The areas to be covered are mechanics (one and two dimensional motions; vectors; rotational motion; simple machines; work, energy, and power; momentum; equilibrium; Hooke’s law; collisions; circular motion; hydrostatics), heat (thermometry; heat transfer; thermal properties of matter), and electricity (electrostatics; direct current concepts and basic circuits).
- physical quantities and SI units
- vectors versus scalars
- vector addition
- velocity and acceleration
- uniformly accelerated motion
- Newton’s laws of motion
- first condition for equilibrium
- torque and lever arm
- second condition for equilibrium
- simple machines
- work, energy and power
- conservation of energy
- momentum and impulse
- centripetal force and acceleration
- rotational motion
- Archimedes’ principle
- temperature and thermometers
- thermal energy and heat capacity
- latent heats and phase changes
- heat transfer mechanisms
- electric charge
- Coulomb’s Law
- electric field
- potential difference
- resistance and Ohm’s Law
- electric power
- simple circuit analysis
Classroom time will be divided between the presentation and discussion of basic concepts on the one hand and the application of these concepts in problem solving (working through examples and problems) on the other. Some of the assignments may be on on-line. The laboratory program will involve weekly, three hour sessions during which students will perform a set number of experiments. This course involves some group work.
- final examination – minimum of 30% / maximum of 40%
- at least one test administered during the semester – minimum of 20% / maximum of 30%
- submitted laboratory reports – 20%
- quizzes, assignments – maximum of 20% Some assignments may be done online.
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Explain/define terms and quantities encountered: displacement, velocity/speed, acceleration, free-fall, scalar, vector resultant, vector component, equilibrium, mass, weight, force, free body diagram, centre of gravity, torque, lever arm, friction, work, kinetic energy, potential energy, power, momentum, impulse, moment of inertia, angular displacement, angular velocity, angular acceleration, centripetal force, centripetal acceleration, density, pressure, fluid pressure, temperature, thermal energy, specific heat, latent heat, heat conduction, convection, radiation, electric charge, electrical conductor, insulator, electric field, electric potential difference/voltage, resistance, current, electromotive force.
- Identify the appropriate SI units for the quantities encountered.
- State the major principles/laws encountered: first and second conditions for equilibrium, Newton’s three laws of motion, law of universal gravitation, work-energy theorem, principles of conservation of energy and momentum, Archimedes’ principle, Coulomb’s law, Ohm’s law.
- Add vector quantities using the geometric and component (trigonometry) methods.
- Apply the laws/principles to the solution of numerical problems encountered in the textbook and in the laboratory.
- Perform basic experiments in mechanics, heat and electricity and analyze the data obtained using appropriate graphing techniques, scientific notation, significant figures and experimental uncertainty considerations.
Exact course materials will be selected by the instructor at the time of the course, but will be similar to
Urone and Hinrichs, Open Stax, College Physics (current edition).
Materials to be Purchased by Students are
Douglas College, Physics 1104 Laboratory Experiments
BC Foundations of Math 11 (C or higher) or BC Pre-calculus 11 (C or higher)
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO PHYS 101 (4)||2013/01/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PHYS 1100 (4)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG PHYS 1114 (4)||2006/09/01 to -|
|Okanagan College (OC)||No credit||2005/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||Individual assessment||2004/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PHYS 115 (4)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV PHYS 100 (4)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|