Fall 2021 - PHYS 125 D100

Mechanics and Special Relativity (3)

Class Number: 1801

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 151. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132.



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.

Mode of teaching:

Lecture: synchronous via Zoom, recorded, with the recordings made available for viewing on Canvas. Notes will be posted on Canvas. High-speed internet connection required, along with a webcam and a microphone for class participation

Tutorial: in-person, will include short quizzes

Midterms: in-person, in two of the tutorial slots; dates TBA

Final exam: in-person; scheduled by SFU

Assignments:  Once per week, except for the week of the midterms. 


  • Assignments 20%
  • Tutorial attendance and short quizzes 10%
  • 2 Midterms (20% each) 40%
  • Final exam 30%



REQUIRED: PHYSICS (Vol. 1) 5th edition, Author: Halliday, Resnick and Krane

High-speed internet connection required, along with a webcam and a microphone for class participation.

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, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.