Summer and Winter Online Introductory Physics Courses

The Physics Department at UB offers 5 online classes during the summer and the winter breaks. Their content and structures are the same as for the regular classes, except the lectures are in the form of recorded videos and recitations are also online but interactive. Exams are all proctored, both on campus and elsewhere. Therefore, they are treated exactly the same as their counterparts during the regular semesters in terms of transcript and transferring credits to other schools. The only difference between summer and winter classes is the number of mid-term exams, 2 for summer courses and 1 for winter courses. All courses have a final exam. The labs associated with the courses are separate courses. They are not offered online, but offered during the regular semesters and in the summer on campus.

Lecture videos can be viewed at any time. Both recitation and office hours are online and interactive. Example syllabi can be viewed by clicking on the course numbers below, which have more details about the structure of the courses. Homework assignments are done online. Exams can be taken either at UB, or at testing centers at colleges and universities elsewhere at scheduled times. If you have questions concerning registration for classes offered at UB, please contact cas-advisor@buffalo.edu. For late registration, please contact ndmercer@buffalo.edu. For other related questions, please contact us at phyugadv@buffalo.edu.

For the summer course schedule, please visit: http://ubthissummer.buffalo.edu

For the winter course schedule, please visit: http://ubthiswinter.buffalo.edu

The online courses are:

  • PHY 100, Introduction to Physics: Students who struggle with College Physics (algebra-based) and General Physics (calculus-based) typically have difficulty with the math part and/or applying math to physics concepts. This course offers a preparation in math and application of math to physics problems, a skill critical to doing well in introductory physics courses. It is intended to put those students on a more even playing field, compared to those with stronger math background. The algebra part is tested. There is optional material on calculus and its application to physics problems (not tested), intended to provide more complete help to students who will take calculus-based General Physics.

  • PHY 101, College Physics I: This algebra-based course is required by health related majors and some science and other programs (not including Physics). It covers mechanics, heat, waves, and sound. (Current text book used in 2015: Serway/Vuille, "College Physics" (10th edition, Cengage), Chapters 1-13 covered)

  • PHY 102, College Physics II: This course is second part, and also required by health related majors and some science and other programs. It covers electricity and magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. (Current text book used in 2015: Serway/Vuille, "College Physics" (10th edition, Cengage), Chapters 15-29 covered)

  • PHY 107, General Physics I: It is also called University Physics in some universities, typically required by physics and engineering programs. This calculus-based course covers kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, rotational motion, and oscillations. (Current text book used in 2015: Halliday/Resnick/Walker, "Fundamentals of Physics" (10th edition, Wiley), Chapters 1-15 covered, 14 excluded)

  • PHY 108, General Physics II: This is the second part, also typically required by physics and engineering programs. It covers the electric field, Gauss' law, electric potential, capacitance, DC circuits, RC circuits, magnetic field, Faraday's law, inductance, LR circuits, AC circuits, and Maxwell's equations. (Current text book used in 2015: Halliday/Resnick/Walker, "Fundamentals of Physics" (10th edition, Wiley), Chapters 21-32)

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