PHY091 - Physics

Outline info
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Subject Title

Subject Description
The purpose of this course is to prepare students with the necessary background in Physics for various technology and/or health science programs.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Recognize an overall perspective of the principles of physics
2. Use appropriate scientific models (theories or laws) to explain the behaviour of natural phenomena
3. Analyze and synthesize information for the purpose of identifying problems and solve the problems using a variety of skills
4. Communicate the procedures and results of investigations and research
5. Compile and organize date, using tables, flow charts, graphs, and diagrams

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


None - Basic computer skills and reliable high speed internet access.

Topic Outline
Mechanical Systems

  • Vector and Scalar Quantities
  • Forces (Frictional, Applied, Gravitational)
  • Newton's Laws
  • Torque
  • Simple Machines (the wedge, the screw, the pulley, and the wheel and axle)
  • The Law of the Lever
Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
  • Density
  • Pressure (atmospheric, absolute, and static)
  • Laminar and Turbulent flow
  • Bernoulli's principle 
  • Pascal's principle 
  • Components used in hydraulic and pneumatic systems (e.g., cylinders, valves, motors, fluids, hoses, connectors, pumps, reservoirs)
Energy Transformations
  • Energy and Heat
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Power
  • Energy Transformations
  • Electric Motors and Generators 
  • Efficiencies of Various Energy Sources
Electricity and Electronics
  • Electronics Nomenclatures (i.e. direct current, alternating current, electric potential, resistance, power, current, charge energy)
  • Basic circuit components (i.e. power supplies, resistors, diodes, fuses, circuit breakers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), capacitors, and switching devices)
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Ohm's Law
  • Kirchoff's Current and Voltage Laws
  • Circuit Analysis
Communications Technology
  • Periodic Motion
  • Charactersitics of Waves and Sound (velocity, frequency, wavelength)
  • Superposition, Interference, Transmission, and Reflection of waves
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Characteristics of Light (reflection, refraction, transmission, diffraction
  • Snell's Law
  • Applications to Communications Systems

Mode of Instruction

Prescribed Texts
The host college has moved to an e-text and details will be shared with the students in the course site.  Cost is under $10.
Students will now purchase an ex-text from within the course. Their online instructor will tell them how to buy it after the course starts.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading scheme:

Assignments & Quizzes 20%
Unit Tests 20%

Term Work: All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late take-home assignments will be penalized one letter grade per day and will not be graded after one week (there is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade).  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.
If a student has to miss any in-class quiz/test, he/she must notify the faculty via email or phone messages prior to start time of the quiz/test date.  Valid documentation (such as original stamped doctor's note) must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities may be arranged at the Test Centre.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood