Fall 2019 - PHYS 140 D200

Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

Class Number: 1214

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, Wed, Fri, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently.



A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 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. Rotational motion, torque, angular momentum, rigid bodies in equilibrium, simple harmonic motion, nuclei and particles, quantum phenomena, cosmology.


  • Midterm Exams 30%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Written Homework 15%
  • Activity Guide 15%



Physics-For Scientists and Engineers Vol. 1 (Tipler) 6th edtition,  Flipit/Sapling Access Code.
Flipit/Sapling Access Code is required. Textbook (Tipler) is an option for the students.

A lab fee of $15.30 is applicable.

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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