Fall 2017 - PHYS 120 D100

Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

Class Number: 1636

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 4, 2017
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Nov 8, 2017
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Dec 12, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    GYM WEST, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently.



A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


Motion in one, two and three dimensions. Newton's laws and applications, work, energy, momentum, collisions, circular motion, gravitation, and relativity.  Rotational motion, torque, angular momentum. Special relativity.


  • Tutorials/Quizzes/Written Assignments 15%
  • Smart Physics 8%
  • i-Clicker questions 3%
  • Midterm I 12%
  • Midterm II 12%
  • Final Exam 50%



(PKG) Flipit Access Code and iclicker.
Flipit Access Code and iclicker are required.
TEXTBOOK: Physics-For Scientists and Engineers Vol. 1, 6th edtition(Tipler) is an option for the students.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html