Physics with Applications (PHYS*1130)

Code and section: PHYS*1130*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: James Ball


Course Information

General Information

Prerequisites: 4U Calculus and Vectors or equivalent, 4U Physics or equivalent
Course Credit Weight: 0.5

Academic Misconduct

TThe University of Guelph takes a serious view of academic misconduct and will severely penalize students, faculty and staff who are found guilty of offences associated with misappropriation of others' work, misrepresentation of personal performance and fraud, improper access to scholarly resources, and obstructing others in pursuit of their academic endeavors. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to, and the right to use, electronic and other means of detection.

Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor. Each student is assumed to be familiar with the regulations surrounding academic misconducts, as spelled out in the Undergraduate Calendar academic misconduct section.

Course Objectives

  1. Improvement of analytical problem-solving skills
  2. Ability to communicate (in writing) a logical problem solution
  3. Improvement of the proper use of calculus in mathematical problem solving
  4. Expansion of breadth of knowledge, particularly in the application of physics to engineering
  5. Development of proper experimental and data collection techniques by participation in hands-on laboratory sessions
  6. Growth in physical understanding of everyday phenomena

Course Related Information and Contact

Quiz Room Location: SSC1101A
Laboratory Locations: MacN 302
Lost and Found: "Lost and Found" is in the Quiz Room (SSC1101A).
Quiz Room Hours: Posted on Courselink – see Quiz Room Operating Hours
Lab Room Hours: Posted on Courselink – see Lab Room Operating Hours.
Extra opening times may be added depending on enrolment.

1st Main Course Contact

Cindy Wells - Quiz Room Supervisor
Please contact the Quiz Room Supervisor with all course related inquiries and email to report any illness or errors in your Courselink record.

Courselink at Guelph

Students in this course will need to use Courselink to check their term marks. As soon as possible, you should check that you can log in to Courselink:
* Use a web browser to go to the Courselink website
* Follow the Courselink login instructions.


James Ball

Lecture Sections

Section Day Time Location
01 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am – 10:20am MACN105
02 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30pm – 3:20pm THRN 1200

Lecture Schedule

Week Lecture Dates Topic(s) Study Guide
0 & 1 1-3 Sept 6
Sept 9-13
  • Introduction to Course
  • Dimensional analysis
  • significant digits, error analysis
2 4-6 Sept 16-20
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • damped harmonics
3 7-9 Sept 23-27
  • traveling waves
  • superposition and standing waves
4 10-12 Sept 30-Oct 4
  • acoustics, nature of sound
  • resonance
  • intensity, intensity levels
  • Doppler effect
5 13-15 Oct 7-11
  • Optics - refraction and Snell’s law
  • lens systems, vision correction
  • optical instruments
6 16 & 17 Oct 14-18
  • force vectors in 2D & 3D
  • unit vector notation, components
  • vector addition/subtraction (resultant force, net displacement, etc.)
7 18-20 Oct 21-25
  • vector operations (dot product, cross product)
  • Newton’s Laws, equilibrium
  • Midterm review
5, 6
8 21-23 Oct 28-Nov 1
  • free body diagrams
  • equilibrium of a particle (2D and 3D)
9 24-26 Nov 4-8
  • forces on rigid bodies
  • moment of force (scalar and vector notation)
10 27-29 Nov 11-15
  • principles of moments
  • moment about specific axis
  • moment of a couple
11 30-32 Nov 18-22
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • diffraction of light
  • wave/particle duality
12 33-35 Nov 25-29
  • course review and evaluation

Note: The information in the Lecture Schedule “Topic” column is provided as a rough guide for the term. Future announcements about changes to the table or of any kind will be made in class and posted on CourseLink; these announcements take precedence over the original course outline!

