Physical Sciences Lab

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the laboratory study of fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. In this course, students will learn about lab safety and how to analyze and solve problems using critical thinking and the scientific method. This course will focus on topics such as atomic structure, motion and force, sound, and light, with an emphasis on technology, data collection and analysis. Students will complete a collection of over twenty physical science labs with critical thinking exercises and thirteen lab reports. One final exam is required. This is a one credit hour course that can be taken either after or with a physical sciences three hour lecture course.

Course Information

Identify and practice lab safety including proper use of lab tools.

Bloom’s level 1

Execute the steps of an experiment, evaluate and explain the findings.

Bloom’s level 3

Describe the motion of objects and apply the most basic laws of nature, e.g., Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Bloom’s level 2

Differentiate between forms of energy and apply conservation laws.

Bloom’s level 4

Describe types of waves including their properties and behaviors.

Bloom’s level 2

Analyze and synthesize scientific information explaining your findings in an experiment.

Bloom’s level 4

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Public Research University
4 Year Regional Public University #1
4 Year Regional Public University #2
4 Year Private University
2 Year Public College
 Lesson   Quizzes
15 12 N/A 10 5 N/A
 Scaffolded Writing Assignments
1 N/A 2 1 3 4
 Module   Quizzes
13 12 10 10 8 2 formal reports
15 Critical Thinking Exercises 12 Discussions

Lab Experience Hand in Page

Participation Grade

10 Additional pre-lab question assignments Additional grades include class participation, research assignments, and a project

13 Experiements

Quizzes are given throughout

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

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Courses on Demand

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