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Science 102: Principles of Physical Science

Course Category: 

Various; distance learning format.


34 hours (10 weeks).


December 2014 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the relationships between force, motion and acceleration, the laws describing circular motion and gravitational forces, mass-energy conversion, different energy types and the law of thermodynamics and how it applies to physical science; define reflection, dispersion, refraction in the electromagnetic spectrum, characteristics of visible light waves and the fundamentals of electric power, circuits and currents; examine the practical applications of magnetic forces, the strength, shape and direction of magnetic fields and the variables affecting electromagnetic induction; breakdown how to convert units of measurement, conduct dimensional analyses, the concept of significant figures, scientific notation and the differences between matter's physical and chemical properties; examine molality and molarity, Raoult's law and colligative properties, as well as the formation and properties of ionic compounds; investigate diagrams and theories used to explain ion formation, bond polarity, intermolecular forces and molecular shape; interpret groups and periods in the periodic table, early atomic theory, atomic numbers, mass and the laws that apply to atoms, steps for balancing chemical equations and calculating excess reactants, percent composition, reaction yield, percent yield and radioactivity; and examine the pH scale along with the Bronsted-Lowry, Lewis and Arrhenius definitions of acids and bases, acid-base and solubility equilibriums.


Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: force, mass, and Newton's Laws of Motion; thermodynamics and energy; principles of thermodynamics; sound waves and optics; basics of electric power; magnetic forces and fields; experimental chemistry in the laboratory; properties of matter in chemistry; compounds and concentration; basics of chemical bonding; properties of gases and gas laws; kinetics in chemistry; the Periodic Table; atoms and Atomic Theory; understanding stoichiometry; radioactivity; acid-base chemical reactions; and chemical equilibrium.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Physical Science or Principles of Physical Science (12/16).