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PHYS 0601: Senior Physics

Note: Students who complete PHYS 0601 will meet the ABE Provincial Level (Grade 12) learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the 2023/24 BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia’s Public Post-Secondary Institutions – An Articulation Handbook, including a completion of a minimum of seven labs.

This course is designed to meet the curriculum requirements for ABE "Provincial Level" physics. It is also designed to meet any secondary school Physics 12 requirements that are additional to the "Provincial Level" requirements. The principal topics in Senior Physics are kinematics in one and two dimensions; dynamics; energy, momentum, and equilibrium; electricity; magnetism, waves and optics. Approximately one-third of the course work consists of lab investigations using extensive video materials.

Learning outcomes

  • Collect, analyse, and integrate data related to the physical sciences
  • Use laws and principles of interrelationships between matter and energy
  • Apply acquired knowledge to solve problems

Course topics

Module 1: Kinematics

  • Part A: Introduction
  • Part B: Kinematics in One Dimension
  • Part C: Kinematics in Two Dimensions

Module 2: Dynamics

  • Part A: Motion and Force--Dynamics
  • Part B: Circular Motion--Gravitation

Module 3: Energy, Momentum, and Equilibrium

  • Part A: Work and Energy
  • Part B: Linear Momentum
  • Part C: Bodies in Equilibrium

Module 4: Electricity

  • Part A: Electric Charge and Electric Field
  • Part B: Electric Potential and Electrical Energy
  • Part C: Electric Currents, Circuits, and Instruments

Module 5: Magnetism, Waves and Optics

  • Part A: Magnetism
  • Part B: Electromagnetic Induction
  • Part C: Waves and Optics

Laboratory Component

There are a total of 12 labs. The labs are included in the assignments and each requires a formal lab report.

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Giancoli, Douglas C.. Physics: Principles with Applications . 7th ed. Prentice Hall, 2014.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-321-62592-2
  1. Boyle, Joe. Study Guide with Selected Solutions. Volume 1. 7th ed. Prentice Hall, 2014.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-321-76240-5
  1. Boyle, Joe. Study Guide with Selected Solutions. Volume 2. 7th ed. Prentice Hall, 2014.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-321-76808-7


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Please note that labs are included in the assignments.

Assignment 1 12%
Assignment 2 12%
Assignment 3 12%
Assignment 4 12%
Assignment 5 12%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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