A conceptual overview of physical science intended for non-science majors, including elementary education. Topics will include the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and meteorology.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall be able to: A. Explain the nature of science including: measurement systems, collecting data and the scientific method. B. Describe how forces act to change the motion of an object. C. State the relationship between work and energy and express ways energy transforms but is still conserved. D. Describe the relationship between the motion of molecules, heat and temperature. E. Discuss atomic theory and describe the structure of the atom. F. Using an atoms electron sturcture, determine when and how atoms join in certain numbers. G. Given elements determine the chemical formula of the compound they will form, and given compounds determine if and then how they will react with one another. H. Discuss how motions of planetary bodies, such as the Earth and moon, are used to define time, describe location, how they cause the recurrent phenomena (seasons, phases of the moon, tides). I. Describe the evolution of stars, the nature of galaxies and the universe. J. Describe the relationship between minerals and rocks, and the cycle of ongoing changes they go through. K. Explain plate tectronics, the internal forces that drive it, natural events (volcanoes, earthaquakes, topography) in relation to plate boundaries. L. Describe how external forces are shaping the surface of the Earth by breaking up, removing and transporting sediment. M. Describe weather in terms of global air circulations, regional weather (cold and warm fronts, pressure gradients and cloud formations) and local effects (i.e. topographical influences and formation of supercell thunderstorms).