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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 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 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.


  • 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 outline

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

  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

Note: Students will receive the above textbooks as a bundle. The ISBN for the bundle, 0-321-92189-5, differs from the ones noted above, however all content is the same.

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall. 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 * 40%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member

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 when starting the course.

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