House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PHYS-1417-73 (Physical Science II)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorByrd, Otis E.
Phone(409) 984-6437
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:M-W 2-4, F 10:30-12, T-R 8:00 to 10:50
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
Room #:227
Course Information
Course ID #10161
Course Subject-Number-SectionPHYS-1417-73
Course TitlePhysical Science II
Course Description A course for non-science majors. Topics may include astronomy, chemistry, geology,meteorology or physics.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, ed.11 published by Addison Wesley
Learning Objectives COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, a student will demonstrate:

Intellectual Competencies

1. The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

2. The ability to analyze and interpret spoken communication.

3. The ability to use critical thinking skills to apply concepts and solve problems

4. The ability to use computer-based technology in the acquisition of information,

acquisition of data, and data analysis

Exemplary Educational Objectives

•        Define temperature and temperature scales

•        Understand heat, internal energy, and specific heat

•        Describe heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation

•        Understand Newton’s law of cooling and the greenhouse effect

•        Describe the heat transfer involved with evaporation, condensing, freezing, melting, and boiling

•        Define the parts of an atom

•        Understand a simple model of the atom

•        Visualize the size of an atom

•        Understand how light is emitted

•        Understand why some materials are opaque and others transparent

•        Develop a conceptual understanding of why light slows down traveling through materials

•        Understand the law of reflection

•        Explain refraction and the cause of refraction

•        Draw ray diagrams for converging lenses

•        Explain the critical angle and total reflection

•         Understand the fundamental optic principles related to fiber optics

•        Identify different types of fiber optic cables

•        Describe the angle of acceptance and the numerical aperture

•        Explain the critical angle and total reflection

•        Draw ray diagrams for converging lenses

•        Explain the critical angle and total reflection

•        Understand diffraction of light through a thin slit, interference of light

through two closely spaced thin slits, and interference due to thin films

•        Explain polarization of light

•        Understand excitation and light emission

•        Describe the workings principles of a laser and laser applications

•        Understand conceptually the wave particle duality of light and quantum theory


1.        The ability to develop a capacity to use the knowledge of how technology and science affects our lives.

2. The ability to use logical reasoning in problem solving

Major Assignments Out Outline by Topics

Week 1: Introduction Chapter 11: Atomic structure

Week 2: Chapter 15: Temperature

Week 3: Chapter 16: Heat transfer

Week 4: Chapter 17: Change of Phase

Week 5: Chapter 11: Atomic Nature         

Week 6:         Chapter 11: Complete Atomic Nature, Review Test 1

Week 7: Chapter 26: Light                

Week 8: Chapter 27:          Color

Week 9: Chapter 28:          Reflection

Week 10: Chapter 29: Refraction Fiber Optics,

Week 11: Chapter 29: Fiber Optics, Review, Test 2

Week 12: Chapter 30: Light Emissions

Week 13: Chapter 31: Quanta

Week 14: Chapter 31:         Laser

Week 15: Review for


Assignments From Text

Time Due January 26

Chapter        11 THE Atomic nature of Matter

Review Questions        1 through 12,20,21,24, & 26 Page 210

Exercises        1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Page 211

Experiment        not assigned

Time Due        February 2

Chapter        15 Temperature Heat and Expansion

Review Questions        1 through 17,20,21,25,28 Page 280-281

Exercises        2,3,6,8,9,and 14 Page 281-282

Experiment        Water at different temperatures

Time Due        February 16

Chapter        16 Heat Transfer

Review Questions        1 through 14, 24, 26, 30 Page 296-297

Exercises        1,2,3,4,6,7,8 Page 297-298

Experiment        Cool Soda

Time Due        February 23

Chapter        17 Change of Phase

Review Questions        1 through 14,16,18,19,21,22,23,24,26,and 27 311-312

Exercises        1,2,3,and 4 Page 312

Experiment        Melt Ice

Time Due         March 2

Chapter        26 Properties of Light

Review Questions        1 through 9,13,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,and 26 Page 469

Exercises        1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 19 Page 470

Experiment        As assigned

Time Due        March 16

Chapter        27 Color

Review Questions        1 through 6, 10,12,13,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,25,26,28,and 29 Page 483-484

Exercises        1,2,3,4,5,6,and7 Page 484

Experiment        As assigned

Time Due        March 30

Chapter        28 Reflection & Refraction

Review Questions        1 through 23 Page 505

Exercises         2,5,and 7 Page 507

Experiment        As Assigned

Time Due        April 6

Chapter        29 Light Waves

Review Questions        1 through 15 Page 526

Exercises        2,3,9 Page 527

Experiment        As assigned


Time Due        April 20

Chapter        30 Light Emission

Review Questions        1 through 13 Page 543

Exercises        2,3,4 Page 544

Experiment        As assigned


Time        May 4

Chapter        31 Quanta & Lasers

Review Questions        As assigned

Exercises        As assigned

Experiment        As assigned

Discussion Topics See above
Attendance Policy I Reserve thr right to drop A student with three unexcused absences from class.

Determination of Final Grade Chapter test - 35%, Lab and HW Avg.- 50%, Final -15%

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 5:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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