Course Description

Course Name

Principles of Physics

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Course entry requirements: Students will be expected to have passed NSC Physical Science at least 60%. The permission of the Dean or Head of Department is required prior to registration for this course.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
PHY10213H begins in week 7 and is intended for students who have been advised to transfer to this course after initially registering for PHY1004W or PHY1031F. It places an emphasis on the strengthening of foundational concepts and skills, the carefully-paced introduction of new material, and the development of sound approaches to effective learning.
PHY1023H is an algebra-based introductory course for Science students. Some calculus may be used. The course includes the following topics: Tools and skills: Essential mathematical, diagrammatic and conceptual tools and skills for Physics, coordinate systems, vectors, rates of change, the fundamental forces, mathematical techniques and their relationship with physical phenomena. Mechanics: kinematics, forces, dynamics, momentum, impulse, work, energy, power, collisions, rotation, rotational dynamics, torque, angular momentum, static equilibrium, gravitation. Properties of matter: elasticity, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics. Vibrations and waves: simple harmonic motion, damped oscillations, forced oscillations, resonance, travelling waves, superposition, standing waves, sound waves, sound intensity, Doppler Effect.

*Course content subject to change