BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PHYS-050 - Advanced Physics -

PHYS-050 - Advanced Physics -

Course Details
Advanced Level Physics aims to foster and develop a scientific way of thinking and a basic knowledge of scientific concepts. Numerical examples and derivation of formulae will be algebra based. The course will also nurture an understanding of science as an integral part of society's culture and provide groundwork for further academic, career, or vocational training. Topics include measurement, kinematics, dynamics, electricity and heat. PHYS 050 covers the Core Topics for Physics: Advanced Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf
Part of the:
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Prerequisites : Science 10, and MATH 057 or Math 11 Foundations, or instructor permission.
    Corequisites : Principles of Math 11 or MATH 051.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week
    Contact Hours: 90
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • solve problems involving SI units;
  • maintain the correct number of significant numbers in calculations; and
  • use uncertainties in measurement.

  • Kinematics
  • use the language and concepts of kinematics to describe motion;
  • analyze and solve kinematics in one dimension;
  • construct and interpret displacement versus time curves;
  • construct and interpret velocity versus time graphs; and
  • solve problems involving uniform acceleration.

  • Dynamics
  • use the language and concepts of dynamics to describe forces and energy;
  • analyze and solve dynamics in one dimension using free body diagrams; and
  • apply Newton’s laws of motion in one dimension;
  • solve problems involving:
  • - friction forces
    - gravity forces including Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
    - elastic forces
  • analyze and solve problems in kinetic and potential energy;
  • analyze and solve problems in energy conservation;
  • solve problems involving work and power; and
  • solve problems involving impulse and conservation of momentum in one dimension.

  • Electricity
  • use the language and concepts of electricity to describe electrical phenomena;
  • analyze and solve problems using Coulomb’s law;
  • analyze and solve problems involving Ohm’s law;
  • define and distinguish between electric potential difference, resistance and current; and
  • solve simple DC resistance problems involving series, parallel and combination circuits.

  • Heat
  • use the language and concepts of thermodynamics to describe the transfer of heat energy;
  • define and distinguish between temperature, heat energy and specific heat capacity;
  • analyze and solve problems in heat energy; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the different mechanisms of heat transfer.

  • Options:
    The following topics may be useful to students going on to further physics courses:
  • wave phenomena applied to light and sound;
  • atomic and nuclear physics; and
  • modern physics.

  • Laboratories:
    There should be one laboratory from each topic and a minimum of seven laboratories. Laboratory skills must include:

  • Collecting data through observation:
  • - record a measurement to the appropriate level of precision; and
    - recognize that all measured values have an uncertainty.

  • Constructing graphs:
  • - choose appropriate scales;
    - determine line of best fit; and
    - label correctly.

  • Drawing conclusions from observations and data:
  • - identify and discuss sources of error;
    - calculate and interpret the slope of a line; and
    - relate conclusion to objectives.

  • Calculating experimental error:

  • determine % error and % difference where appropriate.

  • Completing formal lab reports.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Hewitt, P. G. Conceptual physics. Current edition. New Jersey. Pearson.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 30, 2013.