Text & Other Materials

  1. Textbooks:
    a) PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, 2ND EDITION, Hawkes, Iqbal, Mansour, Milner-Bolotin, Williams. Available in the Campus Bookstore (1st floor MacNaughton) or the Co-op Bookstore (Johnston Hall).
    b) ENGINEERING MECHANICS – STATICS & DYAMICS, 14TH EDITION, Hibbeler. Available in the Campus Bookstore (1st floor MacNaughton) or the Co-op Bookstore (Johnston Hall).
    NOTE: You will need BOTH books. The Hawkes book will be used again in PHYS*1010 in the winter semester. The Hibbeler book will be used again in ENGG*1210 in the winter semester. Don’t sell them at the end of the term!!
  2. Study Guide and Laboratory Manual for PHYS*1130, 2019 Printing Available in the Quiz Room SSC1101A for $40.00 (Cash Only - exact change required)

    Booksale- The Quiz Room will be open for the sale of manuals Thursday & Friday Sept 5 & 6 and Monday – Wednesday Sept 9-13 from 9am-3pm. After Sept 13 this item may be purchased in the Quiz Room during normal Quiz Room daytime hours as posted on Courselink.
  3. i-Clicker Student Response Unit(optional) – available in the University Bookstore. A Classroom Response System is recommended but not required this semester, where students use Personal Response Units (commonly known as “clickers”) to register their responses to questions posed in class.
  4. Calculator (get one with trig functions, ex etc.) (graphing calculators, programmable calculators, and electronic devices ie. cell phones, ipods, ipads, laptops, are not allowed at any time while in the quiz room).
  5. This Course Outline: includes important dates and deadlines, lecture schedule, evaluation information, personal record sheet, etc.


Assessment Weight
Quizzes (4x10%)
(see below for information on quiz deadlines and notes)
Midterm 20%
Final Exam 40%

Evaluation of Quiz Marks

Quizzes are marked out of 10:

  • 8/10 or higher receives 10 out of 10 (highest possible mark per unit)
  • between 4.0/10 and 7/10 (inclusive) receives 2 marks per attempt
  • less than 4/10 receives zero marks for that attempt

The partial mark of 2 does not add to a mark of 10. It is awarded on the condition you do not receive a “pass” on any attempt on a unit quiz. See the following examples:

Four examples:

  1. A student earns 4.0/10 on the first quiz attempt, 6.0/10 on the second quiz attempt, and 8.0/10 on the third quiz attempt. Mark received: 10 out of 10.
  2. A student earns 4.0/10 on the first quiz attempt, 5.5/10 on the second quiz attempt, and 7.5/10 on the third quiz attempt. Mark received: 6 out of 10.
  3. A student earns 2.5/10 on the first quiz attempt, 4.0/10 on the second, and 7.5/10 on the third. Mark received: 4 out of 10.
  4. A student earns 7.5/10 on the first quiz attempt and tries no further quizzes. Mark received: 2 out of 10.

Midterm and Final Examinations

Midterm Exam Date and Location: TBA
Final Exam Date and Location: TBA

The midterm and final examinations will consist of approximately 20-25 multiple-choice questions each. Many students have found that these examinations difficult, even with a perfect mark on the Quizzes. A thorough review of all of the relevant course material is highly advisable in preparing for the midterm and final examinations.

How the Course Works


Students' study schedules at University are often based on a crisis-to-crisis approach (When's my next midterm exam?) rather than on organized learning. To reduce this problem, Physics with Applications is offered using a "Personalized Instruction" method which gives the student some flexibility in scheduling study time.

The central idea of this teaching method is the accommodation of both the student who needs or likes formal lecture teaching and the student who prefers guided selfinstruction. Indeed, in this course, any combination of these two extremes may be mixed to the student's own taste.

Many thousands of students have taken this course and almost every semester has seen some modification, usually minor, in the operation of the course. The present version of the study materials incorporates a large number of constructive suggestions made by students. We hope you will continue to point out errors, omissions and weaknesses so that the course and its teaching materials can be regularly upgraded. We are confident that this thoroughly tested learning concept will continue to be met with enthusiastic approval from the majority of our students.


