University of Calgary

PHYS 271 - How Things Work - Winter 2020

Physics behind many common devices will be discussed. Topics will be chosen from among the following: the use of simple and compound machines; waves, sound, acoustics; light and optics; household electric circuitry; magnetism.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-0)


  • Not intended for Physics majors, Natural Science Physics Concentrators, or Environmental Science Physics Concentrators. Will not count as part of the Field of Physics.


  • Credit for Physics 271 and any 200-level Physics course will not be allowed.


This course will be offered next in Winter 2022.
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