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Course details

This course meets the Physics 11 entrance requirement for BCIT programs. It is the student's responsibility to determine the grade they need to meet the requirement for their desired technology. This course offers an introduction to Physics and its basic principles. Emphasis is placed on good problem solving techniques and practical applications relevant to BCIT. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, equilibrium, energy, fluids, heat, electrostatics and direct current circuits. IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE READ PRIOR TO REGISTERING: This course serves as an upgrade course specifically for entry into BCIT programs and is not necessarily recognized as a Grade 11 or 12 equivalent by other institutions.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of PHYS 0309 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 79144


Tue Jan 17 - Tue May 02 (16 weeks)

  • 16 weeks
  • CRN 79144
  • $754.26
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 17 - Apr 25 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 1710
Jan 19 - Apr 27 Thu N/A Online
May 02 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 1710

Hillgan Ma

Course outline




Important information
  1. ** IMPORTANT INFORMATION - READ CAREFULLY AND READ IN FULL BEFORE REGISTERING ** This course will be delivered in a Hybrid format; Tuesday’s class will be held in person at the Burnaby campus and Thursday’s class will be online on Learning Hub ( A computer with internet access is required. The course instructor will communicate with students through BCIT's Learning Hub therefore it is important that students sign onto the Learning Hub prior to the course start date to review any messages. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are exempt from payment of the TUITION portion of this course. If you are registering through the online system and are exempt from payment of the TUITION portion, your account will be adjusted within 2 business days after registration. ANCILLARY fees associated with registration in this course WILL BE CHARGED to ALL students and MUST BE PAID by ALL students. Students need to log into their myBCIT account upon registration to make payment for the ANCILLARY fees. THIS PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO SECURE A SEAT IN THE COURSE. Non-payment upon registration will result in the student being dropped from the course without prior notice therefore it is the STUDENT's responsibility to ensure that fees owing are paid on time. Any student who withdraws from the course AFTER it has begun will not be permitted to re-register and re-join the learning activities this term.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the metric and imperial system along with scientific notation in basic physics measurements and calculations.
  • Describe the causes and effects of motion in one and two dimensions.
  • Describe the causes and effects of systems in translational and rotational equilibrium.
  • Describe the causes and effects of fluid pressures on objects.
  • Explain the concepts of work, energy and power as they pertain to mechanics, heat and electricity.
  • Describe the causes and effects of objects in uniform circular motion.
  • Explain heat transfer and calorimetry.
  • Explain the causes and effects of direct current in purely resistive circuits.
  • Solve single and multiple problems related to objects in linear motion, circular motion and equilibrium.
  • Solve problems related to fluid pressure, work energy and power.
  • Solve problems related to heat gain and loss.
  • Calculate current, resistance, voltage and power in simple purely resistive electrical circuits.
  • Read and interpret technical information at a difficulty level equivalent to the prescribed textbook.
  • Demonstrate correct measurement and data acquisition skills in the laboratory using typical laboratory equipment.
  • Use a computer to enter and analyze data using prepared software.
  • Write a laboratory report in accordance with a prescribed format similar to that required in the Engineering Technology programs.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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