Formal lectures will be given and you will find a detailed timetable of dates and topics in this course handout. Students may attend all of the lectures or select only those topics in which they feel they need lecture support. You are strongly advised to attend lectures until you are sure that the self-study method works for you. In any case, the entire course content will be covered in these lectures. Whether you attend lectures or not, it is your responsibility to check Courselink for important weekly notices regarding the course.


The Handbook contains the eight Study Guide modules (SG 1 to 8) for this course. These eight modules cover the entire course and are designed so that you need never actually attend a lecture if you follow their advice scrupulously. (You must, however, do laboratory work.) Each module provides you with:

  1. a brief introductory discussion of what the module is about,
  2. the educational objectives of the module,
  3. a detailed study guide (reading and problem lists, etc.)
  4. self tests,
  5. answers to problems, and sometimes
  6. extra problems.

These self-study modules are your chief help; the Study Guide is a teacher at your side constantly and should be studied with care.

Quiz Deadlines and Important Notes

Week Date Notes
0 Thursday, Sept 5 Quiz Room opens for writing
1 Monday, Sept 9 Lab Room (MacN 302&304) is open
3 Wednesday, Sept 25

Last day for Quiz #1

  1. Study Guides 1 (all) and 2 (sections 1-4 only)
  2. Experiment 1 - Simple Harmonic Motion (MacN 302)
5 Wednesday, Oct 9

Last day for Quiz #2

  1. Study Guides 2 (sections 5-7) and 3 (sections 1-5)
  2. Experiment 2 - Acoustics (MacN 302)
9 Wednesday, Nov 6

Last day for Quiz #3

  1. Study Guide 4 (all), 5 (all), 6 (section 1)
  2. Experiment 3 – Optics (MacN 302)
  3. Experiment 4 - Static Equilibrium (MacN302)
11 Wednesday, Nov 20

Last day for Quiz #4

  1. Study Guides 6 (sections 2-4) and 7 (all)
  2. Experiment 5 - Rotational Motion (MacN 302)
12 Friday, Nov 29 Quiz Room closes at 4:00pm

Obtaining Help in the Course

  1. Help may be obtained from the lecturer before and after lectures, or in his office.
  2. LIB370 – Beginning in week 2 to week 12 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 12noon-3pm.
  3. Note: LIB370 is for help in physics courses PHYS*1080 and PHYS*1130. Help will be available in the quiz room during week 1 10-11am and 2-3pm.
  4. The following can be accessed from Courselink:
    a. Dimensional analysis
    b. Trigonometry
    c. Logarithms
    d. Graphing simple functions
    e. Graphing log paper
    f. Oscillating functions
    g. Graphing


Laboratory Protocol

  • Lab experiment sign up is done on-line via Courselink. Begin your labs as soon as possible. There are 5 labs required for this course. Labs can be done in any order being sure that specific labs are complete by quiz deadlines. It is recommended that you start the lab portion of this course during the first couple of weeks of the semester. It is mandatory that you sign up for all your labs and create your own personal lab schedule early in the semester to ensure that all labs can be completed by the lab quiz deadline dates (plan carefully). Print a copy of your lab schedule and staple it inside your lab manual as your lab TA may ask for it if more than the maximum number of students show up for a booked station. Only those signed up to a station will be allowed in the lab. You must attend all your scheduled labs.
  • Please note: lab sign-up is restricted to 1.5 hour time slots which is sufficient time to collect the required data and complete your calculations. You are required to be familiar with the lab material before arriving to ensure completion within the 1.5 hour session. A completion TA signature and seal is mandatory prior to leaving the lab. Once you have completed the lab data and calculations and obtained a TA signature/seal you will tear out the signed/sealed page and hand it at the Quiz Room when making your first attempt at the related quiz.

