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Course Outline for Physical Science 15Introduction to Principles of Physical SciencePrerequisite Skills:Chabot College Fall 2003Course Outline for Physical Science 15Descriptive Physical Science:Introduction to Principles of Physical ScienceCatalog Description:15 - Descriptive Physical Science: Introduction to Principles of Physical Science 5 unitsAn introduction to the physical universe from atomic particles to the stars, with emphasis on the basic principles of physics, astronomy, chemistry, and the geo-sciences (meteorology and geology). Designed for non-majors in physical science. Includes an introduction to laboratory, principles and techniques with emphasis on the basic concepts discussed in the class. May not receive credit if Physics 11 has been completed. Strongly recommended: Mathematics 65, English 101A or 102. 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.[Typical contact hours: lecture 70, laboratory 52.5]Prerequisite Skills:NoneExpected Outcomes for Students:Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:1. use the vocabulary of physical science;2. use the scientific method and concepts of the physical sciences to critically evaluate the theoriesof physical science;3. apply the major concepts and processes of the physical sciences;4. test assumptions and implications rising from experimentation;5. apply principles of experimentation and evaluate data.Course Content:1. Physics:a. Measurementb. Study of motionc. Force and motiond. Gravitatione. Work and energyf. Electromagnetic radiationg. Soundh. Electricity and magnetismi Heatj. Relativityk. Nuclear physicsl. Models of the atomm. Quantum mechanics and atomic physics2. Chemistry:a. Classification of elementsb. Compound formationc. Principles of chemistryd. Chemical reactionse. Complex moleculesChabot CollegeCourse Outline for Physical Science 15, page 2Fall 2003Course Content – continued:3. Astronomy:a. The solar systemb. The celestial spherec. Timed. Starse. Galaxiesf. Cosmologyg. Life in the universe4. Meteorology:a. The atmosphereb. Air motionc. Cloudsd. Air masses and stormse. Weather forecastingf. Climate5. Geologya. Earth materialsb. Earth building processesc. Deformation of the earth's crustd. Plate tectonicse. Gradation of the earth's surfacef. Internal structure of the earthg. The oceansh. Geological timei. Other topics that are pertinent and timely6. Collection, evaluation and analysis of the following areas of study a. Introduction to laboratory techniquesb. Physicsc. Chemistryd. Meteorologye. Geologyf. Astronomy7. Field trips to selected locations to emphasize principles studied in lecture and laboratoryMethods of Presentation:1. Lecture/demonstration2. Discussion3. Field trips4. Laboratory experimentation5. Class ParticipationTypical Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:1. Typical Assignmentsa. Weekly homework/question setsb. Laboratory reports (individual and group), including computer-based data acquisition andanalysisChabot CollegeCourse Outline for Physical Science 15, page 3Fall 2003Typical Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress – continued:c. Special exercise worksheets, problem review, and computer simulations and tutorials Horizontal Arrows—Time to Hit Ground 45Pictured below are eight arrows that have been shot horizontally, i.e., straight out, by archers on platforms. All of the arrows are identical, but they have been shot at different speeds from platforms of varying height. Specific values for the speeds and of varying heights are given in the figures. All of the arrows miss the targets and hit the ground. Rank these arrows, from longest to shortest, on the basis of how long it takes the arrows to hit the ground. That is, put first the arrow that will take the longest time from being shot to hitting the ground, and put lastthe arrow that will take the shortest time. Longest 1 _____ 2 _____ 3 _____ 4 _____ 5 _____ 6 _____ 7 _____ 8 _____ Shortestd. Both individual and group activities and research paperse. Participation in email and web-based instruction, discussion and tutorialsf. Internet research on topics dealing with physics and its applications to technologyg. 20-30 pages per week of reading from a college-level text2. Methods of Evaluating Student Progressa. Problem assignments b. Periodic written tests c. Laboratory Reportsd. Comprehensive final examination.Textbook(s) and Other Learning Material and Equipment (Typical):Physical Science Media Update, 2/E, Paul G. Hewitt (City College of San Francisco), John Suchocki, (Leeward Community College), Leslie Hewitt, 2001Special Student Materials: NoneRevised:

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