Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

CHEM 108: *Physical Science Survey

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  Course Description

Examination of the physical world and its basic underlying scientific principles. Cross-listed as CHEM 108/PHYS 108.

Prerequisite: MATH 106 or higher.

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Shipman, J.T., Wilson, J.D., Higgins, C.A., & Torres, O. (2016). An Introduction to Physical Science with WebAssign Access (14th). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course is intended to introduce students to major topics in physics, chemistry, and astronomy. As this course is a part of the general education curriculum, students are expected to get both an introduction to the concepts within these three fields as well as develop comfort with the associated calculations.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the scientific method and the importance of units in scientific measurements.
  2. Solve problems based on Newton’s laws of motion, the three laws of thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of gases.
  3. Describe the structure of the atom, predict properties of the elements using the periodic table, and predict the results of fission and fusion transformations.
  4. Identify and name ionic and molecular chemical compounds, balance chemical reactions and solve problems based on reactions.
  5. Explain the structure of the solar system and explain how that structure gives rise to the solar day, the seasons and the phases of the moon.
  6. Describe the structure of stars, their classification, and other components of the universe including how the universe was formed.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 200 20%
WebAssign Homework (8) 160 16%
Quizzes (6) 180 18%
Problem Solving Challenge (6) 60 6%
Midterm Exam (1) 200 20%
Final Exam (1) 200 20%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 25 Wednesday/Sunday
Introductions 0 Sunday
WebAssign Homework 1 20
Quiz 1 30

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 1 10 Wednesday
Discussion 2 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 2 20 Sunday
Quiz 2 30
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 2 10 Wednesday
Discussion 3 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 3 20 Sunday
Quiz 3 30

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 3 10 Wednesday
Discussion 4 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 4 20 Sunday
Midterm Exam 200

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 4 10 Wednesday
Discussion 5 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 5 20 Sunday
Quiz 4 30

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 5 10 Wednesday
Discussion 6 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 6 20 Sunday
Quiz 5 30

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Problem Solving Challenge 6 10 Wednesday
Discussion 7 25 Wednesday/Sunday
WebAssign Homework 7 20 Sunday
Quiz 6 30

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 25 Wednesday/Saturday
WebAssign Homework 8 20 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussion assignments allow you to engage with one another to expand and reinforce your knowledge of the course material. Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am CT Monday. Initial posts responding to the prompts must be made by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You will then be required to respond to at least two of your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8 where they are due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday. You must make your initial post before reading your classmate’s posts.

Initial posts should be at least 250 words and include APA/MLA formatted citations for material that is not coming from the textbook. While these posts are not formal academic writing (i.e. an essay), they should be written clearly and free of errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Discussions are worth 25 points. A grading rubric is provided in the Content area.

WebAssign Homework

WebAssign Homework will allow you to practice answering questions including both knowledge building and computational questions. There are eight (8) weekly WebAssign Homework Assignments.

WebAssign Homework will consist of 30 questions about the relevant weekly chapters. Each assignment will be worth 20 points and your scores will be based on both completion and correctly answering the questions. Each assignment will have two sections, a knowledge base section (10 points) and a computation section (10 points). In the computational section, you will be able to attempt each question multiple times, however, you will lose ~5% on each attempt after the first. WebAssign Homework must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of the week assigned.

Quizzes

Quizzes will be conducted through WebAssign, and include a combination of multiple-choice and short answer questions.

There are six (6) Quizzes in Weeks 2-7. Each Quiz will have 15 questions focused on the concepts covered in the relevant chapters and 3-5 computational questions. You have one 60-minute timed attempt at each Quiz. Quizzes will open at 12:01 am CT Thursday and are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. You will be able to view your quiz after the deadline for completion has passed. Each Quiz will be worth 30 points, 15 points for conceptual questions and 15 points for computational questions.

Problem Solving Challenges

One of the greatest challenges students face is clearly explaining how they are solving problems (especially word problems). Problem Solving Challenges address this by asking students to explain how they are solving the problem and show their work.

