Syllabus: PHSC 1001   Physical Science I    Lec. 3 Lab. 0           Cr. 3



Spring 2006    Section: [4]            Time/Day: 11:00-12:15 TTh              Room: Sc 118




Instructor: Mr. John Taylor

Instructor’s Office:  Science  202 

Office Phone: (318) 427- 44357 

Cell Phone: (813) 361-4379 (weekends) 



email:  (alternate email if lsua is down: )


MAPS Division Office: 473-6591 Jodi Milliner, Staff Assistant

Course Description:

Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1021. A non-technical survey course covering a broad range of topics in the field of chemistry and physics.  It is not intended for students who wish to pursue further work in chemistry or physics, and may not be substituted for basic courses covering these areas of science.


Course Objectives:

Students will:

1.         Understand the basic concepts of the metric system and the dimensional analysis method of problem solving.

2.         Understand the general concepts of chemistry (matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical equations).

3.         Understand the electromagnetic spectrum and how it can be used to determine chemical and physical properties of distant stars.

4.         Understand basic laws of motion and gravitation.

5.         Understand the basic principles of sound.

6.         Become aware of the historical dimension of the topics addressed.

7.         Appreciate the role of technology in the application of and advancement of scientific knowledge.


Procedures to Evaluate these Objectives

1.         In-class problems after concept presentation

2.         Homework and out-of-class Projects after concept presentation

3.         In-class exams

4.         Cumulative final exam


Use of Results of Evaluation to Improve the Course

1.         Student responses to in-class problems will be used to immediately help clarify any misunderstandings and to later adjust the appropriate course material.

2.         All exams will be graded and examined to determine areas of teaching which could use improvement.

3.         All evaluation methods will be used to determine the efficacy of the material presentation.


Detailed Topical Outline

1.         Weights and Measures

a.         Origin of Early Units

b.         Weights and Measures in the United States

c.         The SI (Metric System)

d.         The Dimensional Analysis Method of Problem Solving

2.         Elements and Compounds

a.         Elements (Names and Distribution)

b.         Subatomic Parts and Structure of the Atom      

c.         Energy Levels of Electrons

d.         Atomic Numbers - Mass Numbers - Atomic Weights

e.         Electron Structure

3.         The Periodic Table of the Elements

a.         Early Attempts to Classify the Elements

b.         Arrangement of the Periodic Table

c.         Periods and Groups

d.         Representative and Transition Elements

4.         The Hydrogen Spectrum

a.         Electromagnetic Radiation

b.         Refraction and Reflection

c.         Emission and Absorption Lines

d.         Ground State, Excited State, and Ions

5.         Chemical Bonds

a.         Valence Electrons

b.         Energy Shells, Sub-Shells, and Orbitals

c.         Ionization and Ionic Bonds

d.         Binary Compounds, Predicting Formulas

e.         Covalent Bonds

f.          Polyatomic  Ions

6.         Chemical Equations

a.         Writing and Balancing Equations

b.         Types of Chemical Equations

7.         Types of Chemical Compounds

a.         Reactions of Acids

b.         Reactions of Bases

c.         Salts

d.         Introduction to pH

8.         Physical Laws

a.         Newton’s Laws of Motion

b.         Universal Gravitation

c.         Kepler’s Laws

9.         Nuclear Chemistry

a.         Properties of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Radiation

b.         Nuclear Fission

c.         Nuclear Fusion

10.       Sound


Textbook Required:

Physical Science; sixth edition;

ISBN# 0-07-250978-3;

Bill Tillery;



Physical Science; 6th edition; Table of Contents:;