Quiz Room Protocol

  • Students must show their U of G photo ID card in order to write a quiz.
  • There are 4 quizzes required for this course.
  • Only 1 quiz attempt per day allowed on same quiz group.
  • Your 1st attempt should be at least 3 days before the deadline to allow for a possible 2nd or 3rd attempt. Try to avoid coming at the end of the session as you risk missing your attempt should there be a lineup that prevents access before close. All quizzes are available from week 1 and they can be written as early as you want. The dates above only reflect the last possible date that particular quiz is available to write.
  • No credit will be granted for labs or quizzes completed during a previous semester.
  • If you absolutely cannot stay to have your quiz marked, you may leave it. It will be marked at the end of the quiz period and the mark posted to Courselink by 9pm that evening. It will be available for you to look at for two further quiz periods.
  • Book Bag Lock (optional) – Book bags are not allowed to be taken to your quiz writing station in the quiz room. The designated area for book bags is equipped with cables for locking (you must bring your own lock).
  • All electronic devices must be concealed upon entry and up to exit in the quiz and lab rooms ie, cell phones, lap tops, ipods, tablets etc.
  • All quizzes remain in the quiz room.
  • Wait quietly to have your quiz graded by the TA’s. If you miss hearing your name your quiz will be graded in your absence.

Diagnostic Quizzes

You can in principle try quizzes in any order. However, note that quizzes are withdrawn on specific dates (see below), so these should be attempted as appropriate. Also, note that some quizzes may require knowledge of material from previous quizzes.

Regardless of the combination of formal lectures and/or self-study you use to acquire knowledge in the course, the question is "how do you demonstrate this knowledge and receive credit for it?" When you think you have mastered the contents of the required modules you should go to the Quiz Room where you may request a Diagnostic Quiz. This quiz is designed to test your mastery of the material. It is therefore very important that you come prepared. You will need your University of Guelph photo ID card in order to write a quiz. The time allotted for each quiz is 20 minutes. When you have completed the quiz, it is marked immediately by a tutor in your presence. In this way, no time is wasted teaching you things you already know, but the quiz will isolate those things (if any) you don't know. The tutor will give you help on the spot when time permits. It is important to emphasize the diagnostic aspect of this quiz; diagnosis is its prime purpose. It is of no value to write one if you are not prepared; you are wasting everyone's time. The level at which you are considered to have "mastered" the material is 80%, i.e., the "pass mark" is 8 out of 10.

Each quiz that is mastered contributes 10% toward your course mark. (See evaluation above) If you do not get 80% on your first attempt (and you may not), it doesn't matter. There is no stigma attached to failing this quiz; that is not its purpose. You may go away, study, and try again. The quiz will have served to show you what you must study for that module. Obviously there must be a limit to the number of times you may write quizzes on a single group, and this has been set at three. Also, you may not attempt more than one quiz for each group in a single day.

During your quizroom visit (and the midterm & final examinations), you may use a pocket calculator (graphing calculators and/or any electronic devices, ie, cell phones, iwatch, ipods, ipads, notepads etc., are not allowed during the exams or upon entry to the quiz room – they must be off and in your bookbag prior to entry). In the quiz room, each desk is provided with a sheet of formulae. A copy of this sheet will be included in the exams. No material in the form of quizzes or paper may be taken from the Quiz Room and all paper used when writing a quiz must be turned in. You should visit the Quiz Room during the first week of the semester to see how the system operates.

Self-paced study is a new experience for most students. At best, it permits you to work ahead in physics early in the semester, freeing study time for other courses during heavy weeks. At worst, there is a temptation to leave things too late. To help pace students, deadlines are placed on quizzes. (see above)


