Dr. Michael H. Suckley - Phone: 586.268.2018 -


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I would like to welcome you to the most exciting world you could ever visit. This world is so large that galaxies fit easily inside and, yet so small, the behavior of the tiniest particles of matter become visible. This is the emerging world of today's physics. It has changed all of our lives no matter what our age, and we have only seen the beginning. During this course you will have to opportunity to explore eleven topics in physical science and create reports describing your discoveries.




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Where to Send  A Personal Notes to the Instructor


Where to Submit Assignments

Student Responsibilities


Course Description

The Main Rule Of This Course


Required Materials

When You Experience Problems


Pre-Requisites For The Course

Attendance Guidelines


Course Goals

Topic Reports


A Quick Look At The Course

Instructor Feedback


Overview Of The Seminars

What Day Is It?


Suggested Study Plan

Class Participation


Determining Grades






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COURSE DESCRIPTION (as it appears in the college catalog) 

Physical Science 105: An investigation of the Physical Sciences, to identify the underlying concepts of modern technological society. These concepts are investigated through laboratory experiences and classroom work designed to improve an understanding of the Physical Sciences.




• Text:  "Physics is FUNdamental".

• Materials: 4-AA cell batteries, 1-D cell battery, Eye Protection,   
    English-Metric Ruler.

Microsoft Word,   Microsoft Excel. 97 or latter versions

      Laboratory Materials Kit - Obtained Science Department.
  Call ahead of time to be sure someone is there to sign out
  kit.  We would not want you make a trip and not attain your
  goal of obtaining a kit.
                                                South Campus Ph. 586-445-7110

The Laboratory Materials Kit should contain a materials check list.  This should be used by the student to inventory the equipment in the kit.  PLEASE do this at the beginning of the semester, so that it is known that the right materials are there.  Then inventory at the end of the semester to alert us to any problems that might exist with the equipment.  If the kit does not have a materials check list, click on this to obtain one.




You must have a computer capable of handling this course. Your computer should have a microphone since we will be recording and investigating sound


You must either have confident and competent computer ability to use the related Software.


You must have the ability to meet a vigorous schedule (logging in 5 days a week for 12 weeks) and the motivation to do intensive work to complete this course. Remember you have signed up for a class that, when taught on ground, meets four hours a week for sixteen weeks for sixty four hours of class time. Research indicates that students should spend two hours of study and preparation for each in class hour. WOW, that's 64 hours + (2 * 64) which equals 192 hours. Now divide 192 by the number of weeks your course is scheduled and that indicates your time commitment. Please plan your time wisely.


You must be able to inventory, use, and return laboratory equipment used in this course. These materials have been lent to you for use in this course. When you complete the course, or at any time you decide to terminate your work in this course, it is your moral duty as well as legal responsibility to return all the materials before the end of the seventh week of the course. Without these materials, future students will be denied the opportunity to take this course.




This course explores the conceptual aspects of the physical sciences indicated in the plan of work. This course will help you understand how the scientist uses the experimental method in comparing theory with reality, and how the laboratory gives insights into the concepts of nature.  To get the greatest benefit from the course, regard each concept as a set of problems to which you are forcing nature to give an answer. The specific course goals are listed below.


To experience the successes, failures, certainties, uncertainties, drudgery and the rewarding achievements of scientific investigation.


To  record data, interpret it, and draw logical inferences based on this empirical data.


To gain insight into the relation between experimentation and physical concepts.


To build theoretical models and use them for predictive purposes.


To generalize physical science concepts in order to understand and apply them to daily life.


To develop scientific concepts through hands-on learning experiences.




     You should view this course as developing twelve reports that are based upon topic seminars, experiments and supporting research.   

     Please view myself and your fellow classmates as individuals who can help you progress through this course. Do not hesitate to drop a note to the Discussion Board for help or to help another student. Remember you are expected to be online five out of seven days for the purpose of:  
 posting questions concerning the course
providing help to other students
indicating your progress
discussing concepts
and in general developing a robust learning community




Each online topic is designed around a specific topic in Physical Science. Each topic will consist of:

Specific learning objectives.

Readings developed to promote an understanding of the topic and to aid in the completion of the objectives.

A laboratory activity.

A topic report.

A topic quiz with answers (provided in your textbook).

A second topic quiz available on line at to be discussed with your fellow classmates to determine the correct answers.

A final examination. (End of Course multiple choice - all topics)


Students who have done well, in this class, are those that make sure to do each assignment and submit it on or before the assigned date.   