1 What Is Science?


2 Motion

3 Energy

4 Heat and Temperature

5 Wave Motions and Sound

6 Electricity

7 Light


8 Atoms and Periodic Properties

9 Chemical Bonds

10 Chemical Reactions

11 Water and Solutions

12 Organic Chemistry

13 Nuclear Reactions


14 The Universe

15 The Solar System

16 Earth in Space

Earth Science

17 Rocks and Minerals

18 Plate Tectonics

19 Building Earth's Surface

20 Shaping Earth's Surface

21 Geologic Time

22 The Atmosphere of Earth

23 Weather and Climate

24 Earth's Waters


A Mathematical Review

B Solubilities Chart

C Relative Humidity Table

D Solutions for Group A Parallel Exercises



A scientific calculator, periodic chart



Students are expected to attend class and will be responsible for all material presented. The student must sign the attendance roster to earn credit for attendance.  Each class attended will be worth one point, except the first 2 points for 30 total points (3 %) of the final grade. The student will fill out a data card similar to your instructor one the last page of this syllabus worth one point of the two points for the first day’s attendance. Also counted in the attendance grade is the completion of several online activities before the second week of class worth one point each: Discovery Wheel; Interactive Time Chart; Myers Briggs Type personality profile; your life line, and possibly (not available) a learning styles assessment. These may be found at:

Homework: The sample pretest quizzes posted on the grading outline are not homework to be turned. They are for the student’s self practice and for the student to understand what the instructor expects from each section of the textbook and his lectures. The Pretest is an actual page of a previous exam. The grading outline may be found at:


The instructor has links to online homework which the student will complete and submit electronically on the homework outline form:


The instructor describes paper and pencil homework for some sections not available on the Internet on the sample pretests and/or on the homework grading outline. The student is to keep this homework in a notebook and/or a folder. This notebook/folder may be requested at anytime to be turned in on exam days. Homework is to be completed prior to an exam day. The student will grade her/his own homework and keep the homework scores on the homework grading outline in the homework folder. Sometimes the instructor will request only that exam’s grading form in order to post the homework scores on D2L for that Exam’s modules.


The homework outline may have more than 70 possible points, but only 70 points maximum may be earned for no more than 7% of the final grade. If e-Instruction is not utilized during the classes, the homework total will expand to 120 points or 12% of the final grade. 5% E-Instruction +7% Homework = 12% total


The first 4 points of electronic homework is to practice spelling the elements at:



There will four to six projects assigned during the term. Completion of the project, provided all criteria has been included will award the student full credit. The project grades will total 150 points or 15% of the student’s final grade.


Some of the projects may include:

1. Toxicology of Commercial Products            4. Electrical Demand

2. Drug Analysis                                               5. Gasoline Demand

3. Diet Analysis                                                6. Home Energy Analysis

 (Links to descriptions will be placed on the web site)

E-Instruction (option):

During a scheduled class, after going through the lecture on the assigned chapters via many modalities of teaching including Internet web sites, the instructor will utilize either the last 10 minutes or the first 10 minutes of class to go through the power point for the assigned chapter as a review. The power point presentation for each chapter which is posted on the Internet menu page at:


However, multiple choice questions will be inserted into these power points which will require all students to answer via the instructor’s e-Instruction system (keypads). Each correct response will be worth one point, while an incorrect response will count zero points. e-Instruction system will be worth no more than 50 points (out of 100 possible) for the term (5% total) and will be included in the Homework grading total of 120 points. Each point missed of the 50 (not the 100) will be made up by an additional 5 point homework.


Students must read and complete their assignments before coming to class each day. If e-Instruction system is not used, then the homework will be expanded back to 120 total points. Students are expected to get 50% correct on each day’s e-Instruction questions. During the term, the instructor may pretest a section of the multiple choice for the course using the e-Instruction system where the responses will count 1 point each of the 10 to 15 points assigned to multiple choice for that Module.



Daily Pretest Quizzes (optional):  

Pretest quizzes may be administered before, during, and/or after every class which is not a scheduled exam day. These pretest quizzes may not be made up outside of class time, unless directed by the instructor to complete the pretest in the test center during an assigned period of time. Scored pretest quizzes are NOT recorded in the instructor’s grade book or on D2L, but must be attached to the Modular Exam the day of the exam to receive the pretest grade. The student will skip the section of the modular exam that is pre-tested successfully and mark the score on the first page’s test outline.  The Pretest scores may be recorded on the attendance sheet, but only for your instructor’s sense of current levels of class achievement. The instructor only records Module Exam totals and the Final Exam in his grade book and on D2L. Multiple choice and vocabulary sections of modules are only tested on exam day and are never pre-tested or post-tested.  


Do Not Staple the two Modular Exams together as they are graded separately, listed on D2L separately, and returned separately after the exam day. Please staple carefully as directed. Mixing the modular papers on Exam day may result in a lower grade.  The pretests may NOT be used during the exam! Samples of each section (pretest) of each exam may be found on the grading outline on the web site.


