Fall 2023 - PHYS 140 D200

Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

Class Number: 1454

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM  2023-09-06  2023-12-05
    SRYC 2975, Surrey

    Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM  2023-10-10
    SRYC 2975, 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.

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

Please note that this class meets MWF  from 3:30-5:20. The lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions are combined to create a better learning experience. Attendance for the whole time is required for this course.


  • Online Assignments 5%
  • Written Homework 7%
  • Activity Guides 15%
  • 3 Midterm Exams (15% + 20% + 20%) 55%
  • Project 15%
  • Quizzes 3%



Open Stax University Physics Vol 1 (free at https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-1)

Online homework: Expert TA (more information TBA)

A lab fee is applicable.


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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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.