Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: PHYS-1317- Section: 71
Physical Science II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Behrouz Pounaki
Phone(409) 984-6437
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 227
Hours:TR 8:00 am to 11:00 am, W 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
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 PHYS 1315-01
Learning Outcomes
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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
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. ISBN-13: 9780134060484. Other editions are acceptable.

A free college Physics e-book for review:

The instructor will provide other supplemental information.

Lecture Topics
Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 & 2 8 Static and Current Electricity
3 & 4 9 Magnetism & Electromagnetic Induction
5 8-9 Test I Review & Test I
6 10 Wave and Sound
7 & 8 11 Light
9 10-11 Test II Review & Test II
10 26 Astronomy, The solar system
11 27 Star and Galaxies
12 26-27 Test III Review & Test III
13 16 Mixture
14 17 How Chemicals React
15&16 Review/Final

Major Assignments
Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 & 2 8 Static and Current Electricity
3 & 4 9 Magnetism & Electromagnetic Induction
5 8-9 Test I Review & Test I
6 10 Wave and Sound
7 & 8 11 Light
9 10-11 Test II Review & Test II
10 26 Astronomy, The solar system
11 27 Star and Galaxies
12 26-27 Test III Review & Test III
13 16 Mixture
14 17 How Chemicals React
15&16 Review/Final

HW assignments:

The first week 1 HW assignment
Ch 8 1 HW assignment
Ch 9 1 HW assignment
Ch 10 1 HW assignment
Ch 11 1 HW assignment
Ch 26 1 HW assignment
Ch 27 1 HW assignment
Ch 16 & 17 1 HW assignment
Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 11:0 AM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D 59 and lower = F Roundup for decimals
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework: 8 HW Assignments 40%
Quiz: 4 Quizzes 20%
Midterm Exam: 2 Tests 20%
Comprehensive Final 1 Test 10%
Core Project     10%
Total of 100%

No grades are dropped, and any uncompleted assignment, exam, or quiz will be averaged in with a grade of zero “0”.
No makeup exams, homework, or quizzes are given, and there is NO retakes/resubmission on any exam, quiz, or homework. Late assignments will not be accepted and will result in a grade of zero.
Exams, Quizzes, and homework that are not taken/submitted as scheduled will receive a grade of zero. The quiz and exam questions will primarily be of multiple-choice, true-false, or matching type. Any of the quizzes or exams may contain essay questions.
Laboratory courses and their grades are independent of the lecture course. Lecture and Lab grades are NOT combined.
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.

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 a hard copy or printed version will be accepted. You are expected to be courteous towards the instructor and your classmates. You are expected to be on time for lectures and online meetings. It would be best if you did not talk to your classmates while your instructor is talking or while one of your classmates is asking a question.
It is the students’ responsibility to have reliable computer and internet access for this course's duration. 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 course's requirements and deadlines. 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 your internet access's reliability during the exams, then use the computers at the library. SafeAssign app on Blackboard examines all the assignments for any plagiarism.
Matching of 20% or more will 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. 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 Ms. Billups at billupshm@lamarpa.edu or (409) 984-6102.
Faculty should not communicate with parents. This is the institute policy.

Correspondence: It is professional to use a formal tone when emailing your instructor.
All your correspondences should come from your Lamar State college assigned student email through Blackboard ONLY. I will answer your email within 24 – 48 business hours. Phone calls will be accepted during office hours.

Online class meetings: Students registering for online sections may attend class online via Microsoft Teams live on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. Lectures are recorded and will be posted on Teams for those who cannot attend.
In case you cannot attend the live meetings, you will need to watch the recorded session and write a short synopsis later during the week and submit it attached to your next assignment.
Students missing both live online sessions and synopsis will be penalized 50 points out of their next assignment.

I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email.

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus at any time as deemed necessary. Students will be informed of the modification through Blackboard course content as soon as possible.
We, at the LSCPA, are committed to continuously improve our quality of instruction and serving our students better.

Attendance Policy Please read the section Instructor Policy for the synopsis.
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 The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus at any time as deemed necessary.    
For all school holidays and information regarding Drops/withdrawals, refer to school policies.
I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email.
COVID-19 Please read the information and implement the recommendations https://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Alerts/COVID-19

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
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.