Pre-testing is a privilege not a right!


Our Science Lecture Lall (Sc 118) has no scheduled class in the room after our class at 12:15 pm Tuesday or Thursday. Students who are late to class (after 11:00-like 11:01), will not be allowed to pretest once the pretest papers are initially distributed at the beginning of the class. Pretests take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of actual class time and late students will have to turn in their papers when the instructor calls time, which may result in a lower score. May times the pretest will not be administered till the last 5 minutes of class so that student may complete the item after class has concluded.


Major Exams:

 Four exams will be administered in class on the approximate exam days listed below. Each exam is a minimum of two modules. Exam#4 is composed of portions of many modules. These exams will constitute 50% of the student’s final grade or 500 points total. The grading outline for these exams may be found at:


Exams  (Approximate Date):

Placement: ACS California Exam (Week 1: T: Jan 17)

Exam 1 (Week 4: Th, Feb 9): 
Exam 2 (Week 8: Th, Mar 9):  

Exam 3 (Week 12: T, Apr 4):   
Exam 4 (Week 16: T, May 2):  


Posttest: ACS California Exam (Week 16: Th: May 4)

Final Exam (Week 17: Tuesday, May 9 10:15 a.m.-12:15 pm): All topics-Multiple Choice


ACS California Placement Exam:

During the first week of class the student will complete an ACS Chemistry placement test (44 questions-50 minutes) and then on the last scheduled day of class the same test will again be administered. A student scoring over 22 on the pretest the first week will earn one bonus for each correct answer above 22

(4 incorrect minus one correct-no penalty for leaving blank for I do not know). On the last day of the class, the Post testing will count 50 total points (5%) of the final exam grade based on the percentile rank divided by 2. Percentile ranks are included in the norms of the exam and the instructor will email the class with the percentile ranks prior to the last day of class. Students missing this pre and post test must schedule this exam in the test center within five days of the class missed. Missing the pretest will count as a minus 50 points on the final grade. Missing the post test will also count as a minus 50 point penalty in addition to 50 points it counts on the final.


Final Exam:

During the final exam week, the student will complete three portions of the final exam worth 200 total points or 20% of the final grade. Students with an A average grade going into the final MUST take the final. No student is excused from the final.


The first portion of the final is the ACS Chemistry placement test completed the last day of scheduled class as described above.


The second portion is an electronic cooperative pre-final to be completed with a student partner on a computer connected to the Internet anytime prior to the In-class portion of the final. The Pre-final is Closed book but open partner with the same score for both. (It may be taken alone with permission of the instructor). It is designed as a study tool for the comprehensive in-class final. This must be completed prior to the in-class test. If not completed prior to the exam, then the in-class portion will count an additional 50 points. This online test will be 150 questions for a total of 50 total points of the final exam grade  


Pre-final/Cooperative CHEM 1001 Final Menu: (no Prefinal now available)


The third portion of the final exam will be completed in class as scheduled by the final exam schedule. It will be an 100  question multiple choice comprehensive final exam during the 120 minute final exam period as designated by the published LSUA final exam schedule. This exam will count 100 total points (or 10%) of the final grade. If a student performs poorly on this portion of the final exam which lowers the final grade by at least one grade less than the modular exam average, the student may be post tested at the option of the instructor. This post test will be completed in the test center the final day of finals, May 12 and will be a completely new exam.


Old Chemistry Finals prior to Fall may be found at: 


Final Exam Challenge for an A Grade:

If the student scores 90  total points out of 100 points on portion three  and 40 out of 44 on the ACS Placement test portion one of the final (NOT the online portion), the student will receive an A final grade in the course.



 The instructor may post test sections of the modular exams that a majority of the students miss. Multiple choice and vocabulary sections will not be pre-tested or post-tested. This post testing will be done in the test center in a time frame established by the instructor via group email. The post test is a free attempt. Scoring lower on the post test than on the modular exam section will not penalize the student. The post test will be ignored and the exam section score will count. Improving on the post test will replace that section’s score on the modular exam. The student will resubmit his/her exam with the graded post test stapled on top for an adjustment in the modular exam score.



