Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PHYS-1315 (Section: 71, CRN: 92111)
Physical Science I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Behrouz Pounaki
Email pounakib@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6330
Office Education I - Room: 131
Office Hours Online by appointment on Microsoft Teams. 
Additional Contact Information Please, contacts through your LSCPA assigned email only. Email your instructor and leave him your messages on Microsoft Teams room.
Course Information
Description Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology. May or may not include a laboratory.
Required 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, ed.6, Pearson Addison Wesley. ISBN-13: 9780134060484. Other versions of the textbook are accepted.
The instructor will provide other supplemental information:
Additional Materials/Resources
Additional Materials supplied by your instructor.
Corequisites/Prerequisites Learn how to use Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, computer and internet.
Recommended corequisite PHYS 1115."Learn how to use Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, computer and internet.
Recommended corequisite PHYS 1115."Learn how to use Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, computer and internet
Recommended corequisite PHYS 1115."Basic skill competency in reading, writing, and math.
Learn how to use Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, computer and internet.

Recommended corequisite PHYS 1115.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you will:
1-    Determine the components of linear motion like displacement, velocity, and acceleration. Understand different types of equilibrium.
2-    Apply Newton's laws to physical problems like gravity.
3-    Use principles of impulse and linear momentum.
4-    Solve problems by using principles of energy.
5-    Solve problems of the universal law of gravity.
6-    Understand and solve problems of projectile motion and satellites.
7-    Solve fluid mechanics problems.
8-    Solve problems using the principles of heat and thermodynamics.
9-    Understand heat transfer, change of phase, and climate change.
10-  Understanding atoms, fundamental particles, their interactions, and the periodic table.
11-   Learning models and the inter-relationship of fundamental charged particles.
12-  Understand radioactivity, forces inside the nucleus of an atom, nuclear fusion, and fission.
13-   Learn about the elements and compounds and know how to name them.
14-   Understand Ions and types of bonds, molecules.
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.
Lecture Topics Outline
Chapter(s) Contents
CH. 1 Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium:
CH. 2 Newton's Laws of Motion:
CH. 3 Momentum & Energy
CH. 4 Gravity, Projectiles, and Satellites
CH. 5 Fluid Mechanics
CH. 6 Thermal Energy and Thermodynamics
CH. 7 Heat Transfer and Change of Phase
CH. 12 Atoms and the Periodic Table
CH. 13 The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
CH. 14 Elements of Chemistry
CH. 15 How Atomic Bond and Molecules Attract
This schedule is an idealized guide for the course. Depending on the situation, changes may be made by the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus. Any changes will be announced in class and on the content folder of Blackboard, Bb, or through email.
Major Assignments Schedule Exam 1   Due Oct. 24, 2023
Exam  2  Due Nov. 7, 2023
Exam  3  Due Nov. 21, 2023
Academic Assessment Due Nov. 30, 2023
Final Exam Date December 1, 2023 - 1:1 PM   Through  December 8, 2023 - 8:1 AM
Grading Scale
90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Equal to, or below 59 = F
Roundup for decimals.
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework: About 10 HW Assignments 30%. You must submit at least 7 HWs, and may miss 3 HWs with no penalty.
The academic assessment Project is considered as one HW assignment and MUST BE submitted.
Quiz: About 4 Quizzes 20%. You can miss one quiz with no penalty.
Exams: About 3 Tests 20%. You can miss one Test with no penalty.
Comprehensive Final Exam 30%. You must take the Final Exam.
No makeup exams, no makeup homework or no makeup quizzes are given, and there are NO retake/resubmission on any exam, quiz, or homework. There is no late quiz or late exam, or late HW assignments.
Compulsory Exams, Quizzes, and homework that are not taken/submitted as scheduled will receive a grade of zero. 
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Only students enrolled in the online class are permitted in the online classroom.
Every assignment, test, homework, etc., should be typed and submitted/posted on Blackboard.
NO submission or posting of any type via email or as hard copy or printed version will be accepted.
You are expected to be courteous towards the instructor and your classmates.
It is students’ responsibility to have a reliable computer and internet access for the duration of this course.
Exams and quizzes can only be taken on a laptop or desktop computer. If your laptop/desktop computer breaks for any reason during the semester, it does not excuse you from the requirements and deadlines of the course. It is your responsibility to make sure all exams and assignments are completed by their due date and according to the instructions given. If uncertain about the reliability of your internet access during the exams, then use the computers at school and the library.
SafeAssign app on Blackboard examines all the assignments for any plagiarism. Matching of 20% or more can lead to a zero “0” grade ( 1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense) for all the parties involved. It is the student’s responsibility to prevent any failure of this kind by all means.

College-assigned email accounts will be used to deliver official college correspondence. Each individual is responsible for information sent and received via the email account. The instructor will not answer any email with no course and section number as the subject of the letter, with no further notice. Your instructor will not accept any correspondence by any other person via your college email account. This includes your parents/guardians. Parents/guardians of early college or dual credit students are requested please to contact Dr. Billups at billupshm@lamarpa.edu or (409) 984-6102. Faculty should not communicate with parents. This is institute policy.

Attendance Policy
This course is an Online Asynchronous course. When needed, there are online discussion meetings through Microsoft Teams that will be recorded and posted for students review. Attending the live meetings is highly recommended, but not mandatory.

Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
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Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431