UMUC Schedule for Physical Science

Week Dates Assignments
Topics
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Course Modules
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Cosmic Landscape
Introduction to the Physical Sciences
    * The Sciences
    * The Scientific Method
    * Controls and Variables
    * Models
Physics
    * Mass, Weight, and Motion
    * Law of Universal Gravitation

Concepts of Physics Text -- PDF VERSION

Chapter 1: Introduction
  Sections: 1.0‐1.2
Chapter 2: Kinematics
  Sections: 2.0‐2.4
   Extended Topics: 2.5, 2.6
Chapter 3: Dynamics
   Sections: 3.0‐3.4
   Extended Topics: 3.5‐3.9

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Conference/Presentations/Homework
Introduction, Motion and Force

 - intro to physics
 - motion
 - position
 - velocity
 - acceleration
 - force
 - force examples
 - Newton's laws of motion
 - Newton's law of gravity
 - friction, drag
 - other forces
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Physics
    * Energy
    * Power 

Concepts of Physics Text -- PDF VERSION

Chapter 4: Work and Energy
  Sections: 4.0‐4.6
  Extended Topics: 4.7
Chapter 5: Fluids
  Sections: 5.0‐5.4

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Quiz 1
Work and Energy, Fluids

 - work
 - potential energy (PE)
 - kinetic energy (KE)
 - work-energy theorem
 - conservation of energy
 - density
 - pressure
 - flotation
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Course Module:

Physics
    * Heat and Heat Transfer 
    * Electricity and Magnetism

Concepts of Physics Text -- PDF VERSION

Chapter 6: Thermal Physics
  Sections: 6.0, 6.1, 6.3‐6.6
  Extended Topics: 6.2, 6.7‐6.9
Chapter 7: Electricity
  Sections: 7.0-7.4, 7.7‐7.8
  Extended Topics: 7.5, 7.6

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Stage 1 of Project
Thermal Physics, Electricity

 - temperature and heat
 - heat transfer (methods)
 - heat transfer (specific heat)
 - heat transfer (change of phase)
 - laws of thermodynamics
 - ideal gas law
 - electrostatic force (Coulomb's law)
 - electric field
 - electric potential (voltage)
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Physics
    * Electricity and Magnetism
    * Sound and Light Waves

Concepts of Physics Text -- PDF VERSION

Chapter 7: Electricity
  Sections: 7.9‐7.12
  Extended Topics: 7.13
Chapter 8: Magnetism
  Sections: 8.0‐8.5, 8.8‐8.10
  Extended Topics: 8.6, 8.7
Chapter 9: Waves
  Sections: 9.0‐9.13
  Extended Topics: 9.14, 9.15

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Quiz 2
Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Sound and Light

 - voltage
 - current
 - resistance
 - Ohm's law
 - magnetism
 - magnetic field
 - magnetic force (moving charge)
 - magnetic force (current in wire)
 - electromagnetic induction (transformers)
 - waves, wavelength, frequency, period
 - wave speed
 - sound and light
 - reflection
 - refraction
 - interference
 - Doppler effect
 - dispersion
 - image formation by lenses and mirrors
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Course Module:

Chemistry
    * Atoms
    * The Periodic Table
    * Chemical Bonding and Molecules

Concepts of Physics Text -- PDF VERSION

Chapter 10: Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  Sections: 10.0‐10.7, 10.9, 10.10
  Extended Topics: 10.8

Concepts of Chemistry Text

Chapter 1: Chemistry, Matter, and Measurement
  Sections: 1.0‐1.2
Chapter 2: Elements, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
  Sections: 2.0‐2.8
Chapter 3: Ionic Bonding and Simple Ionic Compounds
  Sections: 3.0‐3.6
Chapter 4: Covalent Bonding and Simple Molecular Compounds
  Sections: 4.0‐4.5, 4.7
  Extended Topics: 4.6

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Stage 2 of Project
Atoms, Nuclear Processes, Elements

 - electron
 - nucleus
 - proton
 - neutron
 - isotopes
 - Bohr atom
 - radioactivity (alpha, beta, gamma)
 - half-life
 - radiometric dating
 - fission
 - fusion
 - elements
 - periodic table
 - atomic and formula mass
 - chemical bonding
 - types of bonds
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Chemistry
    * Reactions and Chemical Equations
    * Chemical Energy and Chemical Equilibrium

Concepts of Chemistry Text

Chapter 5: Introduction to Chemical Reactions
  Sections: 5.0‐5.5, 5.7
  Extended Topics: 5.6
Chapter 6: Quantities in Chemical Reactions
  Sections: 6.0‐6.6
Chapter 7: Energy and Chemical Processes
  Sections: 7.0‐7.4, 7.8
  Extended Topics: 7.5‐7.7


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Quiz 3
Chemical Reactions, Redox Reactions

 - physical and chemical change
 - chemical reactions
 - balancing chemical equations
 - mole concept
 - stoichiometric calculations (mass of products, etc.)
 - thermo-chemistry
 - reaction rate
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Course Module:

Chemistry
    * Electrolytes, Acids, and Bases

Concepts of Chemistry Text

Chapter 8: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  Sections: 8.0‐8.5
Chapter 9: Solutions
  Sections: 9.0‐9.5
Chapter 10: Acids and Bases
  Sections: 10.0‐10.5, 10.8
  Extended Topics: 10.6‐10.7

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Stage 3 of Project
Solutions, Gas Laws, Acid-Base Reactions
 
 - gas laws 
 - solutions, molarity
 - acids
 - bases
 - pH scale
 - ion-product of water (Kw)
 - acid-base reactions
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Final Exam

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