SC 130 Physical Science spring 2010

Files on this page are in a variety of formats. See note.

General course files

Spring 2010 calender and syllabus.odsGeneric syllabus and calendar in text

Assessment fall 2009
General education program laboratory science outcome assessment rubric

Access to material from other terms

Lab write-up format sample (odt)
Jump rope lab sample in xhtml

Notes on durable for life email addresses

Activities, laboratories, and evaluations in chronologic order

Course introduction: Space, time, and matter

Space, time, and matter. The rest is energy.

Unit one: standard measures of space, time and matter

011 Measuring space, time and matter: Getting to know your personal measurements
012 Laboratory one: Speaking on a soap box
013 rubric
  Making XY graphs in OpenOffice 2.4 and 3.0 [T?]
  Making XY graphs in Excel [T?]

Unit two: linear motion

021 Measuring motion: What is your velocity?
022 Laboratory two: Linear motion A rolling ball gathers no moss
023 rubric
022 lab report feedback notes

Unit three: accelerated motion

031 Parabolic path: The arc of a sphere
032 Laboratory three: accelerated motion Dropping the ball on the job
033 rubric

Unit four: kinetic energy and linear momentum

041 Conservation of energy: Banana leaf marble ramp
042 Lab 04: Momentum Loosing your marbles
043 rubric

Unit five: Forces and Newton's law

051 Forces
The Book of Phyz by Dean Baird
056 Lab 05 Hooke's Law

Unit six: heat

061 Introduction to temperature: boiling and melting
062 Laboratory six: heat conduction If you cannot take the heat, get a non-conductor
063 rubric

Optional interstitial activity [Can occur at any point in term]

061 Air pressure activities

Unit seven: Latitude and Longitude

071 Hide and seek activity
072 Laboratory seven: Changes in latitude, longitude, and the metric system Walking the line - of latitude [T]
073 rubric

Unit eight: Clouds

081 Relative humidity and precipitation
082 Laboratory eight: Clouds The stuff of which dreams are made
083 rubric

Unit nine: Sound

091 Waves on a chain
092 Laboratory nine: Sound. Mach one: the speed of sound
093 rubric

Unit ten: Optics

101 Lenses
102 Laboratory ten: reflection and refraction Mirror, mirror on the wall
103 Rubric

Unit eleven: Spectra: the colors of light

111 Activity includes playing with a cereal box spectrometer, colors of the rainbow
112 Laboratory eleven: colors of light Somewhere over the rainbow [T]
Spectrum using SVG

Unit twelve: Electricity and magnetism

121 Magnetism, magnetic fields, and iron filings
122 Laboratory twelve: Circuits, conduction, and Ohm's law Let your light bulb shine
123 rubric

Unit thirteen: Chemistry

131 Introduction to periodic table, chemical symbology
132 Laboratory thirteen: Flower colors, acids, and bases: Chemistry from the flower garden in the kitchen
Chemicals print out sheets for use in lab
133 rubric

Unit fourteen: Astronomy

One minute celestial objects presentations
Monday-Wednesday video: Stephen Hawking and the theory of everything

Favorite labs survey

142 Laboratory 14: Final practical fall 2007: Angle of reflection
142 Laboratory 14: Final practical spring 2008: Image depth
142 Laboratory 14: Final practical fall 2008: Magnification
142 Laboratory 14: Final practical spring 2009: Index of refraction of glass from image depth
142 Laboratory 14 :Final practical fall 2009: Index of refraction of glass from image depth

Unit fifteen: Cosmology

MITC DVD 393: Stephen Hawking and the theory of everything. Join Hawking and other renowned thinkers as they explore the revolutionary new ideas that have evolved since the publication of his blockbuster book. Besides interviews, this stimulating documentary uses computer graphics and simple, easy-to-understand demonstrations to explain complex concepts. Topics include black holes, string theory, super symmetry, dimensions beyond our perception, and the mysterious M force - all potential keys to unlocking the elusive "theory of everything" that seems so tantalizingly close.

152 Laboratory fifteen: Site swap notation Keeping three too-many balls up in the air

Sample final fall 2009. Questions will vary.

Homework and coursework related materials

Significant digits in the soap box volume laboratorypdf
Stopwatch operationstopwatch diagram
Ball arc activity.pltblank
Ball arc as activity two spring 2008
Sphere arc activity fall 2008
Using statistical modes on a Sharp EL-531W calculator
Marble momentum
Graph choices
Mathematical models
SVG graph and relationship analysis decision tree
Math models two homework
Award words
Cabinet clean-up
table makerhtml

Instructional support materials

OpenOffice Calc file for building xhtml5 pages with SVG xy scatter graph
SVG and MathMl testbed page

Magnifying lens regression
Ball arc
Center of gravity and cantileverscantilever.ods

Fall 2008: An increasing number of files are in XHTML5 + SVG + MathMl format. These files can be rendered by FireFox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. No Microsoft product will properly render any of these files. Other files are in OpenDocument formats and were created using A few are Gnuplot plot files. Other formats such as Excel and portable network graphic files are present as well.

File types key

  • .html HyperText Markup Language web page
  • .odg Draw
  • .ods Calc
  • .odt Writer
  • .pdf Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File
  • .plt Gnuplot 4.0 file. Edit with text editor, open with Gnuplot
  • .png Portable Network Graphic
  • .wxm Maxima wxMaxima 5.12 file
  • .xhtml XHTML5 + MathMl + SVG

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