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Course Description

Live online class will be held 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time) during the section schedule dates. Students can expect to commit an additional 2-3 hours/day of asynchronous work to this course.

UWindsor Prep Physics is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts to help students prepare for physics at the University of Windsor.

This online course facilitates a deeper understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will explore: motion, forces, and energy; gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields; the wave nature of light; quantum mechanics; and special relativity. Emphasis will be placed on understanding theories, formulas, and techniques for solving problems in each of these fields; some emphasis will be placed on science investigation skills, including analysing data qualitatively and quantitatively.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  1. PHYS-1300 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I or
  2. PHYS-1400 Introductory Physics I

UWindsor Prep Physics is ideal for students who are starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Physics, Biology, Forensics or Chemistry. Any other student who would like to deepen their understanding of Physics knowledge or who is required to take PHYS-1300 or PHYS-1400 as part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.

Course Outline

Successful completion of this course requires participants to regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete.

Learner Outcomes

Throughout this course, students will:

Analysing Data

  • Review essential concepts for analysis: scientific notation, significant digits, vector operations, and fundamental math tools

Dynamics

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, forces in uniform circular motion, in a plane, and related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane

Energy and Momentum

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, work, energy, momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, and related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work, energy, momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, in one and two dimensions

Gravitational, Electric, and Magnetic Fields

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields, and solve related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, properties, principles, and laws related to gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields and their interactions with matter

The Wave Nature of Light

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the properties of waves and light, and solve related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of waves and light in relation to diffraction, refraction, interference, and polarization

Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity

  • Investigate special relativity and quantum mechanics, and solve related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evidence that supports the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of special relativity

Notes

This course is offered through Blackboard Collaborate.

Blackboard Requirements

All course details can be accessed through Blackboard. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.

Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Blackboard. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Blackboard.uwindsor.ca works best with Google Chrome. You can also use Firefox or Safari. It is suggested that you avoid using Internet Explorer. There is a “Navigating Your Online Course” module and technical tutorials that you can review for a brief orientation to Blackboard once you log in. Feel free to review the full Blackboard preferred system requirements.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of SPH4U (Grade 12U Physics) and MHF4U (Grade 12U Advanced Functions) is recommended
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