There are six (6) Problem Solving Challenges in Weeks 2-7. Problem Solving Challenges will feature a similar question type to the WebAssign Homework. You will complete the Problem Solving Challenge by solving one of the problems and providing the solution in a typed, step-by-step outline of how you arrived at the solution, information you had to look up (if any), and walk through the problem-solving strategy they employed to arrive at the solution. If the assigned question necessitates equations or a table, the Equation Editor should be utilized to provide the appropriate equation.

Problem Solving Challenges are worth 10 points and must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday in the week it is due. A grading rubric is provided in the Content area. The ability to practice additional problems will be available if you wish to pursue further practice once the assignment is due using the "Practice Another Question" function in WebAssign.

Exams

There will be a Midterm Exam in Week 4 and a Final Exam in Week 8. Exams are focused on assessing the content knowledge and computational skills that you have developed over the course of the term. Both the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam will be proctored. The Midterm Exam will cover Chapters 1-5 and 9, and the Final Exam will be cumulative of material covered in Weeks 1-8.

Both the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam will be comprised of multiple-choice questions and algorithmic calculation questions. You will have only one 120-minute attempt at each Exam. You will be allowed to view the questions you have missed, without correct answers, after the due date for the Exams has passed. You will be allowed to use a calculator and blank scrap paper during the exams. A periodic table will be provided through D2L within the Exams.

The Midterm Exam will open at 12:01 am CT Wednesday and be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The Final Exam will open at 12:01 am CT Wednesday and be due on 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam are worth 200 points each.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Learning Resources
  • Chapters 1 and 2
  • Crash Course Chemistry - Units and Significant Figures (Video)
  • Significant Figures Step-by-Step (Video)

Discussion 1

Please provide one of your favorite recipes and convert its units of measurement to SI units. For example, if your recipe calls for a tablespoon of liquid, convert this to milliliters. Be sure to show your work or explain how you have done this. In your responses this week, please check the work of your classmates and, if you find any incorrect examples, explain how the unit conversion should be done.

Introductions

During the first week, we will take the time to "socialize" and get to know one another. Introduce yourself to the class. Include information such as what brought you to take this course, what you would like to get out of the course, and a trait you possess that you feel is unique or different from other people. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell us about yourself, including any personal or professional details you’d like to share, or even your location and how long you have lived there. Please feel free to tell the class about you.

WebAssign Homework 1

WebAssign Homework 1 will contain 30 questions about Week 1 course material.

Quiz 1

Covers Chapter 1 of the assigned text.

Learning Resources
  • Chapters 3 and 4
  • Crash Course Physics: Motion in a Straight Line (Video)
  • Crash Course Physics: Newton's Laws (Video)
  • Crash Course Physics: Work, Energy, and Power (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 1

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 2

Please explain two of Newton’s Laws (either from his three laws of motion or his gravitational law), and provide an example that supports your explanation. For your response, please extend one of the examples that two of your classmates have given to another of Newton’s Laws, and explain how that law is connected to your example.

WebAssign Homework 2

WebAssign Homework 2 will contain 30 questions about Week 2 course material.

Quiz 2

Covers Chapters 2-4 of the assigned text.

Learning Resources
  • Chapters 4 (from Section 4.4 forward) and Chapter 5
  • Crash Course Physics: Heat (Video)
  • Crash Course Physics: Kinetic Theory and Phase Changes (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 2

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 3

Please choose one type of renewable energy source and one type of alternative energy source discussed in section 4.6 of the textbook. Using a minimum of three sources other than the textbook, explain an advantage and possible disadvantage of each of those sources. For your responses, please compare another alternative or renewable energy source to those chosen by your classmates. Be sure to include at least one additional source to support your claims.

WebAssign Homework 3

WebAssign Homework 3 will contain 30 questions about Week 3 course material.

Quiz 3

Covers Chapters 4 (section 4.4 and forward) and 5 of the assigned text.

