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PHY-050 College Preparatory Physics I

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab 3 credits


College Preparatory Physics I is designed to provide students with the equivalent of ABE Advanced Level Physics or Grade 11 Physics. The content of the course includes: measurement, kinematics in one dimension, dynamics in one dimension, Newton's laws, friction,gravitation, kinetic and potential energy,momentum, heat, wave phenomena and optics, and electricity.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, Pre Calculus 11, or MAT 053 or MAT 055 preferred; however, students may take this course with a C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations of Math 10 or MAT 033/034 and must take MAT 053, or MAT 055 concurrently.
  • Take PHY-050L

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PHY-060 College Preparatory Physics II

4 hours lecture + 2 hours lab, or distance (D) with attendance at a Campus lab required, or online, 3 credits


College Preparatory Physics II is designed to provide students with the equivalent of ABE Provincial Level Physics or Grade 12 Physics. The course includes vectors using trigonometry, kinematics in one and two dimensions, energy and momentum, statics and dynamics, rotational dynamics, vibrations and waves, electromagnetism, and geometric optics.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Principles of Math 11 (Algebra), Pre Calculus 11 or MAT 053. MAT 060 recommended to be taken concurrently.
  • C in PHY 050 or Physics 11.
  • Take PHY-060L

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PHY-100 Introduction to Physics I

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, or Web-Based Distance, 3 credits


Introduction to Physics I and II are first year algebra-based courses. They are designed for those students that have a relatively weak background in physics. PHY 100 includes vectors, and scalars, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotational motion, thermodynamics, fluids and wave motion. Laboratory work illustrates theoretical concepts and develops laboratory skills and techniques.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in Physics 11 or PHY 050.
  • C+ in one of Principles of Math 12, Pre Calculus 12, MAT 060 or MAT 067. Corequisite(s): MAT 102 or MAT 181 (MAT 181 is recommended for most students; however, students continuing on to life sciences at the University of Victoria could take MAT 102).
  • PHY-100L

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PHY-101 Introduction to Physics II

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, or Web-Based Distance, 3 credits


This is the second of the Introduction to Physics courses. PHY 101 includes light and optics, electricity and magnetism, and special relativity. Laboratory work is used to reinforce theoretical concepts and develop laboratory skills and concepts.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in PHY 100.
  • Corequisite(s): MAT 151 or MAT 182 (MAT 182 is recommended for most students; however, students continuing on to life sciences at the University of Victoria could take MAT 151).
  • Take PHY-101L

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PHY-120 Principles of Physics I

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


Principles of Physics I and II are first year university level (calculus based) foundation courses in physics designed as essential prerequisites to further courses in the physical sciences. PHY 120 includes statics, kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; conservation of energy and momentum; vibration, waves, and sound; heat and thermodynamics. This course includes extensive laboratory work intended to illustrate theoretical concepts and to develop laboratory skills.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in Physics in 12 or PHY 060.
  • C+ in one of Principles of Math 12, PreCalculus 12, MAT 060 or MAT 067.
  • Corequisite: MAT 181 must be taken concurrently, if not already completed.
  • PHY-120L

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PHY-121 Principles of Physics II

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


Principles of Physics I and II are first year university level (calculus based) foundation courses in physics designed as essential prerequisites to further courses in the physical sciences. PHY 121 includes electricity and magnetism, light, optics and modern physics. This course includes extensive laboratory work intended to illustrate theoretical concepts and to develop laboratory skills.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in PHY 120
  • C in MAT 181
  • MAT 182 must be taken concurrently, if not already completed

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PHY-141 Mechanics I (Statics)

3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours tutorial, 3 credits


This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics for students planning to transfer into a University engineering program. The course introduces a methodology for analysis of forces and moments acting on, or within, rigid bodies, structures and machines that are in static equilibrium. Topics include conditions of equilibrium and applications to particles and rigid bodies; analysis of structures, including beams, trusses and arches; bending moment and shear force diagrams for beams; dry friction.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in MAT 181 and MAT 133.
  • Corequisite: MAT 182.

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PHY-170 Engineering Mechanics 1: Statics and Dynamics

3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours tutorial, 3 credits


This course is an introduction to engineering mechanics for students planning to transfer into engineering at UBC. Students will study the statics, kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. They will apply vector analysis to three-dimensional static-equilibrium problems, and differential and integral calculus to dynamics problems, as well as make use of Newton's laws and the concepts of impulse, momentum, work and energy. Students will focus on the analysis of practical mechanics problems in two and three dimensions.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in MAT 181 and MAT 133.
  • Corequisite: MAT-182.

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PHY-215 Introductory Quantum Mechanics

3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course introduces topics in Modern Physics, with an emphasis on Quantum Physics. It explores the experimental evidence for quantum theory and the resulting descriptions of both the atomic structure and the wave properties of matter. This course introduces the time-independent Schrodinger equation as well as wave functions and probability, and applies this knowledge to a variety of potential wells and the specific case of the Hydrogen atom.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of PHY 121 and MAT 210
  • Take MAT 214 concurrently if not already completed
  • Take PHY-215L

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PHY-216 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course introduces topics in Electricity and Magnetism and explores both their theoretical and practical applications. Students will study electric charges, electrostatic forces and fields, electric potential, and capacitance, as well as magnetic forces and fields, magnetic-field generation, magnetic flux, and inductance. Students will work with both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits, starting with the specific cases of RC, LR, and LC circuits, and finishing with LRC curcuits. Maxwell's equations will also be introduced.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of PHY 121 and MAT 182
  • MAT 210 must be taken concurrently if not already completed
  • Take PHY-216L

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