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Effective: Fall 2012
RSPT 52APPLIED SCIENCE FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPY3 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CHEM 25, 30A or equivalent; MATH 220, admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Define and describe acids, bases and solutions.
  • Describe the nature of forces in relation to the physical and physiologic realms.
Description -
Basic mathematics and science principles applicable to Respiratory Therapy. Includes algebra review, metric system, behavior of matter, forces, and acids and bases. Intended for students in the respiratory therapy program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Mathematics related to respiratory therapy
  2. Describe the properties of matter
  3. Describe the behavior of gases
  4. Perform pressure measurement and conversion
  5. Describe the behavior of liquids
  6. Describe Equilibrium in systems
  7. Describe Kinetic theory
  8. Identify Mechanical principles relevant to respiratory therapy
  9. Describe Acids and Bases in relation to respiratory therapy
  10. Describe Solutions
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Mathematics
    1. Algebra review
    2. Significant figures
    3. Scientific notations
    4. The metric system
      1. English metric conversion
    5. Dimensional calculations
      1. Distance, area and volume
    6. Temperature scales
      1. Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin and Rankine
  2. The properties of matter
    1. States of matter
      1. Solids, liquids, gases and vapors
    2. Change of state
  3. The behavior of gases
    1. The gas laws
      1. Boyle's
      2. Charles
      3. Guy-Lussac's
      4. Combined gas law
      5. Dalton's
      6. Graham's
      7. Fick's
    2. Gas behavior
      1. Compression and expansion
      2. Critical temperature and pressure
  4. Pressure measurement and conversion
  5. The behavior of liquids
    1. Change of state
      1. Freezing and melting
      2. Boiling and evaporation
      3. Energy requirements
    2. Liquid systems and interactions
      1. Henry's law and solubility coefficients
      2. Surface tension and La Place' Laws
      3. Cohesion, adhesion and capillary actions
      4. Pascal's principle
      5. Archimedes principle
    3. The behavior of vapor
      1. Poisuille's Law
      2. Bernoulli's principle
      3. Venturi apparatus
      4. Viscosity
      5. Laminar and turbulent flow
      6. Reynold's number
      7. Coanda effect
  6. Equilibrium in systems
    1. Pressure
    2. Concentration
    3. Osmotic
      1. Hemolysis and crennation
    4. Ionic
  7. Kinetic theory
    1. Brownian motion and diffusion
  8. Mechanical principles
    1. Simple machines
      1. Three classes of levers
      2. The wedge
      3. The inclined plane
      4. The wheel
      5. The screw
      6. The pulley
    2. Friction
    3. Balance
    4. Newton's law
    5. Hooke's law
  9. Acids and Bases
    1. pH scale
    2. Logarithms and powers of 10
  10. Solutions
    1. Percent strengths
    2. Strength by weight
    3. Molarity
      1. Moles
      2. Avogadro's number
      3. Equivalents
    4. Molality
    5. Normality
Methods of Evaluation -
Quizzes, midterm and final exam.
Representative Text(s) -
Wojciechowski, William V., Respiratory Care Sciences, 4th ed. Albany, Delmar, 2006. ISBN: 1-4018-6491-0

Disciplines -
Respiratory Therapy
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Assigned reading from textbook, approximately one chapter per week.