Introduction to Physical Science

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Course Description:
A general education course involving an elementary study of the physical laws that govern the universe, and the characteristics of matter, including the changes it undergoes. Demonstrations and practical applications are emphasized. This course is not intended for science majors. Credit will not be granted to students who have previously received credit for CHM 1045 or above or any physics course.


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Eligibility for MAC 1105



Dr. Jeff Bodart


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Bill W. Tillery, Physical Science. 11th Edition, McGraw Hill Publishing.  ISBN: 9780077862626


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Predict the kinematical parameters that describe motion in one and two dimensions.

Examine changes in motion by using Newton’s 2nd law and momentum applications.

Calculate mechanical work and exchanges in mechanical energy, and recall modern sources of energy used in society.

Calculate electric forces, analyze resistive circuits, and review the creation of electrical power.

Identify the periodic properties of matter and structure of the elements in the periodic table using properties of the electron configuration to predict chemical bonding and formula names.

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

Objective Tests, Problem Solving, Unit Tests, Homework


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lecture will be primarily from the textbook and will be enhanced by overhead presentations, demonstrations, charts, models, and board illustrations. Students are responsible for any material contained within the assigned chapters of the textbook, as well as any material covered during lecture. Emphasis should be placed on the key terms, the review material at the end of each chapter and online material available on the Chipola website as a means of preparing for tests.


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