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Thompson Rivers University

PHYS 0501: Introductory Physics

Note: Students who complete PHYS 0501 will meet the ABE Advanced Level (Grade 11) learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the most recent 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 advanced-level university preparation course is equivalent to Grade 11 physics. Topics include measurement, kinematics, dynamics, heat and relativity, waves, electricity and nuclear physics.

Learning outcomes

  • Use the language and concepts of physics to describe how physical processes, devices and phenomena work.
  • Obtain the prerequisite body of knowledge and skills that will provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training.
  • Use scientific processes in an ethical and appropriate manner.
  • Appreciate and apply the physics of everyday phenomena.
  • Link physics to your own practical experience.
  • Handle equipment and lab materials in a responsible and effective manner with regard to your own safety and the safety of others.
  • Apply scientific concepts, recognizing their strengths and weaknesses, to broader societal issues.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve physics based problems.
  • Develop critical thinking skills.

Course topics

Module 1: Measurement

Module 2: Kinematics

Module 3: Dynamics

Module 4: Heat

Module 5: Waves

Module 6: Electricity and Nuclear Physics

Required text and materials

  1. Ostdiek, V.J. & Bord, D.J. (2018). Inquiry into physics (8th ed). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
    ISBN: 978-1-305-95942-2

  2. PHYS 0501 Lab Materials: Economy Cart, Table Clamp Pulley, Recording Timer

Students will receive the above listed required materials in their materials package.

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet is required.


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, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam.

Assignment 1: Measurement 4%
Assignment 2: Kinematics 10%
Assignment 3 Part A: Forces 7%
Assignment 3 Part B: Energy and Momentum 9%
Assignment 4: Heat 8%
Assignment 5: Waves 8%
Assignment 6 Part A: Electricity 8%
Assignment 6 Part B: Nuclear Physics 6%
Final Exam* 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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