Make-up exams are usually not given. In the event of an unavoidable absence (jury duty, hospitalization, incarceration, and death in the immediate family), you will be allowed make-up. You must contact the instructor, no later than, the day of the exam in order to discuss what arrangements might be made. This may be done with a quick email.  A message must be left on the instructor's e-mail ( ) if the instructor cannot be reached. If a makeup is allowed, it must be completed prior to return of the exam papers completed by the student attending the scheduled exam. Missed exams will otherwise count as 0 points.


The instructor will discuss with the class those that are sick with colds, flu, and other common illnesses which will hinder their performance on an exam. On an individual basis he may allow make-up in the test center on exam days. Also sick children, car and transportation problems will be dealt with on an individual basis as well as those that just panic on test days or have back-to-back exams on the same day.  But the rule is generally no makeup on exam day except for the instructor’s discretion . Student abuse of absences on exam day may result in strict enforcement of the no-makeup policy with only the unavoidable exceptions above allowed.


Students who takes the test on the assigned test day are guaranteed to receive their graded exam on or before the next exam day after completion of the new exam, otherwise the student will be assigned a 100% grade for the un-graded paper. Student not taking the exam on exam day, may not receive their grade until days or weeks after the class papers are returned.

LSUA has a testing center. It is located in the Student Center-Room 204. The web site for the center is: . To use the testing center for makeup, the student must call for an appointment at (318) 427-4492 and speak with Robin Arnold. You may also email her at to also setup an appointment. Your instructor must first place the exam in the TC before you arrange an appointment. Watch your email for makeup directions as they will change from Module to Module.



Exams mainly determine a student's letter grade. There will be 1000 points possible in the course. The four hourly exams are worth between 80-150 points (125 point average) each for a total of 500 points.  The Placement test is worth 50 points, the pre-final 50 points and the comprehensive final exam is worth 100 points. The approximate grade distributions are:


900 - 1000 points = A                Final Exams      20%
800 -   899 points = B                Four Exams       50%
700 -   799 points = C                  Projects/Papers 15%

600 -   699 points = D                  Homework          12% (online, notebook, e_instruction)
                                                  Attendance           3%

The instructor reserves the right to make necessary modifications or adjustments to the syllabus and grading during the semester as necessary, except that the five % distributions will not be changed: 50% Tests, 20% Final Exam Activities, 15% Projects/Papers, 12% Homework and 3% attendance, but the total points may vary or other factors inserted to maintain the % distributions.


The instructor will not drop the lowest test grade. Don’t ask! Instead a student may prove comprehension of the material at a later time through post testing as arranged with the instructor. A student making an A up to the final MUST take the final to earn a final grade of A, etc.


Exams will be based on material covered in the lecture as well as reading assignments outlined on the course calendar and grading outline. The course calendar may be found at:  

Instructor’s Right to Change or Modify Grading Procedures:

This instructor reserves the right to make changes in this syllabus whenever he feels it is appropriate to do so. The instructor reserves the right to modify or change the grading progress as the course proceeds. Any additional course assignments will substitute for deleted items.  Some may also be modified if not deleted.  The instructor will not add major examinations as a modification and maintain the four exams plus final requirements and their percent distribution.



Stated on the course calendar, grading outline samples and/or worksheets/handouts.




 This course uses the or web site giving you access to course information. This course also uses Desire2Learn (D2L) for group Email, to list the Modular and Final Exams scores, and check-your-final grade through the Internet (Note: The course materials are not currently on D2L) Access the D2L web site at: Your username is your first, middle and last initial (all in caps) followed by the last 4 digits of your student ID number. Your password is your student identification number. The or does not require a password to sign in.


Email Requirement:

Each student should send the instructor an email during the first week from both your lsua email account and an outside email account for a backup contact. Be certain you put in subject box:

10TT: first email


Tell me about yourself. Why are you taking this course? Did you have high school chemistry? When? What grades did you make? What is your highest math course completed? Where do you live? What are your telephone numbers? What is your external email address which can serve as a backup to LSUA assigned email. Always begin the subject of each email with 10TT. Subject-less emails will be deleted.



OFFICIAL OFFICE HOURS:     (also Unofficial – anytime I am in my office)

Monday:       12:00-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday:      1:00-2:30; 3:30-4:00; (4:00-5:00Travel to Airpark); 5:00-6:00 @AP Wednesday: 12:00-1:00; 3:00-4:00;

Thursday:     1:00-2:30; 3:45-4:00; 7:50-8:05 p.m.

