Laboratory experience to complement the course PHYS 108. Cross-listed as CHEM 108L. Prerequisite: PHYS 108 or concurrent enrollment. PHYS 108 must be completed before PHYS 108L can be used for G.E. credit. G.E.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
PHYS 108 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Laboratory Guide for an Introduction to Physical Science
By J. Shipman and C. Baker (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended
Laboratory Manual For Conceptual Physical Science
By Hewitt, Suchocki, and Hewitt (Addison-Wesley) Recommended
Lab Manual to Accompany Physical Science
By Tillery (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
To illustrate and verify the laws of physics, chemistry, and astronomy learned in PHYS/CHEM 108.
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.
Experiments may include:
Newton’s Second Law
Heat of fusion
Density of liquids and solids
Observing the phases of the Moon
Determining acceleration due to gravity
Determining Avogadro’s number
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24
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.