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 waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity.
The course content will include but not be limited to
- Electrostatics: Forces and Fields
- Electrostatics: Potentials
- Direct Current Electricity
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Electromagnetic radiation
- The Propagation of Light
- Geometrical Optics
- Physical Optics
- Nuclear physics
Methods of Instruction
Lecture with an emphasis on in-class assigments and small group work.
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%
At the end of this course, the student will demonstrate their ability to solve problems with applications taken from the life sciences involving the following topics.
- electromagnetic induction
- modern physics
PHYS 1107 or PHYS 1108
Students are enouraged to take the laboratory course PHYS 1308 at the same time as PHYS 1208.
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.
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.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.