BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Physical Science

PHY S 100


$ 549.00

Instructor: Laralee Gordon Ireland PhD
Credits: 3.00

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Conceptual lectures and demonstrations of the most significant and universal laws and models describing the physical world by faculty from Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Geology Departments.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Knowledge, Science and the Universe
Lesson 2: Laws Governing Motion
Lesson 3: The Gravitational Interaction
Lesson 4: The Electromagnetic Interaction
Lesson 5: Application of the Laws of Force and Motion
Lesson 6: Forces in Fluids
Lesson 7: Motion at High Speed
Lesson 8: Conservation Laws
Lesson 9: Energy
Lesson 10: Waves
Lesson 11: The Properties of Light
Lesson 12: Physical Properties of Matter and the Continuous Model
Lesson 13: The Molecular Model of Matter
Lesson 14: The Nuclear Atom
Lesson 15: Duality of Matter
Lesson 16: The Quantum Model of the Atom
Lesson 17: The Periodic Table
Lesson 18: The Law of Increasing Disorder
Lesson 19: Atoms, Molecules, and Extended-Bonding Substances
Lesson 20: Principles of Chemical Reactivity
Lesson 21: Bonding in Metals, Alloys, and Semiconductors
Lesson 22: Bonding in Ionic Compounds
Lesson 23: Covalent Bonding and Intermolecular Interactions
Lesson 24: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral—It’s All Chemistry
Lesson 25: Radioactivity, Nuclear Processes, and Applications
Lesson 26: Earth’s Interior
Lesson 27: Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
Lesson 28: Geologic Time
Lesson 29: Earth Materials
Lesson 30: Surface Processes
Lesson 31: Earth’s Climate
Lesson 32: Beyond Earth
Lesson 33: The Life Cycle of a Star
Lesson 34: Cosmology: The History of the Universe

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


Satisfies Brigham Young University core Physical Science requirement. Please note that either the 2nd or 3rd edition of the textbook Physical Science Concepts can be used for this course. Also, because of a downloadable program for lesson 20, Microsoft Internet Explorer should be used as the browser for lesson 20 and (with one exception) in lesson 17.

Mac users: We recommend using Firefox as your browser, particularly when you submit assignments.

   No Materials required for this course!