PHY354 - Physics for Electronics

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Subject Title
Physics for Electronics

Subject Description
This course provides a basic physics background for students in the Electronics Engineering Technology program. To prepare the student for an analysis of mechanical systems such as those found in robotics and electric motors, Newton's Laws will be examined as well as rotational and harmonic motions.

Students will also be introduced to the electric and magnetic fields and be required to understand concepts and principles of electromagnetic wave propagation and production. The properties of light will also be discussed.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Solve problems involving distance, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration.
  2. Analyze and solve problems in statics and dynamics using free-body diagrams, force and moment equations, and scalar and vector techniques.
  3. Solve problems involving work, energy, power, motion dry friction, rotation and torque.
  4. Solve problems requiring the application of particle, wave and vibration physics.
  5. Solve problems involving the conditions for translational and rotational equilibrium of rigid bodies.
  6. Solve problems involving properties of light and electromagnetic waves in general; reflection and refraction.
  7. Solve problems involving electric field strength, electrical potential, capacitance, electromagnetic       induction, magnetic field strength, ferromagnetism and inductance.
  8. Write formal laboratory reports utilizing the scientific method, experimental observation, data recording,       data analysis, and error analysis.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.