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Course Description

Quantum wave

This course stresses the fundamental properties of particles and waves, designed for students without 4U Physics or equivalent. Topics include: the motion of particles, force, field, momentum, energy and associated conservation laws; basic interactions between particles; properties of waves. It is expected that students will have at least 1 4U mathematics credit. This course is intended only for students who require the equivalent of 4U Physics in order to proceed to IPS*1500, PHYS*1130, PHYS*1010, PHYS*1080, or PHYS*1070.


Course Topics

  • Mathematical Preparation
  • Kinematics in One Dimension
  • Kinematics in Two Dimensions
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Friction, Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Momentum and Collisions
  • Electric Charge, Force and Field
  • Electric Potential Energy, Electric Potential and Current
  • Electrical Resistance and Circuits
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Interference, Diffraction and Refraction of Light

Additional Requirements

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Equate(s): None

Restriction(s): None


Assessment Item Weight
Unit Tests 60%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 
  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

Please view the Technical Considerations for each.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Introductory Physics
June 28, 2021 to August 09, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please contact your Program Counsellor.

Note:  This course is six-weeks in duration.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Physics: An Algebra-Based Approach by E. L. McFarland, A. J. Hirsch, J. M. O’Meara, S. D. Johnson, J. Iqbal © 2021 TopHat 2nd edition ISBN 9780176817336 or E-book 9780176887261
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