Overview

Learning Methods
Instructors and students use a wide variety of active learning methods including class discussions, problem solving, presentations, and experiments using physical objects and computers.

Major Focus
Our courses focus on the development in understanding, problem-solving, collecting experimental data, and relating physics to local and global issues.

The AC Difference
We focus our time on having students learn physics so that they can apply them to understanding the real- world and not simply putting together numbers to get an answer.

Career Outlook
Developing analytical and quantitative skills in physics is useful for any career. Physics graduates work in law, finance, medicine, engineering, computer science, and biology.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics (4)

Introductory physics, including Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, electricity, and optics. This course is designed for non-science students. Not open to students with credit for Physics 12 or equivalent.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, MATH 12 (B) or MATH 100 (C) (MATH 100 may be taken concurrently)

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 100 (3)
SFU PHYS 100 (0) Exemption
UVic PHYS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 115 (4)

PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I (4)

First part of a two-semester general-physics algebra-based survey course intended principally for life-science majors and taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics covered include Newtonian mechanics, physics of fluids, material properties, heat and thermodynamics. Not for Chemistry or Physics majors. Students may receive credit for only one of Phys 101 or Phys 141; Phys 102 or Phys 142.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 12 or PHYS 100 (B) and MATH 104/151 (Math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 141 or 151 may not take PHYS 101 for further credit

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 100 (3)
SFU PHYS 101 (3) & PHYS 132 (1)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 101 (4) & ALEX PHYS 102 (4) = UVIC PHYS 102A (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 102B (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 100 (4)
TRU PHYS 1100 (3)

PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II (4)

Second part of a two-semester general-physics algebra-based survey course intended principally for life-science majors and taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics covered include electromagnetism, including DC and AC circuits, light, including geometrical and physical optics, and introduction to atomic and nuclear physics, including radioactivity. Not for Chemistry or Physics majors. Students may receive credit for only one of Phys 101 or Phys 141; Phys 102 or Phys 142.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 101 and Math 105/152 (Math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 142 or 153 may not take PHYS 102 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 1st (3), Exempt UBCV PHYS 101 (3)
SFU PHYS 102 (3) & PHYS 133 (1)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 101 (4) & ALEX PHYS 102 (4) = UVIC PHYS 102A (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 102B (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 101 (4)
TRU PHYS 1200 (3)

PHYS 141 Engineering Physics I: Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

Part I of a two-semester calculus-based general physics course designed for physical science and engineering students and taught in the studio-physics format, including formal laboratory exercises. Topics include translational and rotational motion, energy and momentum, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, and introduction to fluids and/or special relativity, as time permits. Students may receive credit for only one of Phys 101 or Phys 141; Phys 102 or Phys 142.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 12 or PHYS 100 (B), MATH 151 (Math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 101, 151 or 152 may not take PHYS 141 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 117 (3)
SFU PHYS 140 (4)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 141 (4) & ALEX PHYS 142 (4) = UVIC PHYS 110 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 111 (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 110 (4)
TRU PHYS 1XXX (3); ALEX PHYS 141 (4) & ALEX PHYS 142 (4) = TRU PHYS 1150 (3) & TRU PHYS 1250 (3)

PHYS 142 Engineering Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism, Optics (4)

Part II of a two-semester calculus-based general physics course designed for physical science and engineering students and taught in the studio-physics format, including laboratory exercises. Topics include electricity and magnetism, simple DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Students may receive credit for only one of Phys 101 or Phys 141; Phys 102 or Phys 142.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 141 and MATH 152 (Math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 102 or 153 may not take PHYS 142 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 118 (3) & UBCV PHYS 119 (1)
SFU PHYS 141 (4)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 141 (4) & ALEX PHYS 142 (4) = UVIC PHYS 110 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 111 (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 111 (4)
TRU PHYS 1XXX (3); ALEX PHYS 141 (4) & ALEX PHYS 142 (4) = TRU PHYS 1150 (3) & TRU PHYS 1250 (3)

PHYS 151 Mechanics for Engineers (3)

Statics of particles, equilibrium of rigid bodies, internal forces, trusses; kinematics: rectilinear motion, curvilinear motion; dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, including Newton’s second law, friction, impulse, linear momentum, angular momentum, work and energy.

