PHYS 040 – Advanced Physics

An introduction to physical laws governing motion, forces, energy and electricity. The course uses geometry, algebra, graphs, and vectors to describe physical phenomena. Laboratory experiments are used to illustrate physical laws and develop measurement and data analysis skills. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding rather than numerical computation. This course satisfies the requirements for Advanced Level science.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 90; Laboratory Hours: 30)


Total Weeks: 20


i.“C“ or higher in MATH040 or MATH11 or equivalent or Provincial Level Placement on the CCP Math Assessment; and
ii.“C“ or higher in SCIE030 or SCIE10 or equivalent.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


Course Content:
The successful learner will be able to discuss the following concepts and demonstrate proficiency, at the appropriate level, in solving problems using these concepts:
- SI system
- Scientific notation
- Precision, accuracy, tolerance, errors, significant figures
- Using charts and graphs
- Using measuring devices
Linear motion (kinematics)
- Motion and particle diagrams
- Vectors and scalars
- Position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed, acceleration
- p-t, v-t and a-t graphs, slopes and areas under graphs
Newton's Law of Motion in one dimension (dynamics)
- Work and energy
- Simple and compound machines
- Conservation of energy
- Heat and thermodynamics
- Conservation of momentum
- Electrostatics
- Electric current

- Electric circuits


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to solve elementary problems in Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, and electricity, and will have rudimentary ability 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, dynamics, energy transfer, basic electricity and electrical circuits. These concepts must include vector, scalar, displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, heat, entropy, mass, current, potential difference, resistance
- Apply the principles of conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, Newton’s Laws of Motion, laws of thermodynamics and Kirchoff’s laws to solve problems and explain physical phenomena
- Use mathematics to solve problems incorporating uniform velocity, uniform acceleration, forces, work, power, specific heat, heat transfer, Ohm’s Law and Coulomb’s law
- Interpret simple experiments, including graphs and equations
- Measure physical phenomena with the appropriate level of precision using a ruler, Vernier caliper, micrometer, electric balance, spring scale, motion detector, acceleration timer, voltmeter and ammeter
- Set up and conduct simple experiments, including appropriate choice of measurement and suitable analysis of data. The experiments involve measurement, motion in one dimension, energy of objects such as lab carts, simple machines, electrical induction and conduction, series and parallel circuits
- Discuss experimental theory with group members
- Write clear purpose/hypothesis statements
- Create a data recording tool and 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 neatly using appropriate units and scales
- Complete lab reports within a reasonable time
- Set up labs in an organized manner
- Collaborate with others to complete group experiments and problem solving activities
- Acquire and demonstrate the following problem-solving skills: identify a physics problem, recognize what is relevant to the problem and what is not, organize the given information into a usable form, draw diagrams as needed, apply one or more physical laws, perform mathematical manipulations if required, and interpret 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.