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University Prep Physics (Physics 0010.00)

Fall 2018 course times & tutorial information

October 30 - December 13, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 pm.
Tutorials: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Midterm: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Final Exam Review: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Final Exam: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on improving students’ problem solving skills. 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.


Completion of NS Math 12 Pre-Calculus or minimum grade of 70% in NS Math Academic.

Concepts to be 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 digrams, ...
  • 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, ...

Course structure

You should be prepared to spend 3 hours for every hour of class time in order to learn the material and to prepare assignments. There is no laboratory work.

* 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.