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HSC 040
PhysicalScience I


Credits: 1- 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 0

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50


Description
This course provides an introduction to the Physical Sciences, including topics from the fields of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology. Emphasis will be on understanding the Scientific Method in preparation for advanced to college-level science courses.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply the Scientific Method to investigate the physical world.
  • Identify and describe current issues involving the physical sciences and society.
  • Describe how the physics, astronomy, and geology presented in the classroom connect with everyday events.
  • Use simple equations in physics, astronomy, and geology to show how physical quantities are related to each other.
  • Apply scientific principles in lab and field experiments.

  • Course Topics
  • I. The Tools of Science and Thinking like a Scientist A. Measurement and Mathematics B. Scientific Method C. Role and limits of science
  • II. Energy (Physics) A. Energy and Heat B. Motion, Force, and Gravity C. Electricity and Magnetism D. Light and Sound
  • III. The Heavens (Astronomy) A. Solar System 1. Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton 2. Sun and Planets 3. Asteroids, Comets, and Beyond B. Stars 1. Distances to stars 2. Life cycle and types of stars, including our Sun C. Galaxy and Universe 1. the amazing scale of distance and time in the universe 2. types of galaxies and our Milky Way Galaxy 3. Big Bang Theory
  • IV. The Earth (Geology) A. Landscape regions of the Pacific Northwest B. Structure and Layers of the Earth C. Plate Tectonics D. Earthquakes and Volcanoes E. Types of Rocks F. Earth Ages and the Geologic Time Scale(Deep Time)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    HSC 040
    Fall 2014
    1760
    Gary Benefiel
    HSC 040
    Fall 2013
    1760
    Gary Benefiel
    HSC 040
    Fall 2012
    1662
    Gary Benefiel
    HSC 040
    Fall 2011
    1240
    Gary Benefiel
    HSC 040
    Fall 2010
    1240
    Gary Benefiel


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.