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PHS 102 - Physical Science

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  

An introduction to the fundamentals of physical science, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, and geology. A knowledge of basic mathematics is required.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Distinguish natural sciences from physical sciences.
  2. List fundamental concepts that comprise physical sciences.
  3. Outline that each science embodies a way of thinking about nature.
  4. Explain many everyday phenomena through Physics, Astronomy, Meteorology, Chemistry and Geology.
Listed Topics
  1. PHYSICS: Motion, Force of Nature, Energy and the Conservation of Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Atomic Structure, Nuclear Structure, and Radioactivity
  2. ASTRONOMY: Earth and Moon, the Sun, the Solar System, Stellar Evolution, and Cosmology
  3. METEOROLOGY: Atmospheric Structure, Air Pressure and Temperature, Seasons, Climate Classification, Clouds, Precipitation, Weather Fronts, Cyclonic Storms
  4. CHEMISTRY: States of Matter, Periodic Table, Formation of Molecules
  5. GEOLOGY: Earth’s Interior, the Earth’s Crust, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanism, and Landforms
Reference Materials
Textbook; Handouts; Calculator
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 11/08/2006

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