Course SummaryScience 102: Principles of Physical Science has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. This self-paced course contains bite-sized lessons and quizzes that can be accessed at any time. The course can help you apply for transfer credit and jumpstart your degree.
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The course objective is to learn about matter, energy and the reactions occurring between them.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the relationships between force, motion and acceleration, the laws describing circular motion and gravitational forces, mass-energy conversion, different energy types and the law of thermodynamics and how it applies to physical science.
- Define reflection, dispersion and refraction in the electromagnetic spectrum, the characteristics of visible light waves and the fundamentals of electric power, circuits and currents
- Examine the practical applications of magnetic forces, the strength, shape and direction of magnetic fields and the variables affecting electromagnetic induction.
- Break down how to convert units of measurement, conduct dimensional analyses, the concept of significant figures, scientific notation and the differences between matter's physical and chemical properties.
- Examine molality and molarity, Raoult's law and colligative properties as well as the formation and properties of ionic compounds.
- Investigate diagrams and theories used to explain ion formation, bond polarity, intermolecular forces and molecular shape.
- Interpret groups and periods in the periodic table, early atomic theory, atomic numbers, mass and the laws that apply to atoms, the steps for balancing chemical equations and calculating excess reactants, percent composition, reaction yield, percent yield and radioactivity.
- Examine the pH scale along with the Bronsted-Lowry, Lewis and Arrhenius definitions of acids and bases, acid-base and solubility equilibriums.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Science 102 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division and upper division baccalaureate degree categories, respectively. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Science 102 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Science 102 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Force, Mass & Newton's Laws of Motion||Explore the relationships between force, motion and acceleration. Examine the laws describing circular motion and gravitational force. Learn about the types of force.|
|Thermodynamics & Energy||Identify the differences between kinetic and potential energy before tackling the laws of thermodynamics. Examine linear momentum and concepts such as work and power.|
|Principles of Thermodynamics||Study phase changes and heating curves. Learn how to calculate specific heat capacity, heat transfer and changes in enthalpy. Follow steps for predicting the spontaneity of a reaction.|
|Sound Waves & Optics||Discuss wave phenomena, including resonance, reflection, dispersion, refraction, absorption and interference. Find out which wave parameters determine the pitch and volume of sound. Examine the thin lens equation and ray tracing with mirrors.|
|Basics of Electric Power||Examine the fundamentals of electric circuits and currents. Explore Ohm's law and Coulomb's law and learn about variables affecting electrical resistance. Study the relationship between electric potential, charge and force.|
|Magnetic Forces & Fields||Investigate the practical applications of magnetic forces. Learn about the strength, shape and direction of magnetic fields and the variables affecting electromagnetic induction.|
|Experimental Chemistry in the Laboratory||Find out how to convert units of measurement, conduct dimensional analyses and use lab equipment during experimentation. Understand the concept of significant figures and learn to report large numbers using scientific notation.|
|Properties of Matter in Chemistry||Identify the differences between matter's physical and chemical properties. Recognize the energy changes that take place during chemical reactions and differentiate between endothermic and exothermic reactions.|
|Compounds & Concentration||Discover steps for determining molality and molarity. Examine Raoult's law and colligative properties. Learn how ionic compounds are formed.|
|Basics of Chemical Bonding||Explore properties of covalent, ionic, polar covalent and hydrogen bonds. Investigate diagrams and theories used to explain ion formation, bond polarity, intermolecular forces and molecular shape. Learn to identify functional groups of organic molecules and write ionic compound formulas.|
|Properties of Gases & Gas Laws||Learn units for measuring the temperature and density of gas. Examine the laws used to determine a gas's pressure, volume, velocity and kinetic energy. Discover applications of the ideal gas law and Van der Waals equation.|
|Kinetics in Chemistry||Determine the effects of temperature on chemical reaction rates. Discover why collision theory explains differing reaction rates. Learn to describe rate constants for forward and reverse reactions.|
|The Periodic Table||Identify groups and periods in the periodic table. Recognize variations among these groups' metallic character, electronegativity, ionization energy and ionic radii.|
|Atoms & Atomic Theory||Introduce yourself to early atomic theory. Learn how to use an element's atomic number to determine mass and Avogadro's number to calculate the quantity of atoms. Examine electron configurations, atomic structures and the Bohr model.|
|Understanding Stoichiometry||Explore steps for balancing chemical equations. Learn to calculate excess reactants, percent composition, reaction yield and percentage yield. Find out how to determine mass-to-mass and mole-to-mole ratios.|
|Radioactivity||Study the concept of mass-energy conversion. Follow steps for balancing nuclear equations, predicting products of reactions and calculating half-life. Examine types of radioactive decay and the practical applications of nuclear chemistry in medicine, energy production and carbon dating.|
|Acid-Base Chemical Reactions||Learn the pH scale along with the Bronsted-Lowry, Lewis and Arrhenius definitions of acids and bases. Examine neutralization, acid-base reactions and the autoionization of water. Find out how to work with precipitation, redox, single displacement, half-cell and combustion reactions.|
|Chemical Equilibrium||Study acid-base and solubility equilibriums. Practice calculating solution pH, equilibrium constants and reaction quotients. Examine acid-base titrations, buffer solutions and LeChatelier's principle.|
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What to Expect For the Exam
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Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
|A College Accelerator Study.com membership.|
|Completed the entire Science 102: Principles of Physical Science course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
Please complete all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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