Fall 2017 - PHYS 125 D100

Mechanics and Special Relativity (3)

Class Number: 1571

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the department. Co-requisite: MATH 125 or MATH 151.



An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.


Newton’s laws, projectile and circular motion, everyday forces, accelerated frames, simple harmonic motion, momentum, rotational motion, torque, rotational inertia, work and energy, potential energy, conservation of energy, damped harmonic motion and resonance, gravitation, special relativity, relativistic mechanics.


  • Midterms 30%
  • Assignments 20%
  • Exam 50%



REQUIRED: PHYSICS (2 Volume Set) 5th edition, Author: Halliday, Resnick and Krane
RECOMMENDED: Spacetime Physics 2nd edition, Author: Taylor and Wheeler

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:

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