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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Natural Sciences • Physics


Fundamentals of Physical Science PHYS-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 01

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/24/2012



Contact Information


Instructor: Chad Ebert

Email: crebert@nic.edu
Office: STR 304
Phone: 208.676.7144

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM, STR 304
Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:50 AM, STR 304

Meeting Times


Lecture

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM, STR 315

Lab

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:50 AM, STR 306

Lab is Monday OR Wednesday OR Friday.

Description


This course is designed for the non-science major interested in an overview of the physical sciences and in developing an appreciation for the nature of the physical universe. It includes physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology and their relation to the world and universe in which we live. It fulfills one of the laboratory science requirements for the A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

Materials


An Introduction to Physical Science

Author: Shipman, Wilson, Todd
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Edition: 12

Laboratory Guide: An Introduction to Physical Science

Author: Shipman Baker
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Edition: 12

Lab Materials

Pencil, eraser, and preferably a calculator.

Outcomes


Course Outcomes - Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand the fundamental facts and concepts in four major scientific disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make conceptual connnections within and across scientific disciplines.

General Education Abilities emphasized in this course - 1) Critical/Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, 2) Mathematical, Scientific & Symbolic Reasoning

Outcomes and abilities are measured by any of the following:  Quizzes, tests, oral presentations, lab work.

Assessment


Breakdown

Grades will be broken down into three categories and weighted as follows:

Homework Quizzes = 25%

Labs = 25%

Exams = 50% 

I will tentatively use the grading scale shown below.  The minimum percentage requirement for a given grade may decrease, but will not increase.

Minimum   Percentage

Grade

Minimum   Percentage

Grade

Minimum   Percentage

Grade

93

A

80

B-

67

D+

90

A-

77

C+

63

D

87

B+

73

C

60

D-

83

B

70

C-

Below   60

F

 

Criteria

Homework Quizzes:

Homework involves reading the specified chapters and working through the end-of-chapter features (“Key Terms” through “Exercises”).  This will serve you better if you read the material before it is presented in lecture.  Numerous quizzes will be given periodically in lecture to test your understanding of the content in the text and lectures.  Each quiz will be equally weighted.  Your top 15 quiz scores will be counted toward your homework quiz score.  This will be 25% of your final grade.

Labs:

Your lab grade will be based upon participation in lab and the work you do on your lab data sheets.  Each lab is worth 20 points.  There are a total of twelve lab sessions for a total of 240 total possible points.  This will be 25% of your final grade.  Remember, attendance in lab is essential to the learning process and therefore required.  Tardiness will be penalized.  Absences in more than two labs will result in an overall final grade of an F. 

Exams:

Exams will be given in class on the dates shown in the schedule below.  There are a total of five exams, with no cumulative final exam.  Your exam score will be based on the best four scores out of these five exams.  This will be 50% of your final grade.  If you know you will miss an exam for any reason, notify me via phone or email as soon as possible so that accommodations can be made ahead of time.  If no accommodations can be reached before the exam starts, a grade of zero will be recorded for that exam.  No make-up exams will be given!

Course Policies


Attendance

Attendance in lecture will be recorded and is strongly encouraged.  Students will be responsible for all material covered in lecture.  Attendance in lab is essential to the learning process and therefore required.  Absences in more than two labs will result in an overall final grade of an F. 

Schedule


Tentative Course Schedule:

 

Date

Text Sections

Lecture   Topic

Lab   Activity

8/27

N/A

Introduction

NO   LAB

8/29

1.1-1.4

Science,   Measurement, and Units

8/31

1.5-1.7

More   Units and Significant Figures

9/3

N/A

NO   CLASS (Labor Day)

