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PHY 100 Physical Universe
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only
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Description: The basic principles of physics and chemistry and their application in science, technology, and everyday life. Emphasis is on the fundamental behavior of matter and energy in physical systems with concepts presented and applied at the mathematical level of elementary algebra.

Prerequisites: MAT092; RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None


Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Apply the methods of observation and scientific inquiry in the measurement and calculation of quantities such as density, displacement, velocity, and acceleration incorporating the implementation and interpretation of the outcome of laboratory experiments.

2. (Analysis Level) Outline the progression of our view of our place in the universe from ancient to modern times in terms of how astronomical observations inform our worldview.

3. (Application Level) Apply Newton's laws and the conservation of mechanical energy to physical situations such as a baseball in flight, or a car braking to a stop while traveling down a hill.

4. (Knowledge Level) Name nature's two great conservation laws and state which quantities are being conserved.

5. (Knowledge Level) Identify the four states of matter in terms of how molecular structure differs among the material states of solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.

6. (Analysis Level) Outline the basic organization of the periodic table of elements and identify key components of atomic structure such as the number of protons, atomic mass, and basic electron configurations within a molecule.

7. (Knowledge Level) Define the composition and basic structure of the atmosphere in terms of the ten general cloud types in their correct altitude range, the two minor atmospheric constituents that play a major role in the energy balance of the surface of the earth and their effect, and be able to visually identify the clouds observed on any given day.

8. (Analysis Level) Outline the major geological processes that continually shape the surface of the earth, such as plate tectonics in terms of boundary conditions and their impact on volcanic activity, ocean trench formation and earthquakes, as well as the rock cycle and how it relates to the three major rock types.

9. (Comprehension Level) Explain the phases of the moon and the lunar cycle in terms of visibility, and describe the sun-moon gravitational interaction that is responsible for ocean tides.

10. (Analysis Level) Explain why the earth has seasons in relation to the apparent path of the sun in the sky to the tilt of the Earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution.

11. (Analysis Level) Outline the life cycle of stars in general and our own sun in particular, and describe the stellar evolution of main sequence stars in terms of the nuclear reaction at their core and how that relates to stellar color and brightness.

12. (Evaluation Level) Outline the present explanation of the origin of the universe, and compare and contrast challenges to the Big Bang Theory by giving a historical synopsis of cosmology over the last century.

13. (Analysis Level) Explain what an electrical current is and how magnetic fields are related to electrical currents in terms changing magnetic fields.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
None