Learning Resources
  • Chapters 9 and 10
  • Crash Course Chemistry: The Nucleus (Video)
  • Crash Course Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 3

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 4

This week you will need to do a little research on a radioactive element. You can either find a naturally occurring radioactive element or a man-made element, but please provide a description of the element and describe the daughter isotopes that are produced during its decay. Please include at least two sources in your post.

For your responses, pick two different posts from your classmates and create balanced nuclear reactions from the original radioactive isotope to a daughter isotope. Be sure to use the appropriate isotopes and indicate what type of decay has occurred.

WebAssign Homework 4

WebAssign Homework 4 will contain 30 questions about Week 4 course material.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be a proctored exam covering all material from Weeks 1-4. It will contain 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have the use of a periodic table, calculator, and scrap paper for the exam.

Learning Resources
  • Chapters 11 and 12
  • Crash Course Chemistry: Atomic Hook-Ups (Video)
  • Ionic vs. Molecular (Video)
  • Writing Ionic Formulas: Introduction (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 4

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 5

The periodic table is a useful tool for understanding and predicting the properties of atoms and elements. For your post this week, describe three periodic trends that are present in the periodic table. Describe what each of the trends explains about the atom and how this trend varies across the periodic table. Additionally, pick four random elements that could represent each of your trends.

For your responses to your classmate's posts, order the atoms outlined in their post and explain why you have ordered the atoms in the way you have.

WebAssign Homework 5

WebAssign Homework 5 will contain 30 questions about Week 5 course material.

Quiz 4

Quiz 4 covers Chapters 11-12 of the assigned text.

Learning Resources
  • Chapter 13
  • Introduction to Balancing Chemical Equations (Video)
  • Balancing Chemical Equations - Chemistry Tutorial (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 5

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 6

The textbook outlines five types of chemical reactions. Using sources other than the textbook, find an unbalanced reaction for each type of reaction. Be sure to include an appropriate citation for your reaction.

For your responses to your classmate's posts, balance two of the reactions that were provided by your classmates and describe the process that you used to balance the reaction.

WebAssign Homework 6

WebAssign Homework 6 will contain 30 questions about Week 6 course material.

Quiz 5

Quiz 5 covers Chapter 13 of the assigned text.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Learning Resources
  • Chapters 16 and 17
  • Introduction to the Solar System (Video)

Problem Solving Challenge 6

Pick one of the five questions from the selection in WebAssign Assignment and explain how you have calculated the answer. If appropriate, include unit conversions that are necessary. If you have any questions about how to solve the question please make appropriate notes about where you are getting stuck in solving the problem.

Discussion 7

Pick one of the planets other than Earth in our solar system and compare it to Earth. Be sure to describe any similarities or differences. You will need to use a minimum of two sources other than the textbook and the course website.

For your responses to your classmate's posts, describe the moons and other small objects that are near the planet your classmates have discussed. If appropriate, describe the differences between these moons and the Earth’s moon.

WebAssign Homework 7

WebAssign Homework 7 will contain 30 questions about Week 7 course material.

Quiz 6

Quiz 6 covers Chapters 16 and 17 of the assigned text.

Learning Resources
  • Chapter 18
  • Stars: Crash Course Astronomy (Video)

Discussion 8

Suppose someone asks you, “What is in the universe? How do we know what is in the universe?”  Give us your answers (in your own words!) after reading the text and doing research on the internet.  Support your answer with scientific information from your text and internet sources.

For your responses to your classmate's posts, pick one of the two questions your classmate addressed and provide additional support for their explanation. Alternatively, if you disagree with their description, explain why you disagree. In either case you should include at least one additional source.

WebAssign Homework 8

WebAssign Homework 8 will contain 30 questions about Week 8 course material.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be a cumulative proctored exam covering all material from the course. It will contain 70 multiple-choice and calculation questions. You will have the use of a periodic table, calculator, and scrap paper for the exam.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

  • No late discussion posts will be accepted.
  • No late work will be accepted. If you have any challenges that will prevent you from completing assignments before they are due, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.