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Introduction to Physics I

Official description

A first university physics course primarily for students not intending to pursue a Specialist or Major program in Physical or Mathematical Sciences. Topics include: classical kinematics & dynamics, momentum, energy, force, friction, work, power, angular momentum, oscillations, waves, sound.

MAT135H1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1 recommended, but may be required prerequisite in 2nd year Physics courses
Recommended preparation
MCV4U Calculus & Vectors/MHF4U Functions & Calculus, SPH4U Physics
                            ['Etkina, Planinsic, and Van Heuvelen, College Physics, 2nd ed. (Pearson, 2019)']
Breadth requirement
Distribution requirement

Additional information  is a good site to get a overview of the 1st year practicals.

course title
year of study
1st year
time and location
36L: LEC9901: MWF11: Online Synchronous 20P: M1-3/M3-5/T10-12/T1-3/T3-5/W1-3/W3-5/W6-8/R10-12/R12-2/R2-4/F9-11/F2-4: Online Synchronous Term Tests will be scheduled during selected MWF lecture periods (11:10am-12pm Toronto time). The precise dates will be confirmed on the Quercus course site in early September, and students must be available during those periods. On dates without Term Tests, class material will also be made available asynchronously. Synchronous participation will be required for Practicals every week. Students cannot alternate their Practical, on the same day, with any 100‐level BIO or CHM course lab. Students may add or change a Practical (P) section via ACORN until September 12, 2021. Starting September 13, 2021, adding or changing of Practical sections must be requested online at:
Harlow, Jason
Jason Harlow
practical coordinator
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Carolyn Sealfon

Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.