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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHYS 108
Course Title: *Physical Science Survey
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of the physical world and its basic underlying scientific principles. Cross-listed as CHEM 108. Prerequisite: MATH 106 or higher. G.E.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MATH 106 or higher.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Odd Spring

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Conceptual Physical Science
By Hewitt and Suchocki (Addison-Wesley)
An Introduction to Physical Science
By Shipman, Wilson and Higgins (Cengage)
Physical Science
By Tillery (McGraw-Hill)
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
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Measurement
  • Force and motion
  • Work and energy
  • Temperature and heat
  • Atomic physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • The chemical elements
  • Chemical bonding
  • The solar system

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Date: December 6, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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