Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PHYS-1115- Section: 76E
Physical Science Laboratory I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Behrouz Pounaki
E-mailpounakib@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6437
Office
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 227
Hours:MW 9:00 -10:00 am, and 11:00 -15:00 pm, F 9:00 - 10:00 am
Department
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
E-mail:davisml1@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology.
Prerequisites Basic competency skills in reading, writing and mathematics is required.
Learning Outcomes CSLO 1: Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment (PSLO 1, 2, 3) measured by the formal Lab Report.

CSLO 2: Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method (PSLO 1, 2) measured by the formal Lab Report.

CSLO 3: Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports (PSLO 1, 2, 3, 4) measured by the formal Lab Report.

PHYS 1115 Physical Science Laboratory I (lab)
Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy,
and meteorology.
Develop techniques to perform experiments using lab setups and/or use lab simulators. Perform data collection and draw conclusions from the experiments. Using scientific methods do the experiments, data collection, report the results, and perform analysis. The experiment should be reported scientifically as a written laboratory report which will be measured and assessed.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA (LSCPA): Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.


PSLO 2: Communication Skills Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.


PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Conceptual Physical Science by Paul Hewitt, 6th ed, Pearson Addison Wesley & The Laboratory Manual. Other editions are acceptable.
I am furnishing you with these online free resources you may find helpful to review or use as substitute textbooks.
https://openstax.org/details/books/physics

https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics

https://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00014167/00001

Lecture Topics
Outline
Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 & 2 1 Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium:
3 2 Newton's Laws of Motion:
4 3 Momentum & Energy
5 4 Gravity
5 1-4 Test I Review & Test I
6 5 Fluid Mechanics
7 6 Thermal Energy
8 7 Heat Transfer
9 5-7 Test II Review & Test II
10 12 Atoms and the Periodic Table
11 13 The Atomic Nucleus
12 14 Elements of Chemistry
13 15 Atomic Bonding
14 12-15 Test III Review & Test III
15 Review/Final
16 Final
Major Assignments
Schedule

There is an average of one laboratory assignment for each week according to the lecture topic outline as follow:

Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 & 2 1 Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium:
3 2 Newton's Laws of Motion:
4 3 Momentum & Energy
5 4 Gravity
5 1-4 Test I Review & Test I
6 5 Fluid Mechanics
7 6 Thermal Energy
8 7 Heat Transfer
9 5-7 Test II Review & Test II
10 12 Atoms and the Periodic Table
11 13 The Atomic Nucleus
12 14 Elements of Chemistry
13 15 Atomic Bonding
14 12-15 Test III Review & Test III
15 Review/Final
16 Final

Students need to experiment and turn in at least 12 lab reports to be qualified for the final grades.







Final Exam Date December 7, 2020 - 1:00 AM   Through  December 7, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Your grade, at any date, is the mean value of your graded assignment, homework, quizzes, projects/reports. Every exam is considered as two lab reports.
Laboratory courses and their grades are independent of the lecture course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
All assignments must be summited through Blackboard for evaluation and grading.
Late assignments will not be accepted. Due dates are posted for each lab report.
Your lab report should be formatted and typed as instructed in your assignment instruction.
Each student must do the experiment personally and write her/his own report.
The instructor reserve the right to modify the syllabus. The students will be notified of the changes in advance by Blackboard announcement and or email.
Any plagiarism will lead into a fail ,0, final grade
Attendance Policy This term, Fall 2020, your course is a virtual laboratory, mostly using free-access academic oriented laboratory simulators. Turning in your lab report by the due date is considered as your attendance. Zero marks for a late assignment.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

For the laboratory, you will learn more about how to take safety precautions in your daily life and in the labs, how to write a lab report, and how to use online simulators to have a better understanding of the subject and the physical world around you. You will receive instructions for the lab assignments each week.

You will use online simulators For each laboratory experiment. Lab assignments will be posted on Blackboard.
I will furnish you with a lab report template and guidelines.


HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.