Physics: What PHYS course should I take?
The Department of Physics offers a number of first year courses. Your choice of course depends on your background, interests, and what subject you may wish to study in upper years.
PHYS P15/3.0 Astronomy I: The Solar System
PHYS P16/3.0 Astronomy II: The Active Universe
PHYS P20/3.0 Physicists in the Nuclear Age
These three courses in Physics, on Astronomy and on some of the major figures of 20th century physics, are intended primarily as electives for upper-year Arts or Science students. These courses may be used only towards a Minor or General Plan. They may only be used as electives in any other Physics or Astrophysics Plan. Note that for students interested in pursuing a Plan in Astrophysics (e.g. Astronomy), they should instead take PHYS 104/6.0 in their first year.
PHYS 104/6.0 Fundamental Physics
PHYS 104/6.0 is an advanced course in fundamental physics, primarily designed for those students who intend to pursue a Physics or Astrophysics Plan. Even if they are not intending to study Mathematics or Physics at an upper-year level, students with a strong interest or background in physics (particularly those planning to study Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry, Geology or Computing) are encouraged to consider this course. Any student intending to pursue a Plan in Physics or Astrophysics should choose this course. It is also a good elective for any Arts or Science student.
PHYS 106/6.0 General Physics
PHYS 106/6.0 is a course in fundamental physics, primarily designed for students who intend to pursue a science discipline other than Physics or Astrophysics. Students who are planning to pursue a Plan in Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Computing, or Geology in upper-years should take this course and MATH 121/6.0 or MATH 120/6.0. Students who are intending to study any of Biology, Biochemistry or Life Sciences, especially those with a Grade 12 Physics background, are strongly encouraged to consider this course instead of PHYS 117/6.0. If you are undecided as to what Plan you will pursue in upper-years at this time, you should choose this course. It is a good elective for any student in Arts or Science.
PHYS 117/6.0 Introductory Physics
PHYS 117/6.0 is an introductory course in physics which is largely algebra based and MATH 4U is required. Students without 4U MATH should not attempt this course. Students who are planning to pursue a Plan in Biology, Biochemistry or Life Sciences in upper-years should take this course, or PHYS 106/6.0. Students intending to study other science disciplines should not take this course, and instead take PHYS 104/6.0 or PHYS 106/6.0. If you are undecided as to what Plan you will pursue in upper-years at this time, you should choose PHYS 106/6.0.
REGISTRATION RESTRICTION: Priority access to Science students during the July 14th - 27th Enrolment period. This course will become available to all students during the Open Enrolment periods between July 28th and August 1st and then again on September 3rd, as space permits.
NOTE: All 6.0 unit courses are multi-term courses. These courses are offered across the Fall and Winter Terms. When students enrol in the "A" suffix course in the Fall Term, the "B" suffix will automatically be added to the Winter Term.Both halves of the course will be offered at the same time in the course timetable.
SECTIONED COURSE: This course is offered in more than one lecture and lab/tutorial section. When you register in the course, you must choose the section that best suits your timetable.