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Course Descriptions:
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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 1050: General Physics I: Mechanics

General Physics I 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 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.

The 1st yr Physics Lab is equipped with 14 student-use computers, a dedicated printer, 14 Vernier LabPro or LabQuest Mini computer interfaces for data collection with varied sensors, including: motion, force, sound, light, temperature and radiation.


Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028 (new building)
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca
Six Ideas, Unit C Six Ideas, Unit N


Six Ideas That Shaped Physics (2nd Edition);  Thomas A. Moore

Unit C:  Conservation Laws
Unit N:  Laws of Physics are Universal
Unit R:  Laws of Physics are Frame-Dependent

Six Ideas, Unit R

Other Resources:

  • Physics Lab SharePoint site contains an assignment calendar, a Discussion Forum, class information, and additional lab documents. You must use your Grenfell network ID and password to log in.
  • The student companion websites for two other texts:
  • 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!

Office Hours:

(or email for a specific appointment)

  • TBA

Check out the studying tips on this 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 is posted on the Learning Centre notice board.

Marking Scheme Fall 2013:

Homework 36 %   Quiz dates: Unit C:  Wed. 18 Sept., Wed. 2 Oct.
In-class quizzes (4)       Unit N:  Fri. 25 Oct., Wed. 13 Nov.
Unit tests (2) 36 %      
Lab work 20 %   Unit tests: Unit C:  Fri. 11 Oct.
Final exam  8 %     Unit N:  Wed. 20 Nov.


100%     Unit R:  (within final exam)

Laboratory Schedule Fall :    First Year Physics Lab (AS 360)

Lab Activity

 1:30 - 4:30 PM   
 8:30 - 11:30 AM
  Introduction / LoggerProTutorial
                (attendance mandatory)
September 9 September 10
Experiment: Measurement and Uncertainty September 16 September 17
Experiment: One-Dimensional Motion September 23 September 24
Excel Tutorial September 30 October 1
Experiment: Impulse: Momentum Transfer October 7 October 8
No Phys 1050 Labs October 14 
October 15
Experiment: Energy Conservation October 21 October 22
No Phys 1050 Labs October 28 October 29
Experiment: Constant Acceleration November 4 November 5
No Phys 1050 Labs November 11 (Remembrance) November 12
Experiment: Newton's 2nd Law November 18 November 19
Experiment: Analyzing Projectile Motion November 25 November 26
LAB TEST December 2 December 3

Details on the lab exercises and tutorial and their relative weights can be found in the introductory pages of your lab manual, which is available in the Bookstore. The Lab Test is worth 30 % of the total lab mark.


  • Attendance in all lab/tutorial sessions is mandatory. Exception from a laboratory experiment is granted only for illness, duly authenticated by a medical certificate (see University Regulation 14.4).  Missing more than two experiments, regardless of cause, will result in an "Incomplete" for the lab portion of the course.
  •  A passing grade in laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

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