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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 1051: General Physics II:
                            Oscillations, Waves, Electromagnetism

General Physics II 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.

Pre-requisites: Physics 1050, Math 1001. Math 1001 may be taken concurrently.

In the laboratory, students use the spreadsheet software MS Excel as a tool for analyzing data, expanding on skills and techniques learned in Physics 1050.  Computer-controlled sensors are used in many experiments for data collection and analysis.

Important note to students wishing to take 1051 after 1020:

While the University calendar specifies that this course may be taken by a student with a minimum grade of 65% from Physics 1020, anyone coming from Physics 1020 to Physics 1051 should be aware that extra effort will be needed if they hope to succeed.

In particular, the laboratory portion of this course assumes knowledge of uncertainty analysis and prior experience with the programs LoggerPro and Microsoft Excel, as introduced in Physics 1050.  A student without this background should be prepared to work rapidly on their own to quickly attain such experience. Excel tutorials are located in the Grenfell network public directory:     /1000physics/1050/Excel Tutorials  and are also available to download from the Physics Lab SharePoint site . Also see 1st yr Registration Info.


Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028 (new building)
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca
Wolfson (2nd Ed)


Essential University Physics (2nd Edition), Volume 2; Richard Wolfson

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!

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Need Extra Help?

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 been posted on the Learning Centre notice board.

Marking Scheme: Winter 2014

Quizzes (4) 40 % Quiz dates:
Tuesday, 21 January

Laboratory work  **

20 %

Tuesday, 11 February

Final Exam

40 %

Tuesday, 4 March
Total = 100 % Tuesday, 18 March

** A passing grade in laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

Laboratory Schedule (Revised) Winter 2014:   First Year Physics Lab (AS 360)

Lab Activity

Monday PM Tuesday AM

   Introduction/Review (required)

January 13 January 14

   Simple Harmonic Motion

January 20 January 21

  The Simple Pendulum, week 1

January 27 January 28
  The Simple Pendulum, week 2 February 3 February 4

    Resonance & the Speed of Sound

February 10 February 11

Winter Reading Break

February 17 February 18
   The Doppler Effect February 24 February 25

   DC Circuit Analysis

March 3 March 4

   Capacitors & RC Circuits

March 10 March 11

   Magnetic Field of a Slinky

March 17 March 18

   Young's Double-Slit Interference

March 24 March 25

  *  Lab Test  *

March 31 April 1

Please note that a passing grade in laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

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