Spring 2020 - PHYS 101 D200

Physics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Class Number: 1537

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SRYC 3090, Surrey

  • 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 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132.



Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


The topics listed below will be covered in a Studio Physics format.  Each class will consist of students working in groups to go through some active learning problems and demonstrations.
1. Review of linear kinematics and dynamics 
2. Work and energy
3. Momentum and collisions
4. Rotational dynamics
5. Problem-solving in statics 
6. Oscillations; standing and traveling waves 
7. Fluid flow and viscosity
8. Introduction to thermodynamics


  • Assignments 10%
  • Activity Guides 10%
  • 2 Midterms 2 x 20% 40%
  • Final Exam 40%


The grading scheme is subject to change.

Course Specific Fees: A Fee of $30.60 is applicable to cover materials and supplies.



- Physics - Principles with Applications, Vol 1 (7th edition), by D. C. Giancoli
- Mastering Physics access code (please purchase this from the bookstore)

You can purchase the package from the bookstore; please be sure to at least purchase your Mastering Physics access at the SFU Bookstore as we use a modified version. This version is also cheaper than the version on the MP website.

Course fees: A Fee of $30.60 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:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/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