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PHS 101 - Physical Science I

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 4

Description: This is the first of a sequence of courses in physical science and includes an introduction to science with emphasis on science terminology and investigations of the physical world. Topics are selected from astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Prerequisite(s): Take MAT 102  or MAT 103 ENG 100  and RDG 100  with a minimum grade of C.
Course Topics:
  • The scientific method
  • Measurement in the metric system
  • Motion and equilibrium
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Momentum and energy
  • Static and current electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetic induction
  • Waves and sound
  • Light
  • Atoms and the periodic table
  • Atomic nucleus and radioactivity
  • Elements of chemistry
  • How atoms bond and how molecules attract
  • Chemical reactions

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn website
Required Materials:
  • Scientific calculator capable of scientific notation, logarithms, and exponents is required.
  • Students should be prepared to create computer-generated graphs.
    Students may make use of SCC computer lab facilities outside of class hours as necessary to create graphs.

Grading System:
An overall grade of C or higher is required for transferability.

A =  90 - 100
B =   80 - 89
C =   70 - 79
D =   60 - 69
F =     0 - 59

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify and apply core scientific principles required of all scientific disciplines.
  2. Describe introductory energy concepts.
  3. Describe the fundamental properties of matter.
  4. Identify chemical equations and their parts (coefficients, products, reactants, etc.).
  5. Describe basic physics principles related to motion.

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