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Course Descriptions:
         Physics 1020
Physics 1021
Physics 1050
Physics 1051
Physics 2053
Physics 2056
Physics 2400
Physics 2151
Physics 2553
Physics 2820
Physics 3060
Physics 3160
         Physics 3180
Physics 3220
Physics 3820
ES 2150         

1st yr Registration Info

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Physics 1020: Introductory Physics I

Introductory Physics I is an algebra-based treatment of motion.  The emphasis will be on both conceptual understanding and 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.

Although the subject matter in Physics 1020 is similar to that in Physics 1050, the treatment of topics in Physics 1020 is not in the same depth.  The laboratory portion of the course also has major differences; 1020 gives an introduction to laboratory work and supports understanding fundamental concepts introduced in the lectures.  Physics 1050 is intended for students who plan to continue in the physical sciences - physics, geophysics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, etc. The lab work in 1050 introduces more rigorous data handling and uncertainty analysis techniques, serving as a basis for continuing in experimental work.

Physics 1020 is not an appropriate choice for physics majors, future engineering or physical science students (including biochemistry).  Students in these areas who are ready to take Math 1000 are strongly recommended to take Physics 1050 as a prerequisite to Physics 1051. (See important 1st yr Registration Info.) Students whose program requires Physics 1050/51, but who take 1020/1021/1051, may have difficulties and will need extra time to finish their program.

The 1st yr Physics Lab is equipped with 14 Pentium D 820s (2.8 GHz dual-core processors, 1.0 GB RAM) for student use, a dedicated printer, 14 Vernier LabPro or LabQuest Mini computer interfaces for data collection with various sensors including motion, force, sound, light, temperature and radiation.


Dr. Ranjan Patro
Office: ASE 3011 (new building)
Phone: 639-2596
E-Mail: rpatro at grenfell dot mun dot ca

MasteringPhysics LoginID :  MPPATRO42592

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
@ 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
or by e-mail arrangement

Supplimental material available on D2L course page


Marking Scheme 2013

Assignments (MasteringPhysics)

 15 %

Lab component

15 %

Term Tests (2)

30 %

Final Exam

40 %
Total  100 %
Test Dates:
Monday, 7 October
Monday, 18 November


Essential College Physics, Volume 1, Andrew Rex and Richard Wolfson

Other Resources:

  • The Physics Classroom An online tutorial (high school level, but still useful).
  • College Physics by Wilson and Buffa. An excellent website for an algebra-based textbook. Contains many interactive problems, "Physlets", puzzles, and automatically graded exercises.   Great for self-study.
  • Try our Physlets ! These are interactive programs designed to help your understanding of physics concepts.
  • The Feynman Lectures The Messenger Lectures, given by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman at Cornell University in 1964. Seven lectures covering most of physics, restored and enhanced with notes and links. Probably the most influential physics lecture series in the 20th century!  He was a gifted speaker who conveys, with humour and clarity, the beauty and power of physics as well as the wonder of nature. Well worth your time!

Extra Help:

Supplemental Instruction (or SI) may be available for this course.  This is a tutoring session led by a student who has successfully completed the course. 

Check out the studying tips on our website:

Additional help can be obtained from Peer Tutors in the Learning Centre, located in the Student Services annex. Peer tutors are students who have successfully completed the course. Their one-on-one tutoring may be of some help to you. The peer tutor schedule will posted on the Learning Centre notice board and on their web site.

Laboratory Schedule Fall 2013: 

IMPORTANT: The online problem/tutorial system MasteringPhysics will be required for pre-lab quizzes. Each lab section has a separate Login ID, which can be found in the table below. Be sure to register for the appropriate section.
More information during your first lab period.

Lab Activity
GC13LAB1020W GC13LAB1020RA GC13LAB1020RP GC13LAB1020F MasteringPhysics
September 11 September 12 September 12 September 13 Introduction
(attendance is mandatory)
September 18 September 19 September 19 September 20 Measurement & Uncertainty
September 25 September 26 September 26 September 27 Problem Session
LoggerPro Tutorial
October 2 October 3 October 3 October 4 Describing Motion
October 9 October 10 October 10 October 11 Constant Force and Motion
Thanksgiving Break  October 14 - 16   No Physics 1020 Labs
October 23 October 24 October 24 October 25 Problem Session
October 30 October 31 October 31 November 1 Conservation of Energy
November 6 November 7 November 7 November 8 Problem Session
& LogPro Test
November 13 November 14 November 14 November 15 Momentum, Energy & Collisions
November 20 November 21 November 21 November 22 Problem Session
November 27 November 28 November 28 November 29 Heat & Cooling

Details on the lab exercises and tutorials and their relative weights can be found in the introductory pages of your lab manual, which is available in the Campus Bookstore.


  • The MasteringPhysics pre-lab on-line quiz must be submitted before 8:00 AM on the morning of the experiment for your lab section.
  • Should you fail to submit the pre-lab quiz before the deadline, you will be barred from the corresponding lab and obtain a zero grade for that lab.
  • Attendance in all lab/tutorial sessions is mandatory. Exception from a laboratory experiment is granted only for illness, duly authenticated by a mediacal certificate (see University Regulation 14.4).  No more than two exceptions will normally be granted.
  •  A passing grade in laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

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