Principles of Physical Science: Certificate Program

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19 chapters in Principles of Physical Science: Certificate Program

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Lesson 1 - Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - Transparent and Opaque Materials in Electromagnetic Waves  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Resonance: Definition & Transmission of Waves  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Pitch and Volume in Sound Waves  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Wave Parameters: Wavelength, Amplitude, Period, Frequency & Speed  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Transverse & Longitudinal Waves: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Vibrations and Waves: Energy and Motion  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Diffraction: Relation to Sound & Light and Effects of Wavelength  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Constructive and Destructive Interference  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - Chemical Bonds I: Covalent  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - Chemical Bonds II: Ionic  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - Chemical Bonds III: Polar Covalent  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Chemical Bonds IV: Hydrogen  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - The Octet Rule and Lewis Structures of Atoms  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - Ions: Predicting Formation, Charge, and Formulas of Ions  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - Lewis Structures: Single, Double & Triple Bonds  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Lewis Dot Structures: Polyatomic Ions  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Lewis Dot Structures: Resonance  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Covalent Bonds: Predicting Bond Polarity and Ionic Character  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - VSEPR Theory & Molecule Shapes  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Dipoles & Dipole Moments: Molecule Polarity  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Hydrogen Bonding, Dipole-Dipole & Ion-Dipole Forces: Strong Intermolecular Forces  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - London Dispersion Forces (Van Der Waals Forces): Weak Intermolecular Forces  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Using Orbital Hybridization and Valence Bond Theory to Predict Molecular Shape  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Molecular Orbital Theory: Tutorial and Diagrams  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Metallic Bonding: The Electron-Sea Model & Why Metals Are Good Electrical Conductors  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Intramolecular Bonding and Identification of Organic and Inorganic Macromolecules  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - Organic Molecules: Alkanes, Alkenes, Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Isomers  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Functional Groups in Organic Molecules  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - Writing Ionic Compound Formulas: Binary & Polyatomic Compounds  Take Quiz

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