This course is calculus-based and intended for students of science and engineering.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 12 or PHYS 100 (P), MATH 151 (math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 101 or 141 may not take PHYS 151 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 170 (3)
SFU PHYS 120 (3)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 151 (3) & ALEX PHYS 152 (4) & ALEX PHYS 153 (4) = UVIC PHYS 110 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 111 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 1XX (3)
TRU EPHY 1700 (3)

PHYS 152 Oscillations and Waves, Fluids, Heat, and Thermodynamics (4)

Oscillations, simple harmonic motion, traveling waves and standing waves, including sound and light, interference of waves, including interference and diffraction, statics and dynamics of fluids, heat, temperature, and calorimetry.

This course is calculus-based and intended for students of science and engineering.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 12 or PHYS 100 (P), MATH 151 (math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 101 or 141 may not take PHYS 152 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 157 (3)
SFU PHYS 1XX (4), Eligible as a pre-requisite for SFU PHYS 121 & SFU PHYS 132 & SFU PHYS 133; ALEX PHYS 152 (4) & ALEX PHYS 153 (4) = SFU PHYS 121 (3) & SFU PHYS 132 (0) & SFU PHYS 133 (1) & SFU PHYS 1XX (3)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 151 (3) & ALEX PHYS 152 (4) & ALEX PHYS 153 (4) = UVIC PHYS 110 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 111 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 111 (4)
TRU PHYS 1150 (3)

PHYS 153 Electricity and Magnetism, Circuits, Radiation (4)

Introduction to electricity and magnetism, electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, and radioactivity, including applications.

This course is calculus-based and intended for students of science and engineering.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, PHYS 152, MATH 152 (math may be taken concurrently)

Preclusions:
Students with credit for PHYS 102 or 142 may not take PHYS 153 for further credit

Transfers to:
UBC PHYS 158 (3) & UBC PHYS 159 (1)
SFU PHYS 121 (3) & SFU PHYS 133 (1). Student may request SFU PHYS 141 (4) instead; ALEX PHYS 152 (4) & ALEX PHYS 153 (4) = SFU PHYS 121 (3) & SFU PHYS 132 (0) & SFU PHYS 133 (1) & SFU PHYS 1XX (3)
UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5); ALEX PHYS 151 (3) & ALEX PHYS 152 (4) & ALEX PHYS 153 (4) = UVIC PHYS 110 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 111 (1.5) & UVIC PHYS 1XX (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 202 (4)

PHYS 191, Introduction to Astronomy (3)

This is a general astronomy course designed to acquaint the student with the heavenly bodies and their seasonal migration throughout the sky. Emphasis will be placed on the methods and tools used in exploring the solar system and the local galaxy. Theories about the rest of the universe will be included. Students will spend time observing the night sky and using computer simulations as an important part of the course. (Not for credit for Associate of Science degree).

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, MATH 12 (C) or MATH 100

Transfers to:
UBC ASTR 1st (3)
SFU PHYS 190 (3)
UVIC ASTR 1XX (1.5)
UNBC PHYS 120 (3)
TRU ASTR 1XXX (3)

Kelly Cheung

Math and Sciences Department Head, Physics Instructor

Kelly Cheung

Math and Sciences Department Head, Physics Instructor

Dr. Cheung has been involved in the development and teaching of physics at Alexander College since 2011.

He received his MSc (University of British Columbia) and PhD (Simon Fraser University) in theoretical condensed matter physics.

In addition, he obtained his BASc in Engineering Physics: computer science stream with math honors (University of British Columbia).

Prior to teaching at Alexander College, he completed research for PMC-Sierra (now Microsemi), TRIUMF, and D-Wave Systems.

Physics.org

Physics.org aims is to inspire people of all ages about physics.

www.physics.org/


Physics World

Physics World helps scientists working in academic and industrial research stay up to date with the latest breakthroughs in physics and interdisciplinary science.

www.physicsworld.com/

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

The Feynman Lectures on Physics is perhaps the most popular physics book ever written.

www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu


PhET Interactive Simulations

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations.

www.phet.colorado.edu

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