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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 108L
Course Title: *Physical Science Survey Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description: Laboratory experiences to complement CHEM 108. Cross-listed as PHYS 108L. CHEM 108 must be completed before CHEM 108L can be used for G.E. credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 108 or concurrent enrollment. G.E.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CHEM 108 or concurrent enrollment
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Laboratory Guide for an Introduction to Physical Science
By Shipman, Wilson & Todd (Houghton-Mifflin)
Laboratory Manual For Conceptual Physical Science
By Hewitt, Suchocki, and Hewitt (Addison-Wesley)
Lab Manual to Accompany Physical Science
By Tillery (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To illustrate and verify the laws of physics, chemistry, and astronomy learned in PHYS/CHEM 108.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply the scientific method.
  • Measure physical quantities.
  • Convert between different units of measurement.
  • Quantify the precision of measured and calculated quantities using significant figures.
  • Differentiate between accuracy and precision of experimental results and quantify each.
  • Relate physical quantities using graphs.
  • Apply all of these skills to the particular experiments chosen for the course.
    Topical Outline: Experiments may include:
  • Graphs
  • Measurement
  • Newton’s Second Law
  • Heat of Fusion
  • Density of liquids and solids
  • Molecular structure
  • Kepler’s Law
  • Observing the phases of the moon
  • Hubble’s Law
  • Determining acceleration due to gravity
  • Centripetal force
  • Specific heat
  • Determining Avogadro’s number

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: August 27, 2014
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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