines

10/28/2020 10:50:52 AMPHYSC 1 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYSC 1Title:  LAB PHYSICAL SCIENC  
Full Title:  Laboratory Physical Science
Last Reviewed:6/24/2004

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A descriptive introduction into many physical science disciplines integrated with laboratory analysis.  Topics include electromagnetic, gravitational, and nuclear energy, optics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, and dinosaurs.  This course is designed to meet the career demands of those in elementary and secondary education which require a broad-based, descriptive science background.  (Not open for students who have completed Physical Science 10)


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Not open to students who have completed Phys Sc 10. Intro to physical science disciplines integrated with lab analysis. Electromagnetic, gravitational & nuclear energy. Also optics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology & dinosaurs. Course is designed for educators requiring a broad-based, descriptive science background.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981Fall 2004
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981Fall 2004
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Physical Science 1 permits the liberal arts major to acquire a general
introduction to the descriptive vocabulary, major theoretical constructs,
and experimental methods used in Newtonian physics, geology, chemistry,
meteorology, and astronomy.  Instruction in each one of these subject
areas includes weekly laboratory exercises.  Students learn, practice
and demonstrate competence in data collection, measurement, and error
analysis.  Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
demonstrate knowledge of the physical sciences through lecture-discussion,
reading assignments, written assignments, and examinations.

Topics and Scope
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Motion and Force:  the difference between acceleration, velocity, and
speed.  Newton's three laws of motion.  Inertia, momentum, and angular
Gravitation:  Galileo's determination of the proportionality of gravity
and mass.  Newton's law of gravity.  Gravity and satellite orbits,
escape velocity, orbital velocity, hyperbolic velocity, apogee and
Energy and Work:  the four fundamental forces in nature.  Kinetic energy
and potential energy.  The physical definition and calculation of work.
Temperature and Power: hear energy and friction.  The temperature scales
of Celsium, Kelvin, and Fahrenheit.  The physical definition of power
and the calculation of horsepower.
The Atomic Nucleus:  atomic number and atomic weight.  Reading the
periodic table of the elements.  Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.
Atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, and nuclear power plants.
Atomic Electron Structure:  the Bohr and the quantum mechanical models
of the atom.  Ionic and co-valent chemical bonding.  The process of
excitation and ionization.
Optics:  the components of the relfecting, refraction, and Schmidt-
Cassegrain telescope.  How to calculate telescope magnification, light
gathering power, and resolution.  The optical components and proper
function of bionoculars.
Chemistry of Life:  the combining capacity of the carbon atom.  The
molecular structure of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.  The structural
differences between methane, propane, butane actane, and gasoline.
Calories and Nutrition:  the difference between the physical and
dietary calorie unit.  The caloric content of fats, proteins, and
carbohydrates.  How to calculate the percent fat content of any given
food from its labeled list of ingredients.
Geology:  the interior structure of the earth and heat flow from the
earth's interior.  Faults, earthquakes, and the Richter scale.  Plate
tectonics and volcanism.
Dinosaurs:  the geologic time scale and the process of fossiliation.
The unique physical characteristic of the dinosaur.  Major species of
dinosaurs and theories of their extinction.
Meteorology:  identification of the 10 major cloud types.  Warm fronts
and cold fronts.  Predicting weather changes by observing clouds.  The
six major weather elements and the instruments that measure them.
Motions of the Moon:  the lunar phases and lunar tides.  The three types
of lunar eclipses and the three types of solar eclipses.  The moon's
synodic and sidereal periods of revolution.
Kepler's Laws:  the properties of the ellipse, semi-major axis, semi-
minor axis, focus distance, and eccentricity.  The ellipse law, the law
of equal areas, and the harmonic law.
The Solar System:  the properties of the Terrestrial and Jovian planets
with respect to planetary atmospheres, planetary surfaces, and planetary
interiors.  Triton, Titan, and the 4 Galiliean satellites of Jupiter.
Stars and Nebulae:  the difference between a star and a planet.  Main
sequence (sun-like), giant, white dwarf, neutron, and black hole stars.
Galaxies and Cosmology:  the milky way galaxy and its size and shape
compared to other galaxies.  The expanding universe, the Hubble law, and
the big bang and steady state theories.
Measuring the speed of sound
Determining the specific heat of water
    Measuring the height of a building by timing the fall of a weight
      dropped from its roof top
    Finding the relationship between image size and the focal length
      of a lens
    The construction of an electrolite battery
    Calculating the horsepower generated by running up a stairway
    Identifying cloud types and location of precipitation from
      infra-red satellite photographs
    Measuring the heights of lunar mountains by the Galilean
      trigonometric method
    Construction of an ellipse and determining the shape of Mercury's
      orbit by observations made in the planetarium
    Determining the mass of Jupiter by Kepler's third law
    Calculating the calories "burned" in one mile of running
    Construction of an "H-R" diagram from a list of the 20 brightest
      and 20 nearest stars
    Properly identifying and color coding the weather fronts, high and
      low pressure systems, and forms of precipitation on a NOAA
      surface weather map

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Each student is evaluated on their performance in frequent examinations
which contain objective, written, and problem solving questions.  Final
evaluation also requires that each student competently complete at
least one of the following written assignments:  comprehensive research
paper, analytic essay, lab report, book report, extra credit report, or
field assignment.  Students will be required to master textbook and
research material independently outside of class.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 40%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems, Lab reports, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 20%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
35 - 70%
Multiple choice, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Physical Science:  A Dynamic Approach:  Robert Dixon
The Physical Universe:  Krauskopf and Beiser
Physical Science:  Principles and Applications:  Payne and Falls

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