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PHYSIC-101 - Introduction to Physics - David Michaels


Course: Introduction to Physics
Professor: David Michaels
Format: Online
Textbook: OER (Open Educational Resources)

Albert EinsteinCourse Description 

This course is an introduction to the major concepts in physics, filled with relevant information of our scientific and technological age that every voting member of our society should know. We will cover both classical and modern physics; including physical principles concerning motion, gravity, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, the atom, the nucleus, relativity, and quantum mechanics.

Course Information

This course is taught entirely online; including all weekly assignment, quizzes, and exams. You will be using the course webpages on Canvas every week.

This course is UC/CSU Transferable and meets the AA/AS Degree

Student Learning Outcome

Solve problems involving motion, optics, heat, electromagnetism and matter.

Textbook Information 

We will be using OER (Open Educational Resources).

Additional recommended texts

Conceptual Physics Fundamentals, Hewitt, P. G.

Physics and Technology for Future Presidents by Muller, R., A.


Looking forward to seeing you online!

-Professor Michaels



Additional Resources


The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE tutoring resource to COC students including:

  • Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
  • Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
  • Study Jam Review Sessions
  • Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC.  A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accommodation Center website. 

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress – it could save someone’s life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text “Courage” to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7, and confidential.