PHYS 1050 - Physics 1

(3 Credits, Lab Required)

It's rocket science! Mechanics is the science of describing (Kinematics) and explaining (Dynamics) motion. The basic concepts of calculus together with laws of conservation of momentum and energy are used to develop the tools required to describe, analyze and predict the outcomes of linear and rotational motion in simple mechanical systems. A brief introduction to the Einstein theory of special relativity provides a taste of modern approaches to this subject. This course develops a strong scientific foundation for students considering a program of study in engineering or the physical sciences. May not be held with PHYS 1020, PHYS 1021, PHYS 1051, the former PHYS 1410, the former PHYS 1420. Prerequisites: either Physics 40S (with 60% or better), PHYS 0900 (pass) or equivalent, and Pre-calculus Mathematics 40S (with 60% or better)  or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that students attain a minimum of 80 per cent as the average of their marks in Physics 40S and Pre-calculus Mathematics 40S. Prerequisite or concurrent requirement: One of MATH 1230, MATH 1500, MATH 1501, MATH 1510, MATH 1520, the former MATH 1530 or MATH 1690.