PHY453 - Physics

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Subject Title

Subject Description
An introductory course in the study of Physics. Its purpose is to expand on the fundamental concepts of physics underlying the studies of biology and chemistry.

Credit Status
CLT - Semester 3
BTR - Semester 4
CHY - Semester 4
CLP - Semester 5

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

  1. Describe typical optical apparatus (such as a microscope) using ray-diagrams.
  2. Interpret graphs of velocity/time and distance/time quantitatively.
  3. Convert between systems of units.
  4. Calculate voltage, current, resistance and power in simple circuits.
  5. Describe the principle characteristics of electro-magnetic radiation.

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.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.