Course Code PHYS 121
Course Title Mechanics
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

An introductory course in physics for students intending to concentrate their future studies in the physical sciences, optometry, or mathematics; includes vectors (dot and cross products), particle kinematics and dynamics, forces in nature, work and energy, conservation of energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, and conservation of angular momentum. [Note: Successful completion of 4U Calculus and Vectors, 4U Advanced Functions and 4U Physics is required. Offered: F, also offered online: W]

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Winter 2021 course outline (note 2)
  • Corequisite: One of MATH 104, 127, 137, 147.
  • Antirequisite: PHYS 111, 115, ECE 105
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
Special Notes 1) Successful completion of 4U Calculus and Vectors, 4U Advanced Functions and 4U Physics is required. Science students must also take PHYS 121L (or PHYS 131L if they intend to follow any Physics or Mathematical Physics Plan.)
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