University Prep Physics is designed for students who have never taken physics, or who want to improve their knowledge before taking a university physics course. Designed in consultation with professors in the Dalhousie Physics Department, successful completion of this non-credit course will be accepted as the pre-requisite for Physics 1100 or Physics 1300 by Dalhousie University. University Prep Physics is equivalent to Nova Scotia Grade 12 Physics.
Course Topics Covered:
- Kinematics in One Dimension: Includes algebraic and graphical analysis, dimensionally analysis
- Kinematics in Two Dimensions: Includes vector algebra, projectile motion and relative velocity
- Dynamics: Includes Newton's laws, freebody diagrams
- Circular/Gravitation: Includes dynamics of circular motion, universal gravitation, Kepler's laws
- Work and Energy: Includes work by forces, work-energy theorem, conservation of mechanical energy
- Linear Momentum: Includes impulse, change in momentum, conservation of momentum (1 and 2 dimensional), centre of mass
- Electrostatics: Includes fields and forces
- Electric Potential: Includes work moving charges, fields, electron volt
- Electric Currents: Includes Kirchhoff's rules
- Magnetism and Electromagnetism: Includes hand rules, charges and wires in magnetic fields, Lenz's law, motors, transformers.
What You Will Learn
Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on improving students’ problem-solving skills.
Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours per week in order to learn the material and to complete exercises. There is no laboratory work. Evaluation will be based on engagement/discussions, a midterm, and final exam. A detailed course outline will be provided on the first day of the course.
* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrolls in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.
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The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PrerequisitesCompletion of NS Math 12 Pre-Calculus or minimum grade of 70% in NS Math Academic.
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