Fall 2023 - PHYS 100 D100

Introduction to Physics (3)

Class Number: 1432

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2023
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

    Dec 13, 2023
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BC Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) or MATH 100, with a minimum grade of C-. 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.


  • Pre-lecture quizzes 5%
  • Homework assignments 15%
  • Tutorials 5%
  • Two Midterm Exams (20% each) 40%
  • Final Exam 35%



Required Materials:

i) OpenStax College Physics - available through Canvas
ii) Achieve Essentials for Openstax College Physics (1-term access) (ISBN: 9781319405786)


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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:


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