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Introductory General Physics I

Course Code: PHYS 1107
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Physics
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Partially Online
Typically Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
course overview

This is a non-calculus based course in mechanics. Topics include: vectors; particle kinematics and dynamics; work, energy and power; linear momentum; rotational motion; principles of equilibrium; oscillatory motion; waves; sound.

Course Content


  • Vector algebra
  • Velocity and acceleration
  • Uniformly accelerated motion in one dimension
  • Projectile motion
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Friction
  • Principles of equilibrium
  • Work and energy
  • Linear momentum and collisions
  • Circular motion kinematics
  • Centripetal force
  • Rotational dynamics

Properties of Matter & Waves

  • Hooke’s law
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Mechanical wave characteristics
  • Standing waves
  • Sound wave intensity
  • Doppler effect

Laboratory Experiments

  • simple pendulum,
  • graphing straight line motion,
  • accelerated motion,
  • projectile motion,
  • friction,
  • orbital motion and centripetal force,
  • conservation of energy,
  • collisions and linear momentum,
  • static equilibrium,
  • moment of inertia,
  • Hooke's law and simple harmonic motion,
  • standing waves.

Methods of Instruction

Classroom time will be divided between the multimedia presentation and discussion of concepts in mechanics on the one hand and the application of these concepts in problem solving on the other. 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

The final grade in the course will be determined based on the following:

  1. final examination – minimum 30% / maximum of 40%
  2. at least one test administered during the semester – minimum 20% / maximum of 30%
  3. submitted laboratory reports – 20%
  4. quizzes and/or assignments (possibly online) - minimum 10% / maximum of 20%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the following mechanical quantities and their units: displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, mass, weight, friction, torque, work, translational kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power, linear momentum, impulse, angular displacement, angular velocity, angular acceleration, moment of inertia, rotational kinetic energy, angular momentum, amplitude of motion, period of motion, frequency, spring potential energy, wavelength, wave intensity, intensity level.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts, procedures, and principles of mechanics through the solution of problems: vector addition/subtraction via components, average velocity and instantaneous velocity, average acceleration and instantaneous acceleration, uniformly accelerated motion, free-fall motion, Newton’s laws of motion, friction and coefficient of friction, conditions for equilibrium, work-energy theorem, conservation of mechanical energy, conservation of linear momentum, centripetal acceleration and force, rolling motion, conservation of angular momentum, Hooke’s law for springs, simple harmonic motion, wave parameters, superposition principle, resonance, intensity level versus intensity of sound, Doppler effect.
  • Perform laboratory experiments and analyze the data obtained using appropriate graphing techniques, scientific notation, significant figures, and experimental uncertainty consideration.
  • Write a laboratory report in a conventional format required of submissions to scientific journals.

course prerequisites

B.C. Foundations of Math 12 (C or higher) or B.C. Pre-Calculus 12 (C or higher) or MATH 1105 and either Physics 11 (C or higher) or PHYS 1104

curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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