Fall 2021 - PHYS 140 D200

Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

Class Number: 1813

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SRYE 1002, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

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



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.

Course delivery:
All classes and exams are in-person.

*This class meets 3 days a week for 1 hour and 50 minutes. The lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions are combined, and none of them are optional. 


  • Online Assignments 10%
  • Written Homework 5%
  • Activity Guides 15%
  • Midterm Exams 45%
  • Final Exam 25%



-Achieve for Physics for Scientists and Engineers (one-term and two-term options available)
*Link to purchase e-books: www.sfu.ca/bookstore/ebooks

A lab fee 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, 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.