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- Available Lessons: 250
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryThis Principles of Physical Science exam has been discontinued and is no longer offered by the DSST program. Review the topics you'll find on the DSST Principles of Physical Science exam, including equilibrium, magnetism and Newton's laws of motion, with our fun test prep course. Use the chapter tests to familiarize yourself with how the test is structured, and ask an instructor for more help if needed.
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This Principles of Physical Science exam has been discontinued and is no longer offered by the DSST program.
The short and comprehensive video lessons that make up this course are a fun way to learn all the concepts you would find in a standard one-semester physical science course, including Newton's Laws of Motion, waves and optics, principles of matter, phase changes, stoichiometry and equilibrium.
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Syllabus & Course Information
You'll have mastery of the objectives listed below when you've completed this course. These objectives correspond to the concepts tested on the DSST Principles of Physical Science exam. Use the final exam at the end of this course to further prepare for the course.
- Explore the relationships between force, motion and acceleration.
- Apply formulas for calculating speed and velocity and examine the laws describing circular motion and gravitational forces.
- Learn about the types of forces and states of motion
- Identify the differences between kinetic and potential energy before tackling the work-energy theorem and the laws of thermodynamics.
- Examine different energy types, including mechanical, thermal, chemical and nuclear energies.
- Look into the relationship between heat and temperature.
- Study phase changes and heating curves and learn how to calculate energy transfer, heat capacity and changes in enthalpy.
- Follow steps for predicting the spontaneity of a reaction.
- Discern regions in the electromagnetic spectrum and characteristics of visible light waves.
- Discuss the resonance, reflection, dispersion, refraction and absorption of waves and find out which wave parameters determine the pitch and volume of sound.
- 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.
- Investigate the practical applications of magnetic forces.
- Learn about the strength, shape and direction of magnetic fields and the variables affecting electromagnetic induction.
- Find out how to convert units of measurement, conduct dimensional analyses and use lab equipment during experimentation.
- Understand the concept of significant figures and report large numbers using scientific notation.
- 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.
- Discover steps for determining molar mass and calculating solution dilution, molality and molarity.
- Examine Raoult's law and colligative properties as well as methods for separating mixtures.
- 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 units for measuring the temperature, pressure and density of gas as well as the laws used to determine volume, velocity and kinetic energy.
- Find out how to use the Van der Waals equation to perform calculations involving these variables.
- Determine the effects of temperature on chemical reaction rates.
- Discover why collision theory explains differing reaction rates and learn to describe rate constants for forward and reverse reactions.
- Identify groups and periods in the periodic table.
- Recognize the variations among these groups' metallic character, electronegativity, ionization energy and ionic radii.
- Interpret phase diagrams for water and other substances.
- Discover the processes involved in freezing, melting, evaporation, condensation and sublimation.
- Study types of crystal structures as well as kinetic molecular theory.
- Learn about early atomic theory and how to use an element's atomic number to determine mass and Avogadro's number to calculate the quantity of atoms.
- Examine electron configurations, the law of conservation, the de Broglie hypothesis and the Bohr model.
- Explore steps for balancing chemical equations and calculating excess reactants, percent composition, reaction yield and percent yield.
- Find out how to determine mass-to-mass and mole-to-mole ratios.
- Study the concept of mass-energy conversion.
- Follow steps for balancing nuclear equations and calculating half-life.
- Examine types of radioactive decay and the practical applications of nuclear chemistry in medicine, energy production and carbon dating.
- 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 calculate precipitation, redox, single displacement, half-cell and combustion reactions.
- Study acid-base and solubility equilibriums.
- Practice calculating solution pH, equilibrium constants and quotients.
- Identify factors affecting system equilibrium.
Prerequisites aren't needed for this introductory course. You can start learning about physical science right away.
This course features 232 video lessons found in 20 chapters. Each lesson takes about 5-10 minutes to watch and comes with a quick quiz to test your knowledge of the materials. If you need to refer back to a concept in the videos, or you just want to follow along, use the transcript that is attached to each lesson. A tracking feature can help you see what lessons you've watched and how many quizzes you've passed. Of course, if you get stuck on a problem or are confused by something in the lessons, our course experts are available to answer any questions you have. Take the chapter quizzes and final exam to cement your knowledge of the materials and prepare for the exam.
DSST Principles of Physical Science Exam Information
The DSST Principles of Physical Science exam covers the same concepts you can typically find in a semester-long college physical science course. This course can be used to meet general education requirements and could be required for students majoring in a variety of science or math fields.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 100
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
DSST Principles of Physical Science Exam Breakdown
|DSST Exam Concept||Percent of the DSST Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapter|
|Physics||50%||50 questions||100 lessons|
|Chemistry||50%||50 questions||132 lessons|
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Study Schedule for the DSST Principles of Physical Science Exam
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|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
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|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Nearly 4 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Almost 8 weeks|
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