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PHYS 1301 - General Physics 1

Physics Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

Topics covered include translational and rotational kinematics and dynamics, Newton's laws, equilibrium, work, energy, power, properties of solids and fluids. This course is equivalent to general level first term Physics courses at BCIT.


Physics 11 and Math 12 or Applied Math 12 or equivalent.





Spring/Summer 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2018 term.

CRN 23753

Mon Jun 04 - Thu Jul 12 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 04 - Jul 12 Mon - Fri 09:00 - 12:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2009



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Class will not be held on Monday, July 2nd. Once this course is full there will be no over-capacity registration allowed and the Physics department does not maintain a waitlist. This course will be offered again in the WINTER 201910 term and is scheduled to start in early January (Mon/Wed evening classes). Visit the BCIT Part-Time Studies Key Registration Dates webpage for course registration information.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Work correctly with both Engineering and SI units.
  • Analyze the motions of objects.
  • Compute forces on objects in equilibrium.
  • Use the concepts of work, energy and power to analyze simple systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of properties of fluids at rest and in motion.
  • Write laboratory reports, complete with the analysis of data and the prediction of mathematical relationships.

Specific Objectives

You will be able to:

Introduction and Review

  • Use exponents and scientific notation.
  • Describe a measurement process and sources of error.
  • Manipulate equations to solve for specific terms.
  • Describe a measurement process and systems of units.
  • State the base SI and Engineering units.
  • Describe derived units and supplementary units.
  • State the values of the important prefixes.
  • Use SI properly.
  • Unit conversions.
  • Use trigonometry to solve simple problems.
  • Determine the probable uncertainties and discrepancies in measurement.
  • Describe the states of matter and their energy properties.
  • Use a rigorous problem-solving process.
  • Calculate total uncertainties.


  • Solve problems involving collinear motion for distance and displacement.
  • Define distance, displacement, speed and velocity.
  • Use definitions to solve for average speeds and velocities and distinguish between them.
  • Define acceleration.
  • Add and subtract vectors using the parallelogram method and the polygon method.
  • Resolve vectors into perpendicular components.
  • Use the component method to add and subtract vectors, expressing answers in coordinate or standard position.
  • Solve problems involving non-collinear vectors.
  • Solve problems involving vector resolution.
  • Use the polygon and component methods to add and subtract vector quantities.
  • Use the component method to add and subtract vector quantities, leaving the answer in either component or polar form..


  • Use the equations of uniformly accelerated motion to solve problems in kinematics.
  • Apply the concepts of uniformly accelerated motion to freely falling bodies and solve problems involving acceleration under gravity.
  • Draw graphs and analyze data from the graphs.
  • Convert complex units.


  • Describe the nature of a force and inertia.
  • Use Newton's Second Law and the equations of uniformly accelerated motion to solve problems.
  • Describe the difference between mass and weight.
  • Discuss the meaning of Newton's Third Law.
  • Analyze systems of forces and draw free body diagrams.
  • Describe the nature of friction forces and solve problems involving static and kinetic friction.
  • Solve problems involving Newton's Second Law.
  • Solve problems involving Newton's Law and friction.
  • Define impulse and linear momentum and use conservation of momentum to solve problems.
  • Describe the effects of position on weight.
  • Discuss the relative strengths of gravitational, electric and nuclear forces.


  • Define equilibrium, static and dynamic.
  • Provide examples of dynamic and static equilibrium.
  • State the first equilibrium condition for concurrent forces and use the definition to solve problems involving systems of concurrent forces in equilibrium.
  • Define moment of force and torque and calculate resultants.
  • State the second equilibrium condition and use it to solve problems using a sign convention.
  • Define resultant and equilibrant of non-concurrent systems.
  • Describe applications of moments of force and torque including centroids, moments of area.
  • Define density and weight density.
  • Solve problems involving density.
  • Define stress and strain.
  • Describe tensile, compressive and shearing stresses and strains.
  • Solve problems involving stress and strain.
  • Draw a typical diagram (of stress and strain).
  • Use Young's modulus, bulk modulus and shear modulus to solve problems.
  • Understand and use the concepts of factor of safety, ultimate strength and stress-strain relationships to solve problems and analyze materials.

Work, Energy and Power

  • Define work done by an applied force and solve related problems.
  • Define power and solve related problems.
  • Define energy and describe the types of energy.
  • Define kinetic energy and solve problems using kinetic energy.
  • Define change in gravitational energy near the earth's surface.
  • Solve problems using gravitational energy.
  • Solve problems using elastic potential energy.
  • Use the conservation of energy to solve problems.

Circular and Rotary Motion

  • Describe uniform circular motion and periodic motions.
  • Solve problems involving uniform circular motion and centripetal forces.
  • Describe Newton's universal law of gravitation.
  • Define angular displacement, velocity and acceleration.
  • Use the equations of uniform rotary motion to solve problems.
  • Calculate torques and moments of inertia.
  • Determine rotational work, energy, and power.
  • Solve problems involving the conservation of mechanical energy.
  • Define and compute angular momentum.

Simple Machines

  • Define mechanical advantage and efficiency.
  • Describe the functions and importance of machines.
  • Describe qualitatively and quantitatively, the effects of friction on machines and mechanical advantage.
  • Solve problems involving levers, pulleys, and inclined planes.
  • State the types of simple machines.
  • Describe power transmission in machines.


  • Use the definition of hydrostatic pressure to solve problems.
  • Describe devices used to measure pressures in fluids.
  • State Pascal's principle and use it to solve problems.
  • Describe the operation of a hydraulic press and use the pressure relationships to solve problems.
  • State Archimedes' principle and use it to solve problems of buoyancy.
  • Use the Equation of Continuity to solve problems.
  • State Bernoulli's theorem and use it to solve problems.
  • Describe applications of Bernoulli's theorem.
  • Use the coefficient of viscosity to solve problems involving laminar flow.

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