Spring 2021 - PHYS 100 D100

Introduction to Physics (3)

Class Number: 1686

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    BC Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) or MATH 100. BC Physics 11 (or equivalent) is recommended.



For students without Physics 12 (or equivalent) to prepare for further physics courses. Introduction to kinematics, dynamics, and conservation of energy and momentum. Students who have obtained a grade of C+ or better in BC high school Physics 12 (or its equivalent) or who have taken any further physics course normally may not take PHYS 100 for credit.


Content    Course-Level Educational Goals
 1. Introduction: what is physics; units, scalars, vectors            
2. Motion along a straight line            
3. Newton’s laws of motion            
4. Forces and motion in one and two dimensions            
5. Motion at the earth’s surface            
6. Kinetic and potential energy            
7. Gravitational force            
8. Collisions: the transfer of momentum and kinetic energy  
9. Optional topics selected from:
-       Power and world energy use   
-       Electrostatics Ray Optics  
 On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1.     Demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical concepts from prerequisite courses (such as area; volume; proportional reasoning; basic algebra, including solving two equations in two unknowns; fractions; basic trigonometry; and radian units for angles) to physics problems;
2.     Resolve vectors into components; add and subtract vectors graphically and analytically; use vectors to find relative motion;
3.     Describe linear motion in terms of position, displacement, velocity and acceleration;
4.     Relate the change in velocity to centripetal acceleration for the case of uniform circular motion;
5.     Predict an object’s future motion graphically and analytically based on its current state of motion
○      for constant acceleration in one and two dimensions, including projectile motion, and
○      for uniform circular motion;
6.   Use Newton’s laws of motion to predict the future motion of an object, and be able to
○      Determine the net force using free-body diagrams;
○      Find the apparent weight of an object; and
○      Solve applications involving common forces, such as a spring force, tension, normal force, friction, and gravity;
7.  Solve problems using the work-energy theorem and conservation of mechanical energy;
8.  Distinguish between conservative and nonconservative forces; and
9.  Use the laws of conservation of momentum and energy to predict the results of collisions between objects for motion restricted in one dimension.
PHYS 100 (or Physics 12) is a pre-requisite for PHYS 101, PHYS 120, PHYS 125 and PHYS 140.

Course Delivery:
Lectures will be synchronous and interactive. Lecture notes will be posted on Canvas.
Tutorials will be synchronous and interactive.
Midterms (dates to be announced) will be synchronous, during class time.
Final exam will be synchronous, date to be announced.


  • Pre-lecture quizzes 10%
  • Assignments 10%
  • Three midterm tests, 15% each 45%
  • Final exam 35%



Required Materials:

i)OpenStax College Physics - SFU Version (available through Canvas)
ii) Sapling Learning Access Code (available at the SFU Bookstore)

Required computer resources:
·         reliable high-speed internet access
·         computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone
·         ability to upload images of written homework

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).