Physics (PHYS) 200

Introductory Physics I (Revision 7)

PHYS 200

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook), and includes home lab component. This course is charged a lab fee.

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PHYS 200 lab exemption

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: PHYS 204, PHYS 274

Centre: Centre for Science

Téluq equivalency: PHY 1021

PHYS 200 is not available for challenge.

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*Note: If you are interested in a university physics course at a more introductory level and with no lab requirement, you may want to consider PHYS 210.


PHYS 200 is the first course in algebra-based physics, which provides an introduction to classical mechanics and includes a hands-on laboratory component. In addition to the eTextbook, the course material includes a well-written Study Guide designed for independent learning. PHYS 200 combined with either PHYS 201 or PHYS 202 is the equivalent of one year of introductory physics


PHYS 200 comprises the following ten units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction: The Nature of Science and Physics
  • Unit 2: Kinematics
  • Unit 3: Two-Dimensional Kinematics
  • Unit 4: Dynamics: Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Unit 5: Further Applications of Newton’s Laws: Friction, Drag, and Elasticity
  • Unit 6: Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Unit 7: Work, Energy, and Energy Resources
  • Unit 8: Linear Momentum and Collisions
  • Unit 9: Statics and Torque
  • Unit 10: Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum

Lab Component

PHYS 200 includes a compulsory lab component, which comprises six hands-on experiments performed in a place of the student’s choice. Procedures involves video capture and analysis of moving objects and requires some common household items, such as the video camera in a smartphone. Assessment is based on a written lab report. The PHYS 200 course material explains the following experiments.

  • Experiment 1: Graphical Analysis
  • Experiment 2: Kinematics in One Dimension
  • Experiment 3: Projectile Motion
  • Experiment 4: Hooke’s Law
  • Experiment 5: Collision in Two Dimensions
  • Experiment 6: Rolling Motion

Students may qualify for partial or full transfer of lab credit obtained for equivalent lab work at another institution.


Final grade is based on marks achieved on two assignments, six lab reports, and two examinations. To receive credit, the student must achieve a minimum of 50 percent on the final examination and on the lab component, and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement.

Assignments Lab Reports Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

OpenStax College, College Physics. OpenStax College. 21 June 2012.

PHYS 200 is based on the OpenStax College Physics eTextbook, which is open source material licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. A printed version of the eText can be purchased online.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Opened in Revision 7, April 12, 2017.

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Updated April 27 2017 by Student & Academic Services