There are 5 experiments to be done, associated with Study Guide units 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 (see page 7 & 8 of the outline). These experiments are done in the lab room (MacN 302) and they may be performed in any order (provided you meet the quiz/lab requirement deadlines) at any time the lab is open (see Courselink – Lab Scheduling Program). The laboratory operates as an open lab, but you must reserve a space (sign up on Courselink). It is mandatory to sign-up for all required labs and create your own personal lab schedule at the start of the semester. You cannot just show up and join a group without being assigned to a station. If you miss your lab you may have a difficult time re-scheduling. Print this schedule and staple it inside your lab manual. Each station can be reserved for 1.5 hours. Once your lab is complete (data and calculations) you must have the lab TA stamp your lab to allow you to write the related quiz. When you make your 1st attempt at that quiz you will tear out the signed/stamped portion and hand it in as proof of completion. Notice that the lab instructor does not assign a mark to your lab work, although he/she may refuse to accept it if he/she judges the work to be inadequate. Your understanding of the material is tested in the quiz on the associated Study Guide.

Remember that all quizzes require labs to be complete prior to writing them.

No lab exemptions will be granted for labs completed in another semester.

Course and University Policies

Final Examination Conflicts

The University’s policy regarding examination conflicts, as stated in the Undergraduate Calendar, is as follows: “Students who drop and add courses are required to consult the examination timetable to avoid conflicts in examination times. Written approval must be obtained from the dean or director and the instructor-in-charge of the course to register in courses that have conflicting examination times.”

Accuracy of Records

It is your responsibility to use Courselink to check that your marks are recorded correctly. Please check your record often and report any discrepancies immediately to the Quiz Room Supervisor Cindy Wells ( As an aid, a ‘Personal Record Form’ is provided on Courselink. You should use this form to record your quiz attempts, etc., and from time to time check the computer record against your personal record.


If you are away for brief periods of time due to medical, psychological or compassionate reasons, see or email the Quiz Room Supervisor, Cindy Wells, ( immediately about consideration of extension of deadlines, etc. (Do not wait until the end of the semester to submit your documentation). For an extended illness, etc. (> 1 week), you should obtain a medical certificate or similar documentation and consult the Quiz Room Supervisor. If you miss the midterm or final examination because of illness or for other reasons, consult regulations in the current Undergraduate Calendar.

Course Notices

From time to time, notices pertaining to the course will be posted on Courselink as a news item, and/or given in lectures. It is your responsibility to keep yourself informed regarding these special announcements.

E-mail Communication

As per university regulations, all students are required to check their <> e-mail account regularly: e-mail is the official route of communication between the University and its students.

Drop Date

The last date to drop one-semester courses, without academic penalty, is Friday, Nov 29. For regulations and procedures for Dropping Courses, see the Undergraduate Calendar “Dropping Courses” section.


The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free environment. Providing services for students is a shared responsibility among students, faculty and administrators. This relationship is based on respect of individual rights, the dignity of the individual and the University community's shared commitment to an open and supportive learning environment. Students requiring service or accommodation, whether due to an identified, ongoing disability or a short-term disability, should contact Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible. SAS will email the Quiz Room Supervisor (Cindy Wells) with approved accommodations that will be documented in the quiz room.

For more information, contact SAS at 519-824-4120 ext. 56208 or email or refer to the SAS website.

Recording of Materials

Presentations which are made in relation to course work—including lectures—cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a classmate or guest lecturer.

Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted.

Use of Personal Information

Personal information is used by University officials in order to carry out their authorized academic and administrative responsibilities and also to establish a relationship for alumni and development purposes. The University of Guelph’s policy on the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Course Evaluation

The Department of Physics requires student assessment of all courses taught by the Department. These assessments provide essential feedback to faculty on their teaching by identifying both strengths and possible areas of improvement. In addition, annual student assessment of teaching provides part of the information used by the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee in evaluating the faculty member's contribution in the area of teaching.

The Department's teaching evaluation questionnaire invites student response both through numerically quantifiable data, and written student comments. In conformity with University of Guelph Faculty Policy, the Department Tenure and Promotions Committee only considers comments signed by students. Your instructor will see all signed and unsigned comments after final grades are submitted. Written student comments may also be used in support of a nomination for internal and external teaching awards.

NOTE: No information will be passed on to the instructor until after the final grades have been submitted.