NO   LAB

9/5

2.1-2.3

Position,   Velocity, and Acceleration

9/7

2.4-2.5

Uniform   Circular Motion and Projectile Motion

9/10

3.1-3.4

Newton’s   Laws of Motion

Exp   1: Graphing

&   Exp 2: Measurement

9/12

3.5-3.7

Gravitation,   Buoyancy, and Momentum

9/14

4.1-4.3

Work   and Energy

9/17

4.4-4.6

Power   and Energy Consumption

Exp   24: Heat of Fusion

9/19

TEST 1

CHAPTERS 1-4

9/21

5.1-5.5

Temperature,   Heat, and Phases of Matter

9/24

6.1-6.3

Wave   Properties and Electromagnetic Waves

Exp   11: Waves

&   Exp 13: Plane Mirrors and Index of Refraction

9/26

6.4-6.6

Sound
  Waves, Doppler Effect, and Resonance

9/28

7.1-7.3

Reflection,   Refraction, Dispersion, and Spherical Mirrors

10/1

7.4-7.6

Lenses,   Polarization, Diffraction, and Interference

Exp   19: Ohm’s Law

10/3

8.1-8.3

Electricity

10/5

8.4-8.5

Magnetism   and Electromagnetism

10/8

TEST 2

CHAPTERS   5-8

Exp   9: Laws of Equilibrium

10/10

9.1-9.7

Atom   Models, Dual Nature of Light

10/12

10.1-10.3

Elements’   Symbols, Atomic Nucleus, and Radioactivity

10/15

10.4-10.7

Nuclear   Reactions and Radiation

Exp   35: Solutions and Solubility

10/17

11.1-11.3

Matter   and the Elements

10/19

11.4-11.6

Periodic   Table, Compounds’ Names, and Groups of Elements

10/22

12.1-12.4

Dalton’s   Atomic Theory and Ionic Bonding

Exp   34: Molecular Structure

 

10/24

12.4-12.6

Ionic   Bonding, Covalent Bonding, and Hydrogen Bonding

10/26

13.1-13.2

Chemical   Reactions

10/29

13.3-13.5

Acids   and Bases and Avogadro’s Number

Exp   3:  The Simple Pendulum

10/31

TEST 3

CHAPTERS   9-14

11/2

18.1-18.2

Celestial   Sphere and the Sun

11/5

15.1-15.3

Coordinates   Systems and Time

Exp   40:  Stars and Their Apparent Motions

&   Exp 41: Locating Stars in the Night Sky

11/7

15.4-15.6

Determining   Latitude and Longitude, Seasons, and Earth’s Precession

11/9

16.1-16.3

Solar   System, Major Planets, Earth

11/12

16.4-16.8

Terrestrial   Planets, Jovian Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Other Planetary Systems

Phases of the Moon

11/14

17.1-17.2

Earth’s   Moon and Its Effects

11/16

17.3-17.6

Other   Moons and Small Solar System Bodies

11/19

TEST 4

CHAPTERS   15-18

NO   LAB

11/21

N/A

NO   CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)

11/23

N/A

NO   CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)

11/26

21.1-21.3

Earth’s   Interior Structure and Plate Tectonics

Exp   50: Topographic Maps

11/28

21.4-21.6

Plate   Motion, Earthquakes, and Crustal Deformation

11/30

22.1-22.3

Minerals,   Rocks, and Igneous Rocks

12/3

22.4-22.6

Volcanoes,   Sedimentary Rock, and Metamorphic Rocks

Exp   51: Minerals

12/5

23.1-23.2

Weathering   and Erosion

12/7

23.3-23.4

Groundwater   and Shoreline/Seafloor Topography

12/10

24.1-24.2

Fossils   and Relative Geologic Time

NO   LAB

12/12

24.3-24.5

Radiometric   Dating, Age of the Earth, and Geologic Time Scale

12/14

N/A

NO   CLASS (Curriculum Day)

TBA

TEST 5

CHAPTERS   21-24 (during scheduled final time)

NO   LAB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Items


Division Policies


Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities.  Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information.  For a complete explanation of the NIC Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity, please refer to Policy/Procedure 5.06.01:  http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.06.01policy.pdf

Academic Integrity

I.  Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC “Student Code of Conduct,” Article II, (found in the Student Handbook): In order to carry out North Idaho College’s Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values, which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, make up academic integrity.
II.  Academic Dishonesty.  Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

  1. Cheating - Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
  2. Fabrication - Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Plagiarism - Knowingly representing the words, ideas or work of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
  4. Violation of Intellectural Property - Stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
  5. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - Knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.  Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies


Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:  http://www.nic.edu/calendar/

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.