111 Syllabus - PS100 W11

111 Syllabus - PS100 W11 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE 100 PHYSICAL...

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE 100 PHYSICAL SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS COURSE INFORMATION Winter Semester 2011 Section 47 (Online) PURPOSES OF THE COURSE 1 To gain a conceptual understanding of most of the fundamental principles governing the physical universe. 2 To understand how these few principles and models that are consistent with them explain much of what we observe directly in nature and some of what is observed when modern technology expands our view to include things that are very small and also things that are very large. 3 To understand how science works by assuming “self-evident truths,” postulating or guessing what might be, experimenting and using the measured results to test for consistency between what is guessed and what is observed. To understand the hope of scientists that as errors are discovered and rejected, it is possible to come closer to the “truth.” We believe that a study of the universe, done in the proper spirit, can increase faith in the Savior who under the direction of our Eternal Father organized the earth and heavens in harmony with Divine Law as a part of the plan that would make it possible for us to gain immortality and eternal life. HELP RESOURCES Class sessions: Unlike the other sections of the course, Section 47 is an online class. The once-per-week classroom sessions are optional. No lecture will be prepared by your instructor, but your TA will be available to answer questions. We do not use the iclicker in this class. Text: Physical Science Concepts (ISBN 0-9611938-10-6) by Mason, Griffen, Merrill and Thorne. This is not the book in the bookstore. It is an online text: http://einstein.byu.edu/~masong/HTMstuff/textbook.html Focus Questions: Focus Questions are included in the Study Guide sections of the text. Many of the questions on your examinations will be based on these questions. The Study Guide sections provide you with an outline of the fundamental principles, models, main questions, and terms that you will be expected to understand, answer, or use appropriately. Online Course Material: There are two web pages for this course. One is blackboard at http://blackboard.byu.edu/ . The other is the online course material. 1 Go to http://ps100.byu.edu 2 scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the link to “Internet course material.” 3 Click on “Start” and then select the link to “Course Setup” at the top of the page.
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4 Download the plugins if you need them. 5. At the bottom of the page click the button that says “I’ll be downloading from the internet.” Now you are set. There are numbers on the left side of the page, from 1 to 34. These are links to the online course material. This is an excellent resource to help reinforce what you learn in the book. It is not a replacement for the text, so be sure to read the book as well. Teaching Assistants:
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111 Syllabus - PS100 W11 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE 100 PHYSICAL...

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