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Online Physics I for Health Professions

PHYS 1010:Online Physics I Lecture and Lab

2015/16 Academic Calendar | 2015/16 Academic Catalog | Technical Requirements

This online Physics I Lecture and Lab course is a four-credit-hour, Algebra-based course delivered at a distance and includes a hands-on Physics Laboratory. It is designed for individuals who need a semester of Physics I as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions programs.

Graduate programs that may require PHYS 1010: Physics I may include but are not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant

The overall goal of this online Physics I class is to provide the student interested in the health professions with an introduction to physics that emphasizes the concepts that are the foundation of sciences, which the students may encounter in their professional studies.

A hands-on modeling approach

Physics I emphasizes a modeling approach to the principles of physics. Modeling instruction emphasizes hands-on observations, data collection and analysis so students may construct mental physical models describing the world around them. Students will then practice their understanding through extensive written and online homework problems supported by video lectures and extensive readings. The accompanying text provides applications of mechanics to a variety of biomedically-rich examples reinforced by online homework activities.

PHYS 1010 course outline

Students will test their understanding through online quizzes before taking exams. UNE’s online Physics I class, PHYS 1010, provides an in-depth examination of basic mechanics including the study of motion (kinematics), interactions and forces (dynamics), energy, impulsive forces (collisions), circular motion, and fluids. Click here to see the full physics for the health professions course outline.


The laboratories that accompany Online Physics I for the Health Professions contain the same learning objectives as any Physics I Lab, accomplished on any college campus, except that students work at home. 

The Online Physics I Lab provides a “hands-on” guided inquiry experience that focuses on fundamental concepts essential for proficiency in physics of the life sciences. Students make predictions based on observed relationships, obtain data to test their predictions, and develop a variety of generalized models representing their conclusions. The representative models are then applied extensively to situations based on similar physical principles to help develop proficiency.

An emphasis is placed on understanding the concept behind each Online Physics I Lab and use of the scientific method required by today’s healthcare professionals who are expected to have a general understanding of how science and the scientific method contribute to their profession.

Homework exercises are designed to provide students with practice to solve physics problems. Online exercises are designed to integrate physics concepts with common health science applications. Like the online quizzes, the problems provide quick formative assessment of student understanding.

Developed for your success

The laboratories have the same learning objectives as UNE’s on-campus introductory college level physics courses for pre-health science majors. The labs have been developed specifically to meet the requirements for successful entry into the health profession, in particular to pass the physical science portion of entry exams such as the MCAT.

How does the laboratory work?

Students receive a state-of-the-art handheld device that contains a variety of instruments to perform experiments and collect data. Following the course instructor’s introduction for the laboratory, the student sets up the appropriate lab experiment and undertakes the experiment. The student will develop mental models from the hands-on activities.

The student starts by making a prediction and obtains experimental data relevant to that prediction by making measurements in real time. The student analyzes the data obtained, draws conclusions and makes applications. A quiz concludes each unit.

How are laboratories graded?

Students will participate in graded discussion boards, complete the online homework and take quizzes. The is a midterm exam and a final exam. 

What happens if a student has a problem with an experiment?

Discussion boards can be used for communicating and troubleshooting with classmates and online videos are also available for reference.  Additionally, students can contact their instructor for assistance.

A list of laboratory experiments

  • Constant velocity particle
  • Constant acceleration particle
  • Free particle
  • Constant force particle 
  • Constant force and Restoring force particles
  • Impulsive force particle
  • Center seeking force

Complete at your own pace

Working at the pace typical for a four semester hour course, the average student will complete this online Physics I class in approximately 16 weeks. Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in fewer than 16 weeks.


Students will need a minimum of one semester of college-level Algebra and background knowledge in Trigonometry.

Technical Requirements

To learn more about the technical requirements for this and other Post-Baccalaureate courses, click here.

Required course materials


College Physics
OpenStax College
Rice University
ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-02-4

Available free online:

Optional text:
Student Solution Manual – OpenStax Physics Students Solution Manual

Lab Material

IOLab: The Pocket Physics Lab
ISBN: 9781464101465
Available through our bookstore at

All of the online simulators used in the course are available for free from:
PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder

Other household objects as specified in the weekly lab instructions, including:

  • 5 Large Washers (3/4″ or 1/2″ diameter)
  • String (contractor/masonry twine, packaging twine, 550 paracord, or similar small-diameter string or rope)
  • 5 round objects of differing diameters
  • 12″ ruler or sewing tape measure
  • 2 books 
  • A table or board to use as an inclined plane
  • Deck of playing cards or object of similar dimensions
  • Large glass for water (>16 oz.)

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1320
Registration: $25
Total: $1345

The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning's ProctorU site.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. Please keep in mind that courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Payment is due in full at the time of registration.  Your official start date is the date that the course opens, and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.  

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details. 

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call an Enrollment Counselor at 1-855-325-0894, email, or view the online FlexReg course registration tutorial

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