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PHS 102 - Physical Science II

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 4

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

Prerequisite(s): Take PHS 101  with a minimum grade of C.
Course Topics:
  • Review of scientific principles
  • Gravity, projectiles, and satellites
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermal energy and thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer and changes of phase
  • Mixtures
  • Acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Introduction to organic nomenclature
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Plate tectonics and Earth’s interior
  • The solar system
  • The stars
  • Cosmology

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn website
Required Materials:
  • A 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. Define and apply science-related vocabulary.
  2. Describe behaviors of projectiles and fluids.
  3. Describe energy changes, including those involved in phase changes.
  4. Classify substances (including mixtures and organic compounds) and reactions (including oxidation-reduction reactions and acid-base reactions).
  5. Describe primary geology concepts, including the rock cycle and plate tectonics.
  6. Describe the primary features of the solar system and the universe.

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