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Physical Science II

PSC 102

Physical Science II

PSC 102

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2, and PSC 101.

Investigates fundamental concepts of chemistry and mechanics through a hands-on, applications based approach. Includes such topics as atomic structure, periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, organic chemistry, motion of objects, forces and how they relate to simple machines, mechanical energy, and fluid mechanics. Complements Physical Science I, PSC 101. Recommended for non-science majors, including education majors. (45-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Participate in the process of science.

Objectives:

  • Make observations.
  • Design experiments.
  • Conduct experiments.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses.
  • Collect data.
  • Analyze data.
  • Draw conclusions.
  • Report results.

Explain the basic concept of matter.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to phases of matter:

Understand the organization and function of the Periodic Table of the Elements.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to the periodic table:

Understand the principles of chemical bonding

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to ionic bonds:
  • Objectives that relate to covalent bonds:

Understand the principles of molecular interactions.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to intermolecular forces:
  • Objectives that relate to chemical solutions:

Understand the principles of chemical reactions.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to chemical equations:
  • Objectives that relate to acid/base reactions:
  • Objectives that relate to redox reactions:

Understand the principles of atomic, molecular, and molar masses.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to atomic and molecular masses:
  • Objectives that relate to atomic and molecular masses:

Understand the basic concept of organic chemistry and functional groups.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to compound classes and functional groups:

Demonstrate the competent use of common instruments and technology used in scientific investigation.

Objectives:

  • Use the metric system and common instruments of measure to determine mass, length, volume, and temperature.
  • Correctly use various kinds of scientific equipment and measuring devices.

Communicate in the language of the discipline.

Objectives:

  • Read critically.
  • Write effectively.
  • Listen actively.
  • Speak effectively.
  • Develop and interpret graphs and flow charts.

Engage in the critical thinking of the discipline.

Objectives:

  • Integrate concepts.
  • Solve problems.
  • Draw logical conclusions.
  • Make predictions based on evidence.
  • Identify trends and patterns.

Associate and cooperate with peers.

Objectives:

  • Work in small groups.
  • Accept responsibility for his/her share of the work.

Use the metric system of measurement.

Objectives:

  • Recognize reasonable measurements and appropriate units.
  • Demonstrate correct measurement techniques using a meter stick, graduated cylinder and balance.
  • Estimate common measurements using metric units.
  • Use the measuring equipment to acquire data, carry out appropriate conversions between units and analyze the significance of the data.

Explain the scientific method.

Objectives:

  • Define measurements, controls, variable, data, inferences, observations, hypothesis, theory, scientific law, and the scientific method.
  • List the steps in the scientific method.
  • Identify the components of a well-designed experiment.
  • Distinguish between observations and measurements.
  • Distinguish between a guess, hypothesis, and theory.
  • Draw a valid conclusion from a set of observations.
  • Construct and interpret graphs.
  • Develop a hypothesis and propose an experiment for a testable question.

Explain the basic concepts of mechanics.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to motion:
  • Objectives that relate to force:
  • Objectives that relate to momentum and energy:
  • Objectives that relate to gravity and satellite motion:
  • Objectives that relate to fluid mechanics:

Explain the basic structure of the atom.

Objectives:

  • Objectives that relate to atomic particles:
  • Objectives that relate to atomic arrangement: