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PHYS 050 – Provincial Physics

Builds on Physics 040 in extending the study of physical laws governing motion and forces to two dimensions. The studies of waves and light, and electromagnetism are introduced. The course uses mathematics to describe physical phenomena. Physics 050 differs from Physics 040 in requiring a higher level of mathematical proficiency, making extensive use of vectors and trigonometry. Laboratory experiments are conducted to enhance understanding of physical concepts and to develop skills in planning, performing, and analyzing experiments.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 4.5; Laboratory Hours: 1.5)

Total Weeks: 20


Prerequisites: PHYS 040 Advanced Physics or Physics 11, Math 040 Advanced Algebraic Mathematics or Math 11,

OR permission of the instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
The successful learner will be able to discuss the following concepts and demonstrate proficiency, at the appropriate level, in solving problem using these concepts:
Linear and nonlinear motion (kinematics)
- projectile motion
- circular motion
Newton's Laws of Motion in two dimensions (dynamics)
- forces in two dimensions including equilibrium and inclined plane motion
- universal gravitation
- rotational equilibrium
- conservation of momentum
- conservation of energy
Electricity and Magnetism
- electrostatics
- electric current
- magnetism
- electromagnetic induction
- electromagnetic waves
Waves and light
- reflection
- refraction
- optics

- diffraction


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to solve problems in Newtonian mechanics in two dimensions, waves and light, and electromagnetism appropriate for this level, and will be competent to set up, conduct, and interpret simple experimental analyses of physical phenomena.
In particular, the student will be able to:
- Define physics concepts relating to kinematics and dynamics in two dimensions, electromagnetism, waves and light. Concepts must include vector, centripetal force, equilibrium, coefficient of friction, torque, center of mass, impulse, momentum, electric, magnetic and
gravitational fields, series/parallel circuits, electromagnetic induction, reflection, refraction and diffraction
- Apply the principles of static, dynamic and rotational equilibrium, universal gravitation, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, Kirchoff’s laws, right hand rules of electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction, reflection, refraction and diffraction to solve problems and explain physical phenomena and devices
- Use mathematics to solve problems incorporating uniform acceleration and forces in two dimensions, momentum and energy, rotational
equilibrium, capacitance, gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and electromagnetic waves
- Interpret simple experiments, constructing accurate graphs and equations
- Develop and interpret graphs and equations
- Measure physical phenomena with the appropriate level of precision using appropriate devices
- Set up and conduct simple experiments, including appropriate choices of measurements and suitable analysis of data. The experiments will involve measurement, motion in two dimensions, series/ parallel circuits, electromagnetic induction, reflection, refraction and diffraction
- Conduct careful experiments including: theory discussion with group members, write clear purpose/hypothesis statements, record data , use charts and tables, perform calculations, giving sample calculations and correct units, relate the conclusion to the purpose and the theory, calculate errors and explain sources of error, graph experimental results using appropriate units and scales, complete lab reports within a reasonable time, and set up labs in an organized manner
- Collaborate with others to complete group experiments and problem solving activities
- Graph experimental results neatly and precisely using appropriate units and scales
- Assess the relevance of and describe the “sources of error” when describing and predicting physical phenomena in laboratory work
- Complete lab reports within a reasonable time
- Demonstrate the following problem-solving skills: Identifying a physics problem, recognizing what is relevant to the problem and what is not, organizing the given information into a usable form, drawing neat diagrams as needed, applying one or more physical laws, performing mathematical manipulations if required, and interpreting the physical significance of the result
- Use and interpret experiments that require electronic detection apparatus

- Use the capacities of the learning management system to do assessments, email, review learning, manage progress and glean general course information.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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