Course Description

Course Name

General Physics A

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Students will be expected to have passed NSC Physical Science with at least 60%. Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to PHY1023H from week 7.

Taught In English

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


PHY1031F is an algebra-based introductory course for Science students who do not intend to proceed to second-year courses in Physics. Some calculus may be used. The course includes the following topics: Mechanics: vectors, 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.

DP requirements: Minimum of 40% in class record, including 50% in laboratory assessment.

Assessment: Class record (weekly problem sets, class tests and laboratory record) counts 50%; one 2-hour written examination counts 50%.

*Course content subject to change