Practical Physics

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Physics
Course Code
PHYS 1104
Credits
5.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
36
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Hybrid
Typically Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course is intended for students who have not taken Physics previously or who have taken some secondary school Physics and want a review.

The areas to be covered are mechanics (one and two dimensional motions; vectors; rotational motion; simple machines; work, energy, and power; momentum; equilibrium; Hooke’s law; collisions; circular motion; hydrostatics), heat (thermometry; heat transfer; thermal properties of matter), and electricity (electrostatics; direct current concepts and basic circuits).
Course Content

Mechanics

  • physical quantities and SI units
  • vectors versus scalars
  • vector addition
  • velocity and acceleration
  • uniformly accelerated motion
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • gravitation
  • friction
  • first condition for equilibrium
  • torque and lever arm
  • second condition for equilibrium
  • simple machines
  • work, energy and power
  • conservation of energy
  • momentum and impulse
  • centripetal force and acceleration
  • rotational motion
  • density
  • pressure
  • Archimedes’ principle

Heat

  • temperature and thermometers
  • thermal energy and heat capacity
  • latent heats and phase changes
  • heat transfer mechanisms

Electricity

  • electric charge
  • Coulomb’s Law
  • electric field
  • potential difference
  • current
  • resistance and Ohm’s Law
  • electric power
  • simple circuit analysis
Methods Of Instruction

Classroom time will be divided between the presentation and discussion of basic concepts on the one hand and the application of these concepts in problem solving (working through examples and problems) on the other. Some of the assignments may be on on-line. The laboratory program will involve weekly, three hour sessions during which students will perform a set number of experiments. This course involves some group work.

Means of Assessment
  1. final examination – minimum of 30% / maximum of 40%
  2. at least one test administered during the semester – minimum of 20% / maximum of 30%
  3. submitted laboratory reports – 20%
  4. quizzes, assignments – maximum of 20%   Some assignments may be done online. 
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain/define terms and quantities encountered: displacement, velocity/speed, acceleration, free-fall, scalar, vector resultant, vector component, equilibrium, mass, weight, force, free body diagram, centre of gravity, torque, lever arm, friction, work, kinetic energy, potential energy, power, momentum, impulse, moment of inertia, angular displacement, angular velocity, angular acceleration, centripetal force, centripetal acceleration, density, pressure, fluid pressure, temperature, thermal energy, specific heat, latent heat, heat conduction, convection, radiation, electric charge, electrical conductor, insulator, electric field, electric potential difference/voltage, resistance, current, electromotive force.
  2. Identify the appropriate SI units for the quantities encountered.
  3. State the major principles/laws encountered: first and second conditions for equilibrium, Newton’s three laws of motion, law of universal gravitation, work-energy theorem, principles of conservation of energy and momentum, Archimedes’ principle, Coulomb’s law, Ohm’s law.
  4. Add vector quantities using the geometric and component (trigonometry) methods.
  5. Apply the laws/principles to the solution of numerical problems encountered in the textbook and in the laboratory.
  6. Perform basic experiments in mechanics, heat and electricity and analyze the data obtained using appropriate graphing techniques, scientific notation, significant figures and experimental uncertainty considerations.
Textbook Materials

Exact course materials will be selected by the instructor at the time of the course, but will be similar to

Urone and Hinrichs, Open Stax, College Physics (current edition).

Materials to be Purchased by Students are

Douglas College, Physics 1104 Laboratory Experiments

Requisites

Prerequisites

BC Foundations of Math 11 (C or higher) or BC Pre-calculus 11 (C or higher) 

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

PHYS1107 and PHYS1108

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO PHYS 101 (4) 2013/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PHYS 1100 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PHYS 1114 (4) 2006/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) No credit 2005/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Individual assessment 2004/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PHYS 115 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PHYS 100 (4) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22155
Fri Tue Thu
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Kirkey
Jennifer
Waitlist
Online
PHYS 1104 001 - This section already includes a lab on Friday morning. Uses a free open source textbook.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
17
1
10
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
8:30 - 11:20
Tue Thu
10:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
22357
Tue Thu Fri
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
Kirkey
Jennifer
Waitlist
Online
PHYS 1104 002 - This section already includes a lab on Friday afternoon. Uses a free open source textbook.


Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
18
18
0
10
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
10:30 - 12:20
Fri
12:30 - 15:20