Physical Science

Course Details

Course Number: GNSC 1204  Section Number: 201

Spring 2015

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 127

Days & Times:
  • Lecture: MWF 12:00-12:50
  • Lab (21A) M 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Lab (21B) M 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Course Attachments

Syllabus and schedule  PhySci-scheduleS14-20140110-145110.pdf

Schedule of topics  PhySci-scheduleS15-20150121-083453.pdf

Schedule of topics  PhySci-scheduleS15-20150121-083453.pdf


Science Matters
Exploring science literacy
  ISBN: 9780307454584

Physcial Science Lab BookConceptual Integrated Science Edition: 2nd
An introduction to the sceinces
  ISBN: 9780321

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jonathan D. Price   
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Course Objectives
  • Students will learn about the nature of scientific inquiry
  • Students will become acquainted with the measurement of motion: velocity and acceleration.
  • Students will use motion to understand the nature of forces and energy
  • Students will become acquainted with the tools of evaluating energy transfer in a number of manifestations - including light and sound.
  • Students will examine the structure of the atom, and how that structure controls ionization and bonding, resulting in periodicity.
  • Students will characterize the general nature of chemical reactions, stoichiometric assessment. and energetics
  • Students will learn about the nature of water, solutions, and the nature of acids and bases

Course Expectations

Completion of the course requires that students successfully accumulate a passing score through the following evaluations.

• Two in-class examination: 12% of total grade each
• One (1) comprehensive final examination: 14% of total grade
• Science Journal Assignments: 10% of total grade
• In class participation: 7% of total grade
• Laboratory assignments/quizzes: 30% of total grade
• Laboratory midterm: 7% of total grade
• Laboratory final: 8% of total grade

Grading Standards

This class uses the following numerical equivalents for grades: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.

Final Exam5/13/2015  3:30 PM

Submission Format Policy

Submission instructions will generally be given for each assessment.  Lab materials may be submitted in person to your individual lab instructor.   Journals are to be submitted using D2L, and in class electronic assessments will be collected using Tophat.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Execution of this class will require a focused and directed effort on the part of your instructors to complete grading and input grades on a timely manner.  As such, late work penalizes the rest of the class.  Late work will only be accepted if the professor (and TA in the case of lab work) are notified and agree to accept it before it is due.   Generally, if the request is approved, you have one additional week to submit the work for partial credit.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance for lecture is required.  Please show up early and leave only when excused.  For the first few weeks, attendance will be evaluated by a randomly-distributed sign-in sheet.  It is your responsibility to sign-in each day the sheet is available.  Subsequently, the class will use an in-class quiz system which will serve to monitor attendance.

Lab attendance is also required for completion of this class. If you fail to attend and complete more than 2 laboratory sessions, you will be either be dropped from the class or you will receive a failing grade.

Absences will only be excused through Dr. Price.  Legitimate excuses submitted prior to the lecture or laboratory assignments will be honored; those submitted after an absence are less likely to be accommodated.

Illness is a legitimate excused absence.  If you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms you deem contagious:

  1. email Dr. Price at jonathan.price(at) (replace (at) with @) - subject line "ill" is sufficient) or through 2DL
  2. go to the health center or personal physician  for evaluation

Other Policies

Please note that class schedules and other information will be posted using MSU's D2L system.  Students will be required to use this system to participate in the class.  It is suggested that students fully impliment the contact settings to receive updates by email, and to check that email prior to each lecture or lab session.

During the semester, there will be a few, limited opportunities for extra credit. In all cases, these opportunities will be offered to the entire class under very specific conditions and limitations. The professor views these as opportunities for enhancement – truly extra to the course. Your best means of securing the grade you desire is to garner as many points possible on in-class participation, assignments, exams, and the labs (the lab portion is a huge part of the grade!).

Semester-long extra credit opportunity: the MSU Counseling Center is conducting a series of four academic workshops each month during the spring, 2015 semester.  You can receive 4 percentage points added to your final exam grade for attending one (and one only) and procuring an extra-credit slip. You are welcome (and encouraged) to attend other sessions, but only one counts for this opportunity. The schedule is posted on D2L for your convenience.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.