PHYS 0501
Introductory Physics

0 Credit

Note: Students who complete PHYS 0501 will meet the ABE Provincial Level (Grade 12) Biology learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the BC Provincial Government's publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions - An Articulation Handbook.


This advanced-level university preparation course is equivalent to Grade 11 physics. Topics include measurement, kinematics, dynamics, heat and relativity, waves, electricity and nuclear physics.

Delivery Method



MATH 0523: Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 11 (may be taken concurrently).


  • Develop the knowledge and skill to collect, analyze, and integrate data related to the physical sciences.
  • Use laws and principles of interrelationships between matter and energy.

Course Outline

There are six modules in PHYS 0501 that cover the following topics:

Module 1: Measurement

  • Part A: Exact Numbers
  • Part B: Uncertainty in Numbers
  • Part C: Significant Figures
  • Part D: Calculations and Significant Figures

Module 2: Kinematics

  • Part A: Simple Motion
  • Part B: Velocity and Acceleration
  • Part C: Bodies in Free Fall

Module 3: Dynamics

  • Part A: Forces
  • Part B: Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Part C: Momentum, Impulse, and the Conservation of Momentum
  • Part D: Work, Power, and Energy

Module 4: Heat and Relativity

  • Part A: Thermal Energy
  • Part B: Heat
  • Part C: Relativity

Module 5: Waves

  • Part A: Introduction to Waves
  • Part B: Sound
  • Part C: Interference of Sound Waves
  • Part D: Light Rays and Reflection
  • Part E: Refraction of Light
  • Part F: Light and Colour

Module 6: Electricity and Nuclear Physics

  • Part A: Electrostatics
  • Part B: Current Electricity
  • Part C: Electric Circuits
  • Part D: Nuclear Physics
  • Part E: Investigating the Atom
  • Part F: Investigating the Nucleus
  • Part G: Nuclear Energy

Laboratory Component

  • PHYS 0501 has approximately 56 hours of laboratory work out of the total of approximately 168 hours of work that students typically require to complete the course. There are a total of 10 labs. The labs are included in the assignments and each requires a formal lab report.

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Martindale, David G.. Fundamentals of Physics: An Introductory Course. 2nd ed. D. C. Heath Canada, 1987.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-669-95113-4 / 0-669-95113-7

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall. Lab marks are included in the assignments.

Assignment 1 3%
Assignment 2.1 5%
Assignment 2.2 7%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 8%
Assignment 5 10%
Assignment 6 12%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%