Day 7    (Saturday) Read the Topic and Seminar as indicated on the     

               Syllabus.    Write purpose section of the report.

Day 1    (Sunday)  Complete laboratory  - discussion as needed

Day 2    (Monday) Write outcome section  - discussion as needed

Day 3    (Tuesday) submit on line quiz questions for discussion

Day 4    (Wednesday)  Do application - discussion as needed.

Day 5    (Thursday) Do relevancy - discussion as needed.

Day 6    (Friday) discussion - Submit Topic Report before midnight.   




In a Discussion Board, all electronic actions are documented and persons outside the classroom may observe the class.





Remember you have signed up for a class that will require approximately 16 hours a week  Do not expect to spend less time. PLAN YOUR TIME CAREFULLY and DON'T PROCRASTINATE!

Clearly label all of your assignments.  When you submit any assignment to be graded, attach the assignment to an email. In the Subject line, of the email, indicate your name, Section#, Student#, and Topic#. For example if your name was John Doe with a student number of  99 and in section 01 and doing topic 05 then you would place in the subject line of the email:  John Doe 019905. In addition please place this same information in the body of the email note.

Please assume that your student number is your kit number and your section number is 01 unless indicated otherwise by your instructor.

Be conscious of grammar and spelling in all of your messages.  It is very tempting in the Discussion Board, to become lax in this regard.  If you are familiar with communicating via the Internet, you know that often abbreviations and slang are used in the electronic environment.  However, this is a college course, not a "chat room", and attention to grammatical detail will be expected.

All work must be arrive at your instructors email box on or before the posted time.  No assignments will be accepted late unless an EXTREME circumstance can be documented.

You are now part of an online learning environment. It is your responsibility to participate--to ensure that you benefit from the experience. It is also expected that you will provide constructive criticism of the Discussion Board, environment, including procedures, laboratory activities, etc., in order to aid the facilitator in the modification of the course as it is deemed necessary.

Plagiarism of any material is a serious offense and will result in failure of the course.  Out-side sources may be used if properly indicated as such. Also, cheating will not be tolerated and will result in your failure of the course.

Unacceptable behavior that interferes with the attainment of the course goals will result in being dropped from the course until the problem has been resolved or you are assigned the letter grade of "E".




If you're having a problem, or something isn't clear, it's safe to assume others are facing similar challenges, and together we can solve it. Learning with asynchronous technology can be an incredibly freeing experience, but it can also be extremely frustrating when it doesn't work as it should or you can't get an immediate answer. Keep phone numbers of technical support and team members handy, but identify tasks you CAN continue on and keep moving forward. Experiencing technical problems or unclear assignments is often, unintentionally, part of the learning experience. It is wise to treat these as “opportunities” for thinking through ways YOU will minimize and solve these problems should they occur again (which, of course, they will).




There are several types of problems that you could encounter in this course.

Computer/Hardware Problems

For any hardware related problems you should contact the vendor or service department of the “store” where you obtained your equipment. Remember to do this quickly in order to keep up with the class.

Internet Service Provider is Down. What can I do?

First, contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance. If that fails, or if you cannot make contact with your provider, Macomb's libraries have a limited number of computers linked to the Internet. You can use one of these computers, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Course/ Learning Related

Please feel free to send a message to your instructor at any time. Your instructor will get back to you as soon as possible. You might also consider posting a question to the Discussion Board, as one of your fellow students may be able to help. If YOU see a question in the Discussion Board, relating to some procedure or concept that you have mastered, PLEASE  respond and help that student.




The student is expected to attend the Discussion Board, by “going online” at least 5 out of 7 days of each week.  This is the “minimum accepted standard” for an online course. It will be measured by recording the date of each entry you make to the system - whether it is a response to one of the assignments, a comment on the work of another student, or a question to the group or to your facilitator.  An absence does not excuse you from participation, assigned work, and/or testing.  STUDENTS MAY BE DROPPED FOR POOR ATTENDANCE.




Develop your report, using the format provided, in MS Word and save as a .doc document.  The finished report is to be submitted to as an attachment to an email.  Upon submission, you will receive an auto-response note indicating your report has been received.

When your topic report has been evaluated a grade report will be returned, by the end of the weekend, indicating your grade and strengths and weaknesses of the report.  Also posted, at ScienceScene, by the end of each  weekend, is a class cumulative grade report.

An example topic report may be accessed through "Useful Notes", called; Example Report. This should be be used as a model to development your topic reports.

