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Physical Science 101

Physical Science 101
General Description

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Physical Science at Black Hawk College is an introductory course in the physical sciences. The course is a traditional lecture-style class, with a two hour lab. Through the use of lectures, textbook, and lab exercises, students explore the physical sciences from an earth science perpective. The physical sciences examined include geology, geography, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. A wide range of topics will be discussed, including, but not necessarily limited to the following topics: rock and mineral formation and identification, plate tectonic, earthquakes, volcanoes, cartography, hurricanes, tornadoes, global warming, planetary geology, solar nuclear processes, and orbital mechanics.

The laboratory section of this course gives students a hands-on approach to learning about topics discussed in lecture. Students will also participate in a field trip which examines local stream systems, human influenced terrain and geomorphic processes.

Students may also be asked to complete selected projects for this course, such as term research papers, oral presentations, in-class debates, and research article summary papers.

For those students needing a lab science course, this course meets the Lab Elective requirements.


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