Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PHYS-1315- Section: 72
Physical Science 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 8-10am, 12-15pm, F 8-10 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 skill competency in reading, writing, and math.
Learning Outcomes CSLO 1 - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area material (PSLO Alpha) measured by pre-test/post-test.
CSLO 2 - Determine the components of linear motion (displacement, velocity, and acceleration), and especially motion under conditions of constant acceleration. (PSLO1, 2, 3, 4) measured by Homework and Test questions.
CSLO 3 - Apply Newton's laws to physical problems including gravity (PSLO1, 2, 3) measured by Homework, and Test questions.
CSLO 4 - Solve problems involving rotational and linear motion (PSLO 1, 3) measured by Homework, and Test questions.
CSLO 5 - Apply and use energy and work concepts (PSLO 1,3) measured by Homework, and Test questions
CSLO 6 - Apply and use impulse and momentum concepts(PSLO1, 2, 3, 4) measured by Homework, and Test questions.
CSLO 7 - Analyze problems and apply the principles of physics expressed in mathematical equations(PSLO3) measured by homework.
CSLO 8 - Read text material to identify important ideas and principles, and discuss their applications in physical situations(PSLO1) measured by homework and Test questions.
CSLO 9. Work in groups to develop presentations informing the class concerning important ideas and principles and their application(PSLO 1, 2, 4) measured by group projects in class, or discussion board for online courses.
CSLO 10. Solve problems using the principles of heat and thermodynamics (PSLO 3) measured by HW and Test questions.
CSLO 11. Solve basic fluid mechanics problems (PSLO 3) measured by HW and Test questions.
CSLO 12. Define the fundamental properties of matter (PSLO Alpha) measured by pre-test/ post-test.
CSLO 13. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions (PSLO 1, 3) measured by HW and Test questions
CSLO 14. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms (PSLO 1, 3) by HW and Test questions.
CSLO 15. Identify trends in the chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table (PSLO 1,3) measured by embedded questions and observations.
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: 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.

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 a substitute textbook.
https://openstax.org/details/books/physics
https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics

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

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.
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
Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 & 2 1 Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium: Assignment # 1, reviewing videos and reading the
subject
3 2 Newton's Laws of Motion: Assignment # 2, review powerpoints and videos, Do homework.
4 3 Momentum & Energy: Assignment # 3, study the chapter, assigned videos, and Ppts.
Submit HW.
5 4 Gravity: Assignment # 3, study the chapter, assigned videos, and Ppts. Submit HW.
5 1-4 Review & Test I
6 5 Fluid Mechanics: Assignment # 4, study Ppts, understanding the subject, submit HW.
7 6 Thermal Energy: Assignment # 5, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos, submit HW.
8 7 Heat Transfer: Assignment # 6, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos, submit HW.
9 5-7 Review and Test II
10 12 Atoms and the Periodic Table: Assignment # 7, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos,
submit HW.
11 13 The Atomic Nucleus: Assignment # 8, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos, submit HW.
12 14 Elements of Chemistry: Assignment # 9, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos, submit
HW
13 15 Atomic Bonding: Assignment # 10, study the chapter, Ppts, watch videos, submit HW.
14 12-15 Review & Test III
15 Review. In addition to review, this week we may catch up with any unforeseen school
closing like a hurricane, etc.
16 Final

There is at least one assignment for every chapter we cover. The assignments are weekly. The tests and HWs are online. Students may have online quizzes and reports as well at any date through the semester.

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Final Exam Date December 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F Roundup for decimals
Determination of
Final Grade
Your grade, at any date, is the mean value of your graded assignment, homework, quizzes, projects/reports, and exams. Every exam is considered as two homework assignments.
Laboratory courses and their grades are independent of the lecture course.
I will furnish you with a lab report template and guidelines.
Five unexcused absences will result in an F for the final grade.
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.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.
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 1. For all school holidays and information regarding Drops/withdrawals refer to school policies.
2. 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.
3. COVID-19 Please read the information and implement the recommendations https://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Alerts/COVID-19
4. Every assignment, test, homework, etc. should be submitted through Blackboard only.
5. This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.