Physical Science Laboratory
Instructor: Dr. Dennis L. Merat
Office Hours: Room S-302B
M 10:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m.- 1:50 p.m.
W 10:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
R 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Phone Numbers: 321-4201 (Office)
362-3682 (Home) 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
E – mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students
to basic techniques used in physical science and to illustrate selected
concepts described in
Prerequisite or corequisite: Math 105 or higher.
Corequisite: NSCI 118
Texts and Materials:
1. Physical Science Laboratory Manual
to Accompany Krauskopf-Beiser: The Physical Universe,
Sixth Edition, by Ronald G. Samec et al.; McGraw-Hill,
Inc., New York, 1991.
3. Safety glasses (may be purchased in the lab for $4.25)
General Course Goals:
The course is designed to:
1. introduce the student to the scientific
method and techniques of
measurement and scientific investigation;
2. explore the relationship between scientific laws and everyday life.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all of their regularly scheduled laboratory meetings. If a student must be absent, other arrangements must be made in advance. These alternate arrangements are made at the discretion of the instructor and only for very good reasons.
Safety: Safety in the laboratory is first and foremost. You will
be advised during the check-in period of the rules for a safe laboratory
environment and the location
of safety equipment.
Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory during experiments involving manipulation of chemicals.
Any student who withdraws from/drops NSCI 118 must also withdraw from/drop NSCI 118L.
7 Laboratory Reports @ 100 points each 700 points
Average (%) Letter Grade
90 -- 100
80 -- 89 B
65 -- 79 C
54 -- 64 D
53 or below F
The student’s average for this course is calculated by dividing the total points earned by 700, then multiplying by 100. If your scores are within these ranges, you are guaranteed the appropriate letter grade for the range within which your scores fall.
Schedule of Experiments -- NSCI 118L
Number* Topic Date
# 1 Introduction/Density January 22
#6 The SimplePendulum February 5
Handout Diffraction/Isolation of DNA February 19
Handout Environmental Chemistry Lab March 4
#23 Earthquakes March 25
#24 and #28 Length of Day andNight/ Humidity April 15
Analysis April 29
* The numbers in the table correspond to the experiment numbers in the