Friday:           10:00-11:00 a.m.; 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Students with Disabilities:

         Qualified students with documented disabilities are eligible for physical and academic accommodations under the American Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Students requesting accommodations should contact this professor during the first week of class with official documentation of disability


Withdrawal Policy:

         Students will be allowed to withdraw from this class any time during the semester through Tuesday, March 28, 2006 and will receive a grade of “W”.  After this date a letter grade will be assigned reflecting the student’s performance in the class.  Students failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks are subject to withdrawal by the instructor according to LSUA policy.





Academic Misconduct:

         Academic misconduct or dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism is not permitted.  Suspected cases will be reported to the LSUA administration and may result in failure of an assignment or exclusion from the class. Also, the instructor reserves the right to reassign work to students if the instructor senses the work submitted is not the work of the student. (No questions asked-The instructor may tell the student to reattempt the work to earn the daily quiz grade or examination grade or the instructor may assign a zero if second request is made).


Classroom Etiquette:

         Students are expected to conduct themselves as adults in the classroom showing respect to their classmates. Only persons registered for this class are permitted in the classroom.  As a courtesy to the instructor and your fellow classmates, cellular telephones and pagers should be cut off before entering the classroom or laboratory. Likewise, the instructor sometimes forgets to shut his down at the beginning of class, so hopefully someone sitting close to the front may remind the instructor with a hand gesture for him to check his phone. Disruptive students will be asked to leave.


Studying:  Chemistry is a cumulative subject. Concepts learned in the first chapter will be applied in the second, etc. The final exam is cumulative.


In order to do well in this course, it is essential to study and work problems from the textbook and study guide.


 The following is a list of study suggestions

1)     Read the text chapters before the material is covered in class.

2)     Take good notes and review them daily.

3)     Work all assigned homework problems at the end of the assigned chapters.  Do not get behind!!!!!!

4)     Work the practice exams that are available on the web site without looking at the answer key. Then check your answers.

5)     Use the interactive web site and the CD-Rom distributed after the first exam for studying.






Instructor Requested Information:

 During the first week of class, the student will fill out a 4x6 file card. The instructor has provided a sample below with his personal data and his block scheduled time.  The completion of this card is worth (2 points) toward the student's final grade


Data Card (4x6 file card):       Front Side (Personal Data)



Name:            John Taylor                                  PHSC 1001

Office:            Science 202                

Address:         1011 B South Daoust Drive

   Alexandria, LA 71303                 

Telephone:   427-4435 (office)

      Cell: 813 361-4379 (cell after 9pm Tues-Fri- all day Mon & weekends)    

E-MAIL :  or


 Employment:       LSU-Alexandria since 8/15/05

                                   Full time chemistry faculty


Major: Instructional Technologies        Minor: Chemical Education

Long Term Goal: Educational Software Developer


                              Prerequisite: College Algebra completed

                             Chemistry Background:  High School chemistry completed: yes

                              Physics Background: High School Physics completed: no


                                Software/Computer Literacy: WP: Word


                                Home Computer: yes    Internet ISP: yes or have access


                              Why are you taking this course? Required for education major



Put your class and work schedule on the back side of the data card

See next page!




Class Schedule:


Number               Section                 Room                    Time                                     Days

CHEM 1001      2                                             Sc 203                 11:00-11:50                          MWF

CHEM 1001      4                                             Sc 203                 2:30-3:45                           TTh

CHEM 1001      21                                           Air Park               6:00-8:50                           T

CHEM 2414     21                                           Sc 203                 4:00-7:50                           Th

PHSC 1001         4                                             Sc 118                    11:00-12:15                          TTh

PHSC 1003        1                                              Sc 208                 1:00-2:50                            W

PHSC 1003        2                                             Sc 208                 1:00-2:50                            W


Class/Office Matrix Schedule:


My Schedule matrix: Please make your own. I have 10 hours of office hours, you must find 10 hours in you weekly matrix for studying chemistry:







































































1003-1 & 2






1003-1 &2






1003-1 & 2






1003-1 & 2






1003-1 & 2