Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. This is a laboratory course and all lab assignments will be conducted in tandem with the lecture portion of the course.  More detailed information on labs can be found on the departmental website.   This is a two semester course.  The first semester covers the basic concepts of chemistry and physics and the second covers fundamentals of geology, meteorology and astronomy. 
  2. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
    1. Students will learn to use appropriate equipment related to the physical sciences in a laboratory environment.  A well-written laboratory report will be turned in.
    2. Students will hypothesize the outcome of an experiment before the experiment is conducted based on what they have read and learned about the topic.  Afterwards they will evaluate their predictions and formulate reasons for any discrepancies in their hypothesis and the actual results.
    3. Students will be able to construct a circuit board with various components in it such as lights, switches, rheostats, etc.  Approval by the teacher will constitute successful completion of this outcome.
  3. Course Requirements
    1. Text – Physical Science  by Bill Tillery and accompanying lab manual, also by Tillery.  These come bundled together at the WTC bookstore at a significant discount to the student.
    2. Grading and Exams – Grades for this class will consist of periodic “hour quizzes” or major grades over each topic or group of related topics.  Each hour quiz will count equally including the final.  Missed quizzes may not be made up, except in extreme circumstances and then only at the discretion of the instructor. But at the end of the semester, the lowest major grade will be dropped excluding the final. Hour quizzes will count 50% of the course grade.  There will also be several daily grades throughout the semester.  These may announced or unannounced and will cover material that is being discussed at the time. Daily grades will count 25% of the lecture grade and may not be dropped.    Opportunities for extra points will be given throughout the semester over material we are covering at the time. These will take various formats but I will explain those as we reach that part of the course.
    3. Prerequisite Math 1314.
  4. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.
  5. Scope and Sequence for the Course
1 28 Physical and Chemical Change
2 29 and 30 Producing hydrogen and oxygen
3 32 Percent composition
4 34 Salts by Neutralization
5 35 Identifying salts
6 38 Measurement of pH
7 39 Water vapor
8 2 Ratios/Masses/Densities/Volumes
9 3 and 4 Motion and Free Fall
10 6 Projectile Motion  
11 8 Momentum
12 16 Thermometer’s Fixed Points
13 17 and 18 Absolute Zero and Specific Heat
14 20 and 21 Electric circuits
15 26 Speed of Sound
16 27 Reflection and Refraction



Last Modified: August 19, 2015