Physical Science Course Descriptions

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PSC 1201 - Concepts of Physics ( VI ) - 4 cr.
A discovery course in which student groups design experiments, collect and analyze data which will help them to understand the processes of science and the basic concepts and laws of Newtonian mechanics, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism and energy, and waves. Conceptual understanding is stressed; some simple algebra is used. Mainly for elementary and middle school teacher education students.


PSC 1202 - Cosmic Systems - 4 cr.
A study of the universe as a set of interacting, evolving systems: galaxies, stars, the solar system and the Earth with its rocks, oceans and atmosphere. Study includes investigations of the matter-energy cycles in these systems and the effects of natural and human interventions upon them. In-class investigations and discovery activities and field trips are part of this course. Mainly for elementary and middle school teacher education students.


PSC 1210 - Introduction to Physical Scien - 2 cr.
This course provides the basic content and concepts required for elementary and middle school teachers as outlined in the Minnesota Teacher Licensure standards. It will cover the major principles of Physical Science, including motion, waves, light, electricity, magnetism, properties of matter, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. Tutorials and interactive activities, and discussion of concepts demonstrating basic principles of physical science will be presented to the student for analysis, thus allowing students to construct their own meaning of higher level concepts as presented in the text.


PSC 1501 - Short Course in Physics ( VI ) - 4 cr.
Selected topics from introductory physics for students who wish or need an understanding of physical concepts for their professional or personal enrichment. Some hands-on activities. Topics include force and motion, energy, waves, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Problem solving at the level of elementary algebra.


PSC 2001 - Physics I - 4 cr.
Algebra-based general physics including Newtonian mechanics (motion, force, energy, momentum) harmonic motion, waves and sound. Students must have ease and familiarity with basic algebraic and trigonometric techniques. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MTH 1111 or higher.

Prerequisite Course: MTH 1111


PSC 2002 - Physics II - 4 cr.
A continuation of PSC 2001. Focus is on electricity and magnetism, light waves, geometric optics, and modern physics including relativity, quantum theory and atomic physics. Includes one 2-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PSC 2001.

Prerequisite Course: PSC 2001


PSC 2011 - General Physics I - 4 cr.
This course and its continuation PSC 2012 serve as a two-semester introduction to classical and modern physics using calculus. Topics include principles of classical mechanics: descriptions of motion, force, torque, and rotational motion, energy, momentum, and their conservation: fluid mechanics, simple harmonic motion, wave motion, and sound.

Prerequisite Courses: MTH 2211, MTH 2221


PSC 2012 - General Physics II - 5 cr.
This is the second course in a two-course general physics sequence. This course introduces the principles of electricity and magnetism, light, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. The physical principles and applications involved in these studies tend to be more abstract than the laws of mechanics that were studied in the first course in the sequence. In this course, many of the principles studied involve forces whose effects cannot be seen directly. Some of the forces studied only affect minute, invisible particles. Students will study models of unseen events and particles using graphs, sketches, analogies, mathematics, and descriptions. They will study the affects of the laws of physics using abstract models. This course meets each week for three 65 minute class periods plus a two-hour lab. Prerequisires: PSC 2011; either completion of MTH 2211 or 2222 or concurrent enrollment in 2222.

Prerequisite Courses: MTH 2221, MTH 2222, PSC 2011


PSC 2070 - Physics Tutorial I - 1 cr.
A companion course to PSC 2001. Students will learn methods for and practice solving physics problems of the types covered in PSC 2001. Intended for those who feel the need for additional work in this area of Physics. Competency in high school algebra and trigonometry is expected. Corequisite: Enrollment in PSC 2001. P/N grading. One 100-minute meeting per week.


PSC 2777 - Topics in Physical Science - 0-4 cr.
Occasional or special-purpose courses in physics, electronics, history or cultural aspects of science, on a level appropriate to the freshman or sophomore student.


PSC 4150 - Science and Culture ( WI ) - 4 cr.
An integration of concepts from the history, philosophy and sociology of the sciences. This course examines the interrelationship between science and its cultural matrix, the impact of science and technology upon society, and the complementary impact of societal factors on the development of science and the scientific community. Students are expected to do extensive reading of primary sources, reflective writing, and research papers.


PSC 4777 - Advanced Tpcs Physical Science - 1-4 cr.
See PSC 2777. Level appropriate to junior or senior students with some physical science background.


PSC 4999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Students desiring to improve knowledge or expertise in one of above categories may select projects for study in depth under guidance of a department member. Prerequisite: approval of a supervising faculty member.