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The scientific method, organization of science, describing the physical world, measurements, direct and inverse relationships, graphical analysis, SI system of units, scientific notation. Use of computers: searching for information, data analysis. Library searches.
Speed and velocity, acceleration, forces and motion, inertia; Newton’s Laws of Motion; friction.
Energy and Momentum
Momentum, conservation laws: momentum and energy; work, kinetic energy, power, simple machines. Gravitation, projectile motion, circular motion.
Heat and Thermodynamics
Heat and temperature, heat capacity, changes of phase, heat transfer, greenhouse effect. First Law of Thermodynamics, heat engines, Second Law of Thermodynamics and consequences for power generation and thermal pollution.
Mechanical Waves: Sound
Wave motion, sound waves, speed of sound, interference, standing waves, musical sounds.
Early experiments, fundamental particles, isotopes, Bohr model, modern view of the hydrogen atom, lasers.
Elements and Compounds
Elements, molecules, compounds and mixtures, states of matter, properties of gases and the gas laws, liquids, solids and liquid crystals.
The Periodic Table and Chemical Bonds
Electronic structure of atoms, periodic table, metals and non-metals, types of bonding, equations, ionic compounds, covalent compounds, organic chemistry.
Principles and Applications of Chemistry
The mole, molar mass, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, batteries, acid rain, the ozone layer, air pollution, soaps and detergents.
Electricity and Magnetism
Static electricity, Coulomb’s Law, electric fields, electric circuits, resistance, Ohm’s Law, power. Magnetism, magnetic fields, connection between electricity and magnetism, induction, electric motors and generators.
Properties and Nature of Light
Speed of light, reflection, mirrors, refraction, lenses, telescopes. Nature of light: wave or particle? diffraction grating, spectral analysis, electromagnetic spectrum, polarized light.
Structure of the nucleus, isotopes, radioactivity, radioactive decay, radiometric dating, nuclear fission, fusion, nuclear reactors, environmental issues.
The following laboratory experiments will be performed:
The course will be presented using lectures, problem sessions, small group activities, and practical demonstrations. Video and other audio-visual aids will be used where appropriate. When the nature of the experiment permits, lectures and laboratory experiments will be integrated to allow for discussion and analysis of results. More formal lab sessions will be conducted for those experiments having safety implications. Projects and homework will be assigned to be done individually in person or on-line, or in small groups.
Tests and Examinations (40-60%)
Two in-class tests will be given during the semester (10-15% each) and a final comprehensive exam will be written at the end of semester (20-30%).
A report will be required for each laboratory experiment. One complete write-up will be required, the remainder will involve pre-formatted report sheets. Some of these reports will be marked Pass/Fail.
Problem assignments will be handed out regularly to be done by small groups or individual students, or on-line.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
The textbook and laboratory manual will be chosen by the instructors at the time, but will be similar to
Hewitt, P., Suchocki, J., and Hewitt, L. Conceptual Physical Science, Pearson
Douglas College, Science 1106 Laboratory Manual,
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.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX SCIE 1XX (4)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU SCIE 2XX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU SCEL 1XX (4)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR SCIE 1XX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Columbia College (COLU)||COLU PHYS 1st (4)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PHYS 1XXX (4)||2018/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PHYQ 1098 (4)||2015/09/01 to 2018/08/31|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG SCIE 1XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC SCI 1XX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Northern Lights College (NLC)||No credit||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU SCI 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU SCI 1XX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PHYS 1XXX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU SCEL 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU SCEL 1XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU NATS 1XX (3)||2016/05/01 to 2019/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU NATS 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/04/30|
|University Canada West (UCW)||UCW SCIENCE 1XX (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO SCIE 1st (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit||2005/05/01 to 2015/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV SCIE 1st (3)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV SCIE 1st (3)||2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC SCIE 1XX (5)||2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC SCIE 1XX (4)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GE 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SCIE 1XX (1.5)||2007/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SNSC 1XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2007/08/31|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU SCIE 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU SCIE 1st (4)||2015/09/01 to 2019/08/31|