Physical
Science 100

Professor Grant W. Mason

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Brigham Young University

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Master Table of Contents

  • Click on the following to begin your study. There is no way around it, you will have to do some reading. The information content in science writing is high, so read slowly and thoughtfully. You may find it necessary to read the chapter more than once. So, don't let that deter you. Obtaining understanding of significant ideas requires some work...and a "will to know." The chapters of the textbook (Physical Science Concepts, Mason, Griffen, Merrill and Thorne, 2nd Edition) can be downloaded (FREE) to your computer in .pdf format where they can be read or printed. Portable Document format (.pdf) requires Adobe Reader (v6.0, or equivalent) that can be obtained FREE from Adobe Systems.

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  • Click on the following for basic comprehension Reading Quizzes. These should be completed after reading the appropriate chapter in the text. These quizzes test whether you are reading with some degree of comprehension. (Think of them as a kind of 'crossword puzzle' that helps you learn.) They do NOT cover all of the information in each chapter on which you might be examined. Mastery of these quizzes provides a NECESSARY but NOT SUFFICIENT level of knowledge for satisfactory performance on course examinations because the Reading Quizzes test for basic factual knowledge but not necessarily for reasoning and connecting of ideas. You may repeat the exercises until mastered by returning to this Master Table of Contents and restarting by clicking below.

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  • Click on the following for help with individual Multiple Choice Concepts. In these exercises we try to build some ability to move to a higher level of reasoning and synthesis. We have chosen some larger scale concepts (often particularly troublesome to students) and broken them down into True/False dialogs in order to see how one might build understanding. These exercises help you with examination Multiple Choice questions that require a higher level of understanding than simple memorization of fact. Some Focus Questions are based on these concepts as well. You may repeat the exercises until mastered by returning to this Master Table of Contents and restarting by clicking below. WARNING: Some dialogs use animations that may require the free "Java Software" download (v1.4.2 or equivalent) from Sun Microsystems.


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  • Click on the following for STUDY GUIDE Multiple Choice Questions. These multiple choice questions are taken from the STUDY GUIDE sections at the end of each chapter of the text. Mastery of these quizzes provides a NECESSARY but NOT SUFFICIENT level of knowledge for satisfactory performance on course examinations because the pool of questions from which examinations are drawn is much broader than these Study Guide questions alone. You may repeat the exercises until mastered by returning to this Master Table of Contents and restarting by clicking below.

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  • Click on the following for helpful ANIMATIONS to illustrate selected concepts. WARNING: These animations will not run on some computers and will not run satisfactorily on others, particularly if the computer is slow or the version of the web browser is not current. In particular, these animations may require the free "Java Software" download (v1.4.2 or equivalent) from Sun Microsystems

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  • Click on the following to see VIDEOS of demonstrations of physical principles used in Physical Science 100. WARNING: These videos will not run on some computers and will not run satisfactorily on others, particularly if the computer is slow, the data connection is slow (modem) or the version of the web browser is not current. In particular, these videos may require the free "QuickTime Player" download (v6.5.2 or equivalent) from Apple Computer. QuickTime is available for Windows and Macintosh. If a Microsoft Media Player tries to interject itself and asks if you really want QuickTime, respond that you do indeed want QuickTime to handle the streaming of the data.

    Once the video is running, you may discontinue it and return to the Table of Contents by clicking on the BACK button found on the browser control strip, usually at the top of the screen.

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  • Copyright © 1998 by Grant W. Mason, All Rights Reserved.