PHY198 - Advanced Physics

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Subject Title
Advanced Physics

Subject Description
This advanced subject further explores the concepts and theories of basic physics. Students will investigate the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, electrical, gravitational and magnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, and relationship between matter and energy.


Credit Status
Credit (60 contact hours)

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

1. Analyze the motion of objects in horizontal, vertical, and inclined planes and solve problems involving the forces acting on the object in linear, projectile, and circular motion.

2. Analyze and describe the application of work, energy momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and momentum for objects and explain them in qualitative and quantitative terms.

3. Analyze and describe the application of the concepts, principles, and laws related to electric, gravitational, and magnetic forces and fields and explain them in quantitative/qualitative terms.

4. Investigate the wave model of electromagnetic radiation in terms of diffraction patterns, interference, and polarization.

5. Investigate the basic concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity and the development of scientific models of matter.

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.

PHY091 (Grade B or higher) or Grade 11U/12C Physics and Grade 12 C/U Math.  

Topic Outline
1. Forces and Motion: Dynamics

    Review of three concepts underlying one and two dimensional kinematics: speed, velocity, and acceleration
    Relationship between distance-time, velocity-time, and acceleration-time graphs. Using slope and area calculations to derive one type of graph from another
    Derivation of the equations of kinematics
    Physical interpretation of distance-time, velocity-time, and acceleration-time graphs - using toy cars to demonstrate motion described by graphs
    Properties of vectors: resolving vectors into rectangular co-ordinates, addition/subtraction of two or more vectors to find the resultant vector.
    Using vector to solve problems in kinematics: scale diagrams and trigonometric methods.
    Relative motion problems
    Projectile Motion
    Uniform Circular Motion
    Early Ideas of the causes of Motion – The evolution of thought from Aristotle to Galileo
    Newton’s Three Laws
    The concept of mass: inertial, gravitational, and a proportionality constant
    Frictional Forces
    Centripetal Forces
    Problem solving using Free Body Diagrams – the vector nature of Newton’s 2nd Law, pulley problems, inclined plane problems, problems involving friction, centripetal acceleration

2. Energy and Momentum

    The concept of work (including the scalar dot product)
    Kinetic Energy
    Potential Energy
    Hooke’s Law
    Collisions, 1D and 2D, elastic and inelastic
    The vector nature of momentum
    The Law of Conservation of Momentum

3. Electric, Gravitational, and Magnetic Fields

    Electrostatic Force
    Electric Field Theory
    Motion in an Electric Field
    Magnetic Forces
    Magnetic Field Theory
    Motion in a Magnetic Field

4. Wave Nature of Light

    General wave concepts: vibrations, one dimensional longitudinal and transverse waves, transmission, reflection, interference, superposition
    Concepts and units related to the wave nature of light
    Electromagnetic radiation
    Wave theory of light vs. particle theory of light
    Universal Wave Equation
    Double-slit interference
    Single-slit diffraction
    Interference effects

5. Matter and Energy

    Postulates of Special Relativity
    Time Dilation, Length Contraction, Relativistic Mass and other strangeness
    Experimental verification of Relativistic Concepts
    The Quantum hypothesis
    Wave/Particle Duality
    The Uncertainty Principle
    The Schrödinger Equation
    The Bohr Atom
    Radioactive Decay: alpha, beta, and gamma
    Elementary particle theory
    The Standard Model of Particle Theory

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as the following:  lecture, question and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual and/or group presentation, computer-aided instruction, consultation, etc.

Prescribed Texts
Heimbecker et al. Physics Concepts & Connections 2, Thomson Nelson

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.

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.

Grading scheme:
Assignments & Tests
Lab Report

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood