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Physics I: Lecture and Lab

PHYS 1010:

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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

Tuition and Fees

Cred­its: 4
Tuition: $1400
Reg­is­tra­tion: $25
Total: $1425

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. 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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