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First Year Physics Courses

"In science there is only Physics; all the rest is stamp collecting"  - Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics
 (Nobel Laureate 1908)

Grenfell campus offers two different sets of first-year introductory Physics courses.  Choose the course set that matches your preparation AND your program requirement or interest.  Please read this important information about the differences and advantages of each of the two course sets.

Physics 1020: Introductory Physics I

Offered in the Fall Term, annually.

This is an algebra-based treatment of motion. The emphasis will be on conceptual understanding before problem-solving.

This course is intended for students in the life sciences, or in pre-professional programs such as pharmacy, and for students who do not qualify for Physics 1050. It may be taken by students who have no background in physics.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 1000 or 1090, which may be taken concurrently.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Laboratory / Tutorial: Three hours per week.
Instructor:  Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Physics 1021  - Introductory Physics II

Offered in the Winter Term, annually.

This second course continues the introduction to fundamental areas of physics, including topics such as wave motion, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and modern physics.

Prerequisite: Physics 1020 or 1050. Mathematics 1000 or 1091, which may be taken concurrently.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Laboratory / Tutorial: Three hours per week.
Instructor:  Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Credit will be given for only one of (Physics 1020 and 1050)
and only one of (Physics 1021 and 1051).

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Physics 1050  - General Physics I: Mechanics

Offered in the Fall Term, annually.

This is the first in a series of courses to introduce the student to classical physics. It is a calculus-based treatment of one of the most fundamental of topics in physics - mechanics: the study of motion, forces and energy. The emphasis will be on problem-solving. In the laboratory, students are introduced to experimental techniques, data collection, basic methods of calculation of uncertainty in measurement, and use the spreadsheet software MS Excel as a tool for analyzing data.

Physics 1050 is intended for students planning to major in physics or engineering or in any of the physical sciences: geophysics, chemistry, biochemistry. It is the usual first year course for students in the Grenfell Physics B.Sc. and the physics stream of the Grenfell General Science degree. It is strongly recommended that these students not attempt to substitute Physics 1020 for Physics 1050, as this can increase the number of credit hours required for graduation, and cause serious scheduling difficulties in second year and beyond. (See important 1st yr Registration Info.)  The laboratory work in Physics 1050 also has a significantly different emphasis than in Physics 1020; if the Physics 1020/1051 path is chosen, some students may find it difficult to learn this material on their own.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 1000, which may be taken concurrently.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Laboratory: Three hours per week.
Instructor: Dr. P. Rouleau
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Text:  Principles & Practice of Physics, Eric Mazur

Book cover: Principles & Practice of Physics

Physics 1051  - General Physics II: Oscillations, Waves, Electromagnetism

This is the second in a series of courses to introduce the student to classical physics. It is a calculus-based treatment of oscillations, electricity & magnetism, sound, and geometrical and physical optics.  In the laboratory, students continue to use the spreadsheet software MS Excel as a tool for analyzing data, expanding on skills and techniques learned in Physics 1050.

Offered in the Winter Term, annually.

Prerequisite: Physics 1050 and Mathematics 1001. Math 1001 may be taken concurrently.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Laboratory: Three hours per week.
Instructor Dr. P. Rouleau
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Ring Nebula GCOPhysics 2151  - Stellar Astrophysics

Offered in the Fall Term 2014.

Despite the 2000 number, this is actually an introductory astronomy course with no physics prerequisites. It is open to first-year and other interested students. A knowledge of high school-level algebra is assumed. (While the calendar description gives a pre-requisite of two semesters of Math, this restriction has been removed from registration.)

There will be opportunities to use Grenfell Campus Observatory's 0.6m telescope for an observing-based project - weather permitting.

More information on this and other Astronomy courses offered at Grenfell.

Instructor:  Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca

 


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