SCI 113 : Physical Science
This course introduces non-science majors to the physical sciences. It focuses on selected topics from chemistry, physics, geology, and astronomy. Students apply scientific method in the laboratory and learn proper laboratory safety. Prerequisite: Introductory Algebra competency or high-school algebra. Three class hours and two laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery. 4 credits. Fall, Spring.
- Design and perform scientific experiments using of the principles of the scientific method to make observations, collect and analyze data, and present findings.
- Describe and explain the universality of the laws of physics including the concepts of motion, force and universal gravitation.
- Describe the basic structure of an atom, and using that structure, explain elements, isotopes, the types of chemical bonds and creation of compounds.
- Explain the causes of earthquakes and volcanos and using the theory of plate tectonics, describe the natural forces working to shape planet Earth.