SRJC Course Outlines

4/18/2024 8:35:21 PMPHYSC 10 Course Outline as of Summer 2008

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHYSC 10Title:  INTRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Introduction to Physical Science
Last Reviewed:12/20/1991

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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, non-mathematical introduction into many of the major fields of study existing within the physical sciences.  Topics include electromagnetic, gravitational, and nuclear energy, the atom, matter in motion, planetary motion, planets and stars, volcanoes and earthquakes, clouds and weather, and dinosaurs.  This course is designed to meet the career demands of those pursuing a career in elementary education which requires a descriptive, broad-based science background.  (Not open to students who have completed Physical Science 1)  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Non-math intro into major fields of study within the physical sciences. Includes electromagnetic, gravitational & nuclear energy, the atom, matter in motion, planetary motion, planets & stars, volcanoes & earthquakes, clouds, weather & dinosaurs. Course is designed for educators requiring a broad-based, descriptive science background.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 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 1981Summer 2008
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981Summer 2008
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Physical Science 10 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.  Emphasis is placed on preparing the
prospective elementary school teacher to instruct in these subject areas
at grades levels 1 through 6.  Upon completion of the course, students
will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the physical sciences through
lecture-discussions, reading assignments, written assignments and

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 perigee.
Energy and Work:  the four fundamental forces in nature.  Kinetic energy
and potential energy.  The physical definition and calculation of work.
Temperature and Power:  heat 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 reflecting, refraction, and Schmidt-
Cassegrain telescope.  How to calculate telescope magnification, light
gathering power, and resolution.  The optical components and proper
function of binoculars.
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 of 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 geologica time scale and the process of fossilization.
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 exlipses and the three types of solar exlipses.  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 Galilean 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.  

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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 - 30%
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, 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:  Krausckpf and Beiser
Physical Science:  Principles and Applications:  Payne and Falls  

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