The PDT is designed to test the knowledge of physics that you retained from your last course. Therefore, studying should not be necessary. If you insist, however:

For those wishing to enter PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1125:

The PDT is designed to see that you have a working knowledge of the topics covered in BC secondary school physics 12 or Langara PHYS 1118.

Topics: One and two-dimensional kinematics, Newton's laws, gravity and circular motion, momentum, work and energy, static equilibrium, electric charges, forces and fields, electric potential, electric currents, magnetism and induction, reflection of light, refraction of light and lenses.

Review books:

  • The Key Study Guide: Physics 12. Covers the BC grade 12 physics curriculum.
    Library Reserves, 1st floor, call number QC 32 K49 2003 or 2011.
  • College Physics 7th ed, J.D. Wilson and A.J. Buffa, (Pearson, 2010).
    Library 3d floor, call number QC 21.3 W548 2007 or 2010.  
  • Other introductory college physics books based on algebra (not calculus) in the call number range QD 21-32, Library 3d floor.

The test is multiple choice. You will be provided with a formula sheet.

To help you study/review for the PDT you can download some old BC Physics 12 exams from this link: https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/specs/resource_exams/physics.htm.

For those wishing to enter PHYS 1118:

The PDT is designed to see that you have a working knowledge of the topics covered in BC secondary school Physics 11 or Langara PHYS 1114.

Topics: Kinematics, vectors, Newton's laws, work and energy, temperature and heat, momentum and collisions, fluids, periodic motion, waves and sound, electricity, electromagnetic waves and reflection of light, refraction of light and lenses.

Review books:

  • The Key Study Guide: Physics 11. Covers the BC grade 11 physics curriculum
    Library Reserves, 1st floor, call number QC 32 K48 2006 or 2011.
  • Other introductory college physics books based on algebra (not calculus) in the call number range QD 21-32, Library 3d floor.

The test is multiple choice. You will be provided with a formula sheet.