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In around three weeks, you can earn a Principles of Physical Science Certificate with our entertaining video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes. Learn at your own pace and explore the forces at work behind everything from electric power and magnetism to chemical reactions and phase changes.
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This course is for anyone who would benefit from an overview of basic chemistry and physics concepts, such as lab and pharmacy assistants or individuals involved in the sale and manufacture of scientific products.
There are no prerequisites for this introductory physical science course.
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- Demonstrates your mastery of physical science principles
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- Shows your preparedness for additional science education
This course begins by introducing you to basic physics principles before applying them to the study of magnetism, optics and electricity. Our instructors also go on to discuss atomic theory, stoichiometry, basic lab procedures and more over the course of the following 20 chapters:
Newton's Laws of Motion
Use Newton's laws to discover the relationships between force, acceleration, weight, mass and gravity. Practice solving problems involving projectile motion. Learn to interpret a free body diagram.
Energy and Momentum
Discover the difference between kinetic and potential energy. Study the first and second laws of thermodynamics and the work-energy theorem. Identify examples of electrical, radiant and chemical energy, among other energy types.
Thermodynamics in Physical Science
Examine phase changes and the transfer of energy in both physical and chemical processes. Learn how to calculate changes in enthalpy, measure heat capacity and predict the spontaneity of a chemical reaction.
Waves and Optics
Identify the seven regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Explore the properties and behaviors of visible light waves and sound waves.
Electric Power & Electricity
Get an overview of electric circuit fundamentals and current types. Use Ohm's law to describe the relationship between voltage, current and resistance. Study voltage sources and learn which factors affect the force between two charged particles.
Find out how magnetic fields are affected by moving charges. Examine the principles involved in electromagnetic induction.
Experimental Laboratory Chemistry
Discover the uses of common chemistry lab equipment. Practice converting metric units and using scientific notation.
Properties of Matter in Chemistry
Review the physical and chemical properties of matter as well as its various states. Identify the types of energy exchange taking place in common chemical reactions.
Elements, Compounds, Mixtures & Solutions
Learn how to determine a solution's molarity and molality concentration. Explore the different types of compounds and the processes used to separate mixtures.
Bonding in Chemistry
Survey the characteristics of covalent, ionic, polar covalent and hydrogen bonds. Learn what determines bond order, molecular shape and the strength of intermolecular forces.
Gases & Gas Laws
Practice calculating the pressure, temperature and volume of a gas using the ideal gas law and the Van de Waals equation. Examine methods for determining a gas's density and relative velocity.
Kinetics in Chemistry
Study rate laws and collision theory to discover factors affecting forward and reverse chemical reaction rates.
The Periodic Table
Examine the relationships between groups and periods in the periodic table. Compare their boiling points, ionization energy and electronegativity, among other characteristics.
Phase Changes for Liquids and Solids in Chemistry
Use kinetic molecular theory to explain the properties of liquids and solids. Learn to interpret phase change diagrams for water as well as other substances.
Atomic Theory and Atomic Structure
Study early atomic theory and learn how to determine an element's atomic mass. Survey the rules and principles describing atomic structure, memorize the four quantum numbers and discover the differences between ionic and covalent bonds.
Learn to calculate excess reactants, percent composition, reaction yield and percentage yield. Practice balancing chemical equations.
Survey the applications of nuclear chemistry. Find out how to interpret decay graphs and determine the half-life of a radioactive isotope. Study mass-energy conversion and nuclear binding energy.
Acids, Bases and Reactions in Chemistry
Compare the Lewis, Bronsted-Lowry and Arrhenius definitions of acids and bases. Familiarize yourself with redox, precipitation, single displacement and combustion reactions, among others.
Study titration curves and the processes involved in making equilibrium calculations. Learn to calculate the pH of a buffered solution.
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