Physical Sciences

Welcome to Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences is an introductory course designed to give students an opportunity to explore the basic concepts of physical science. The students will be introduced to the basic foundations of science, including skills, assumptions, and the role of technology in science. Then, students will learn about matter, atoms, and the periodic table. Students will dive into the chemical side of physical sciences with an introduction to chemical reactions and the chemistry of carbon and solutions. They will explore motion, forces, work, machines, and energy as well as nuclear energy and thermal energy. Lastly, students will get an introduction to waves and sound and electromagnetic radiation. The course provides extensive examples and practice to help students explain and apply the concepts. This course does not include a laboratory component.

This is a self-paced online course, designed for 3 hours of college credit. It contains 12 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to engaging with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz. To earn credit for the course, students must complete 68 low-stakes lesson knowledge-check quizzes, 12 module practice assignments (formative), 12 module evidence assignments (word problems – formative), 12 formative module quizzes, and 2 exams (proctored summative assessments).

Before you start the course

  • Review the Course Learning Outcomes, located in the the tab above
  • Download and review the Course Requirements Document, located in the Documents tab above.
  • Review the Technology Requirements, located in the Technology tab above.

To complete this course and receive a final grade

  • Study all of the lessons within each module and complete the Check Your Knowledge activity at the bottom of each Lesson to receive participation credit.
  • Complete each module quiz.
  • Complete each module evidence activity.
  • Complete the mid-term examination.
  • Complete the final examination.

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This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • The student will evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter.
  • The student will evaluate and explain chemical reactions including how these reactions relate to energy and matter.
  • The student will evaluate and explain forces and interactions as they relate to objects and systems of objects.
  • The student will evaluate and explain energy including the relationship between energy and force, chemical process, conservation, and transfer.
  • The student will evaluate and explain waves and electromagnetic radiation as they relate to the history of scientific discovery and current technologies.

Syllabus

You can download a readable PDF of the Course Syllabus

Course Requirements

You can download a readable PDF of the Course Requirements.

 

Planning Your Course

To help you plan out your studies, here are two schedules you can follow to complete this course.

  • 7-week course plan
  • 14-week course plan

Course Outline

Module 1 – The World of Science

What is Science?

  • What is science?
  • What is induction?
  • How does induction relate to science?
  • What are scientific theories?

Physical Science

  • Physical Science as a discipline
  • Physical Science relevance in everyday life
  • Careers in physical science
  • What is the focus of chemistry?
  • Chemistry’s role in Physical Science

Science in Action: Scientific Investigations

  • What is the Scientific Method?
  • What are the steps of the Scientific Method?
  • How do we use the Scientific Method?
  • What is Ethical Research?
  • Why is it important that we research ethically?

Essential Skills for Physical Science

  • Types of measurements that are used in Science
  • What is good scientific record-keeping?
  • What are Significant figures?
  • What is Scientific Notation?
  • What are descriptive statistics and how we use them?
  • How do we use models in Science?

Technology in Physical Science

  • Technological design process
  • Science and technology relationship
  • Technology and society relationships

Module 2 – Matter

Matter and its States

  • What is matter?
  • What is mass and how do we calculate it?
  • What is volume and how do we calculate it?
  • What are physical properties of matter?
  • What are Chemical properties of matter

Types of Matter

  • What are elements and atoms?
  • What are the differences between elements and atoms?
  • What are compounds, molecules, and crystals?
  • What are the differences between compounds, molecules, and mixtures?
  • What are the different types of mixtures?

Changes in Matter

  • Physical changes in matter
  • Chemical changes in matter
  • Differences between physical and chemical changes
  • Signs of Chemical Changes
  • Law of conservation of mass

States of Matter

  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Gases
  • Plasmas
  • Energy and States of Matter

Gases

  • What is pressure?
  • The Gas Laws
  • Charles’s Law
  • Amonton’s Law
  • Boyle’s Law

Changes of State

  • What are changes of state?
  • Energy, Temperature, and Changes of State
  • Changes between Liquids and Solids
  • Changes between Liquids and Gases
  • Changes Between Solids and Gases

This course is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet – to access course material and complete assignments. Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course for credit.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

NOTICE:  Though you can view and interact with all of the available course content on a tablet or smartphone, you MUST USE A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP computer to complete the proctored midterm and final examinations.

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

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