PHYS 050 – Provincial Physics

This course extends the introductory study of physical laws governing motion and forces to two dimensions, and introduces the studies of waves and light, and electromagnetism. Mathematics is used to describe physical phenomena, with an 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: 90; Laboratory Hours: 30)


Total Weeks: 20


i.“C“ or higher in MATH040 or MATH11 or PreCal11 or equivalent or Provincial Level Placement on the CCP Math Assessment; and
ii.“C” or higher in PHYS040 or PHYS11 or equivalent.



Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
A. Kinematics in Two Dimensions
- Use the language and concepts of kinematics to describe motion in two dimensions
- Resolve, add and subtract vectors
- Analyze and solve kinematics in two dimensions
B. Dynamics in Two Dimensions
- Use the language and concepts of dynamics to describe forces, energy and momentum
- Analyze and solve dynamics in two dimensions using free body diagrams
- Two-dimensional equilibrium – translational and rotational
- Momentum in two dimensions
- Energy conservation
- Uniform circular motion
C. Electrostatics
- Use the language and concepts of physics to describe electrostatic phenomena
- Analyze and solve electrostatic forces and electric fields in two dimensions
- Analyze and solve electric potential and electric potential energy
D. Electromagnetism
- Use the language and concepts of physics to describe electromagnetic phenomena
- Analyze and solve problems involving magnetic forces and magnetic fields in two dimensions
- Analyze and solve problems involving electromagnetic induction – Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s law
- Describe devices that operate using electromagnetic induction
E. Waves and Optics
- Use the language and concepts of physics to describe wave phenomena
- Define and distinguish between amplitude, wavelength, frequency, wave speed and period
- Analyze and solve problems involving wave phenomena – refraction, reflection, total internal reflection
- Describe various wave phenomena and the conditions which produce them
- Construct ray diagrams for mirrors and lenses
There should be one laboratory from each topic and a minimum of seven laboratories. Laboratory skills must include:
- Collecting data through observation:
- Recording a measurement to the appropriate level of precision
- Recognizing that all measured values have an uncertainty
- Constructing graphs:
- Choosing appropriate scales
- Determining line of best fit
- Labeling correctly
- Drawing conclusions from observations and data:
- Identifying and discussing sources of error
- Calculating and interpreting the slope of a line
- Relating conclusion to objectives
- Calculating experimental error:
- Determining % error and % difference where appropriate

- Completing formal lab reports


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, centre 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.
Also refer to the Guidelines for Provincial Physics in the Articulation Handbook at



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.