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Physical Science 102

Instructor: Dr. Don C. Elbers

Office: Pursley Hall Room 214 (Office hours will be posted)

Office Phone: 985-549-3940 EMAIL:

This information sheet is subject to change.  You will be notified in class if updates are available.  You will not be given a new "hard copy".  It is your responsibility to review the changes "on line" and print a copy for your own use.

Please check the my "NEWS PAGE" (News.html ) before each class meeting in order to obtain reminders and possible assignments. 

The regulations of the university will be followed. In case of absence, a written excuse must be presented to me. The number of absences may be considered in determining borderline grades.  Students having more than four (4)  [for a summer term course two (2)] unexcused absences will not be eligible for extra credit, bonuses, and grade adjustment (curving).

When any student receives excessive unexcused absences (e.g., ten percent of the total classes) prior to the established withdrawal date, the student may be withdrawn with a grade of "W."

Three  100-point exams will be given during the semester (including the final exam).  The final exam may include some comprehensive information. You will be notified approximately one week (or two class meetings) prior to the exam date. A review session will be conducted at the last class meeting prior to the exam. If you miss an exam and an absence is not excused, you will receive a grade of zero on that exam. If your absence is excused, you will be allowed to take a make-up exam. This make-up exam will be a 100 point comprehensive exam given during the last week of classes NOTE: The decision to excuse an absence is left to the instructor (the exception being administrative approval). Quizzes may be given at the beginning of class during roll call.  These are typically worth 5 points.  If you miss a quiz you will receive a grade of zero for that quiz (no make-up quizzes).

You may not leave the testing room before the completion of your test unless you obtain permission. Permission will only be granted in case of certain emergency situations. Students who leave without permission will be required to turn in their tests regardless of the state of completion.

It is the responsibility of the student to insure that all required work is done. Therefore, you must let me know if you need to schedule a make-up exam. You must provide written notification before the last week of classes.

If you are a graduating senior, it is your responsibility to notify me as your grade must be turned in early.  Graduating seniors may need to take the final exam early.  If this is necessary the exam will be given at one of the approved times.

If you miss the final exam, and you do not notify me before the last day that grades are due, you will receive a grade of zero for that exam.

If you miss a scheduled make-up exam, you will receive a grade of zero on that exam.

Your final grade will be determined by averaging your test scores with the grade you made on assigned problem sets and quizzes (should there be any). The grading scale is as follows:
90 - 100% A

80 - 89% B

70 -79% C

60 -69% D

0 - 59% F

                Borderline grades will be closely examined and may slightly alter the above scale.

An optional extra credit assignment may be given near the end of the semester. Students having more than the maximum number of absences, that have not been excused, will not be eligible to receive extra credit.

Final course grades will be posted on line only to be viewed via LEONet.

Graded work (reports, tests, quizzes) will be returned to the student as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the student to retain all graded work in their possession until course grades are finalized at the end of the semester. In the event of a grade dispute, the student may be required to surrender all graded work for grade verification.

 Primary Textbook: Chemistry for Changing Times, Hill, 12th Ed.
Supplemental Textbook: Conceptual Physics, Hewitt, 10th Ed.

Note: You are not required to bring your text books to class. No additional workbooks are required.
The purpose of this course is to impart an idea of what chemistry, physics and the scientific method are about. Also, this course will demonstrate how an application of this knowledge can be useful and important by providing one with a better understanding of the natural world, the technological questions confronting us, and the choices we must face as citizens of an ever more technical society.

PHSC 102 (3 credit hours)

The following material will be covered with some additions and many deletions. The student is responsible for all  material covered in class and possible additional material assigned from the textbook. There will be one out of class assignment as described in the link below.

Hill: chapters 1-3, 11 [TEST 1], Hewitt chapters 23, 24, 25, Hill: sections 6.1-6.4, 15.1-15.3 [TEST 2], Hill: section 15.4-15.8, chapter 9 (lightly), sections 15.9, 13.9 (with emphasis on mechanical refrigeration), 4.5, 7.1, 7.2, chapter 4 (lightly), If time permits - sections 6.5 -6.7 (with emphasis on automated musical instruments), [FINAL EXAM]

It is a student's responsibility to withdraw from a class. A student does not withdraw from a class by failing to attend. If a student ceases to attend a class and does not complete the paperwork of withdrawal, he will receive a grade of "F" on his or her grade report.
The regulations of the university will be followed  in order to provide an environment that is conducive to learning.

It is University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

Free discussion, inquiry, and expression is encouraged in this class.  Classroom behavior that interferes with  either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable.  Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line."  In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required.  Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at


In the event that classes are missed as a result of an emergency (declared such by the University), the missed material will be covered by assignment of out of class activities.  These activities will include but will not be limited to reading assignments in the text book and on line assignments if applicable.  It is understood that depending on the type of disaster, certain students will not have internet access.  This will be taken into account as assignments may be given after return to normal operations.


If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union.  No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.   IX  E-MAIL POLICY
The  University policy concerning e-mail  will be followed.  Please check your Webmail daily.  Only Southeastern's e-mail addresses will be used for official correspondence.  Messages from other than your officially assigned e-mail address may not receive a response. Please include your name course and section number in your email message.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgments of sources in essays and the use of a single essay of paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current General Catalog.


Link to sample test #1
Link to sample test #2
Link to sample final exam
Pending - Out of class assignment
Optional extra credit assignment
Electromagnetic Spectrum
Conservation of Energy
Girl on bike
Bird on Power Line
Fish in a Bucket
Fish with bubble
Read your lab manual
PHSC 102 Course Syllabus

Smithsonian PowerPoint
Nuclear Reactors PowerPoint
Automated Musical Instruments PowerPoint
Class Notes: Electricity
Class Notes: Vaporization, boiling, vapor pressure, heating curves
Class Notes: Mechanical Refrigeration
Phase Diagrams
Mechanical Refrigeration Diagram
Class Notes: Engines

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