Course code:



I - Introductory

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course is one of a pair of courses covering a range of standard introductory physics topics.

The main topics of this course are electricity and magnetism, light, and optics. As time permits, and depending on student interest, we may also cover basic astronomy and nuclear fission and fusion.

Emphasis will be on how these topics relate to real-world phenomena, with many hands-on lab opportunities exploring physical systems such as circuits, generators, telescopes and microscopes, as well as biological systems like the eye and the nervous system.

This course makes extensive use of algebra to solve problems and mathematical formulas to explain physical phenomena. Evaluation will be based on weekly homework assignments, class participation, lab work, and two exams.


Understanding functions, a strong high school algebra background, or consent of the instructor. Physics I is not a prerequisite.

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