Pre-University Physics

This course is intended to provide a general knowledge of the basic concepts of physics, which is based on solving problems associated with physical systems. The curriculum is based on the Nova Scotia grade 11 and 12 Physics program. 

The level of mathematical skill necessary to complete this course requires a strong background in algebra (especially word problems) and trigonometric functions.

This non-credit course meets SMU's entrance requirement for admission to the Bachelor of Science program. It will fulfill the admission requirement to most other post secondary institutions as well, but it is up to each student to ensure it's accepted by the specific institutions you apply to.

Please note that class dates and times may be subject to change.

Course Outline

  • One- and two-dimensional kinematics
  • One- and two-dimensional dynamics
  • Conservation laws of momentum and energy
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Waves and energy transfer
  • Universal gravitation and orbital motion
  • Electrostatics and electric circuits

This course consists of lectures, demonstrations, and solving word problems. There is no lab component to this class. There is no required textbook for this course; on the first day of class, students will be provided with a course workbook that will contain all the required material. 

Course Dates

Spring 2018: 
On Campus / Face-to-face

May 1 - Jun 21
Day & Time: Tue/Thu 5:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Tanya Skelhorn
Course Fee: $495

Winter 2019: 
On Campus / Face-to-face

Jan 22 - Mar 21
Day & Time: Tue/Thu 5:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Tanya Skelhorn
Course Fee: $525

“ Very helpful course with a good environment.”

“Really liked the course and in my opinion Tanya was an amazing instructor.”
— 2017/18 UPrep Chemistry students