Physical Science 110A Course Syllabus

Physical Science 110A Course Syllabus - Physical Science...

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Physical Science 110A Course Syllabus Fall 2010 PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SYLLABUS THOROUGHLY. Instructors Lawrence Rees N N357 ESC, 801-422-4307 i Office hours: T,Th 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. am and by appointment Email: Lawrence_Rees@byu.edu Teaching assistants: in laboratory room, C251 ESC, 801-422-9288 Course Objectives The basic aim of this course is to teach you the foundational principles of physical science so that you can 1) better understand the world around you, 2) better appreciate the beauty and symmetry of natural law, and 3) better teach elementary school children physical science principles and the scientific approach to analyzing information and solving problems. More specifically, if you successfully finish the course, you will: 1) be able to explain the meaning of basics concepts of physics and chemistry. 2) see applications of physical science in the world around you. 3) be able to read and understand non-technical scientific literature about topics in physics and chemistry. 4) be able to evaluate arguments about public issues that involve topics in this course. 5) be able to teach scientific ideas using an inquiry-based approach. 6) have a repertoire of simple experiments using ordinary materials and equipment that you can use to teach basic principles and develop scientific inquisitiveness. These goals are accomplished through homework problems that relate to science in everyday life, inquiry-based lectures, group discussions that emphasizing teaching ideas, test questions that relate to science in the news, and labs that make science a hands-on experience. Although Physical Science 110A is a course for elementary school teachers, the course will give you a much greater breadth and depth than is necessary for elementary education. We will concentrate on teaching you science; however, we will discuss a few topics from physics education research and discuss topics in the Utah State Science Core in a little greater depth. Our treatment is conceptual, not heavily oriented to mathematical problem solving. The important ideas are accessible to you no matter what your previous experience in mathematics or science may have been. They are not trivial, however. The ideas you will study have been selected from among the most profound ideas ever discovered and understood. They have had enormous impact on our culture, our history, even on the ways we think. Serious study will be required if you are to master them. Text and Lab Manual Our required text is Physical Science Foundations, 2.5th Edition, by Brigham Young University College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This is also the Physical Science 100 text. We will study chapters 1-23, 25 and 34.
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Our laboratory manual is Ideas and Experiments in Physical Science, 2nd Edition, by B.K. Harrison. It is really more of a supplement than a lab manual as it contains notes for each
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