Physics for Life Sciences I

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Physics
Course Code
PHYS 1108
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
36
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Hybrid
Typically Offered
Winter

Overview

Course Description
This is a physics course for life sciences students. All the topics covered will be illustrated with applications takes from the life sciences. Topics will include force and motion, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, conservation of angular momentum, fluids, waves, properties of soft matter and thermal physics.
Course Content

Course Content

  1. Review of linear kinematics and dynamics
  2. Friction and viscous drag; drag forces in cells
  3. Work and energy; mechanical work in the cell
  4. Rotational dynamics; flagellar torques
  5. Problem-solving in statics
  6. Oscillations; standing and traveling waves
  7. Wave power; human hearing
  8. Introduction to fluids; buoyancy
  9. Fluid flow and viscosity
  10. Random walks; diffusion; macromolecular sizes
  11. Kinetic theory of gases
  12. Properties of materials, including cell components
  13. Introductory thermodynamics
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture

Emphasis on small group work and in-class assignments.  

Some assignments may be done on-line. 

Means of Assessment

Assignments        10 - 20%

     On-line assignments are an option

Midterm              15 - 25%
Quizzes               10 - 30%
Final Exam          30 - 40%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will demonstrate their ability to solve problems involving life science applications in 

  1. force and motion
  2. conservation of energy
  3. conservation of momentum
  4. conservation of angular momentum
  5. fluids
  6. waves
  7. properties of soft matter
  8. thermal physics
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials.

Example textbooks and materials may include:

Moebs, Ling, Sanny et al.  Open Stax, University Physics (current edition)

UBC  Active Calculus (current edition)

 

 

Requisites

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
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX PHYS 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU PHYS 2XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = CAPU PHYS 110 (4) 2015/05/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR PHYS 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
Columbia College (COLU) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (3) = COLU PHYS 1st (8) 2015/05/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PHYS 1XXX (3); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = KPU PHYS 1101 (4); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = KPU PHYS 1101 (4) & KPU PHYS 1102 (4) 2015/05/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PHYS 1XXX (3); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = LANG PHYS 1101 (4); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = LANG PHYS 1101 (4) & LANG PHYS 1XXX (4) 2015/05/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) = NIC PHY 100 (3) & NIC PHY 101 (3) 2015/05/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC PHYS 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PHYS 101 (3), Q/B-Sci 2015/05/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHYS 1103 (3), OL; TRU PHYS 1XXX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW PHYS 1XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW SCIE 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PHYS 1st (3) 2015/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SCIE 1st (3); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = UBCV PHYS 1st (3), exempt UBCV PHYS 101 2015/05/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PHYS 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PHYS 1XX (3) 2015/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = UVIC PHYS 102A (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 102B (1.5); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (3) = UVIC PHYS 102A (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 102B (1.5) 2017/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = UVIC PHYS 102 (3); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (3) = UVIC PHYS 102 (3) 2015/05/01 to 2017/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (2) = UVIC PHYS 102 (3); DOUG PHYS 1108 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1208 (3) & DOUG PHYS 1308 (3) = UVIC PHYS 102 (3) 2015/05/01 to 2017/04/30

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
15341
Tue Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Kirkey
Jennifer
Open
Online
PHYS 1108 001 - This is a new course for Life Science students. It is calculus based. No lab. Transfers to SFU 101. Uses a free open-source textbook.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
36
0
36
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
12:30 - 14:20