If you are concerned as to how the topic reports will be evaluated please review the "Grade Report" that will be used to evaluate all topic reports. An example grade report may be accessed through "Useful Notes"





The facilitator will be online each day to answer questions directed to him/her and to monitor class discussions posted on the Discussion Board. 


Each Saturday your assignments will be evaluated. A detailed "Grade Report" will be returned to you before Sunday evening and your topic score posted at ScienceScene. The cumulative scores posted at ScienceScene should reflect your completed work. Please contact your instructor concerning any missing score.  Something may have happened and you may need to re-transmit the assignment.


If, in my view, you are having a specific problem, you will receive a private message from me.  This usually is done to reflect attendance, missing assignments, lack of dialogue with others - that sort of thing.


You have been provided ( a detailed explanation of what is expected each week. There will be no surprises during the course. 


If you have any questions or problems please feel free to contact me. Every attempt will be made to respond to you as quickly as possible.  Please understand that sometimes there may be delays in this undertaking. 




Seminar days are as follows:

Day One (1) is  Sunday

Day Two (2) is  Monday

Day Three (3) is  Tuesday

Day Four (4) is  Wednesday

Day Five (5) is  Thursday

Day Six

(6) is  Friday

Day Seven (7) is  Saturday




There will be twelve practice quizzes and an final examination for the course. The exam will target the learning objectives stated at the beginning of each topic in your textbook. You may use a calculator or one will be provided for you. A reference sheet will also be provided which will include "Formulae" - (last page of text) and "Table of Common Units" - (first page of text). Please prepare by studying the topic objectives and using the topic quizzes, both in the text and on line, as example question for the final examination.



Reading is an essential part of this course.  In fact...there is a LOT of reading! This reading will include textbook, instructor lectures/notes, and the notes of fellow students. You will quickly note that your facilitator responds to notes posted  to the discussion board but  will try NOT to "talk" too much so that a learning environment will be developed. It is important to read every note sent by the facilitator because these responses are used as a means of generating more discussion.  So if you're inclined to skip notes - DO NOT SKIP THE FACILITATOR'S NOTES!

Class discussion/participation is required to keep the class interesting and to maximize your learning. You are encouraged to actively participate in discussions and bring personal experiences to the class forum. You are encouraged to bring into the course any items from current events which apply to the material being studied in this course.  he class participation grade is based on the number of days quality notes are sent. A quality note adds to the class discussion and supports individual student learning.





                             No Late Assignments 

                                           Unless an extreme circumstance can be documented.

            Pick up Equipment Before First Day of Classes
South Campus Science Department B-210, Phone 586-445-7110)


  Class Begins  January 26, 2006  
    Week                                     Topic 

  Due Before

  1     Autobiography

Friday midnight  January 27

  2     Measurement               (Topic 01)

Friday midnight  February 03

  3     Experimental Models  (Topic 02)

Friday midnight  February 10

  4    Structure of Matter      (Topic 03)      

Friday midnight   February 17

  5     Heat                            (Topic 04)       

Friday midnight   February 24

  6     Sound                                (Topic 05)      

Friday midnight   March 03

  7     Light                            (Topic 06)     

Friday midnight   March 10

  8    Color                                 (Topic 07) 

Friday midnight   March 24

  9     Magnetism                   (Topic 08)    

Friday midnight   March 31

10     Electricity                   (Topic 09)   

Friday midnight   April 07

11     Motion                         (Topic 10) 

Friday midnight   April 14*

12     Energy                         (Topic 12) 

Friday midnight   April 21

13    Examination (MCC, 6:00 p.m. S.C. B-210)                    

Tuesday Evening  April 25




Return Equipment  (Science Department B-210)

Note to a Future Classmate  (Submit to Discussion Board)

  Topic reports will be evaluated using the "Grade Report" rubric.
 (Click on the hot link to view an example grade report.)


Please note there will be one scheduled visit on campus for the examination.

Spring Break is scheduled for March 13-17     *Note that an assignment is due Easter week.




The final grade is comprised of:


Autobiography  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      5



Topic Reports (11 x 25pts. reports)  . . . . . . . .  275



Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  100



Summary Note to a Future Classmate Class . .      5



Class Participation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .







Course Grading Scale:  For active students completing the course (Percent)

                                                         (94-100) . . A   (90- 93) . . A- 
                                             (87-89) . . B+   (83-86) . . B   (80-82) . . B-
                                            (77-79) . . C+   (73-76) . . C    (70-72) . . C- 
                                         (67-69) . .  D+   (63-66) . .   (60-62) . . D-
                                                          (00-59) . .  E



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Friday, April 21, 2006 08:15:17