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Major Concentration Physics (36 credits)

Offered by: Physics     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Major Concentration Physics, which is restricted to students in the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc./B.Ed., is a planned sequence of courses designed to permit a degree of specialization in this discipline. This program is insufficient to prepare a student for professional or graduate work in physics; students interested in pursuing a career in physics are advised to take the appropriate B.Sc. program in physics.

Required Courses* (30 credits)

* Required courses taken at CEGEP or elsewhere that are not credited toward the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc./B.Ed. must be replaced by courses from the Complementary Course List.

  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Taylor series, Taylor's theorem in one and several variables. Review of vector geometry. Partial differentiation, directional derivative. Extreme of functions of 2 or 3 variables. Parametric curves and arc length. Polar and spherical coordinates. Multiple integrals.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Wilbur Jonsson, Mathew Donald Rogers (Fall) Wilbur Jonsson (Winter) Eric Cormier (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 141. Familiarity with vector geometry or Corequisite: MATH 133
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP course 201-303 or MATH 150, MATH 151 or MATH 227
  • MATH 223 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of matrix algebra, determinants and systems of linear equations. Vector spaces, linear operators and their matrix representations, orthogonality. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of Hermitian matrices. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Layan El Hajj, Wilbur Jonsson (Fall) Wilbur Jonsson (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: MATH 133 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students in Mathematics programs nor to students who have taken or are taking MATH 236, MATH 247 or MATH 251. It is open to students in Faculty Programs
  • MATH 314 Advanced Calculus (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Derivative as a matrix. Chain rule. Implicit functions. Constrained maxima and minima. Jacobians. Multiple integration. Line and surface integrals. Theorems of Green, Stokes and Gauss. Fourier series with applications.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Jian-Jun Xu (Fall) Wilbur Jonsson (Winter) Charles Roth (Summer)

    • Prerequisites: MATH 133, MATH 222
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 248
  • MATH 315 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : First order ordinary differential equations including elementary numerical methods. Linear differential equations. Laplace transforms. Series solutions.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Jian-Jun Xu (Fall) Alexey Eremin (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 222.
    • Corequisite: MATH 133.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 325.
  • PHYS 230 Dynamics of Simple Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Translational motion under Newton's laws; forces, momentum, work/energy theorem. Special relativity; Lorentz transforms, relativistic mechanics, mass/energy equivalence. Topics in rotational dynamics. Noninertial frames.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Hong Guo (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP Physics or PHYS 131.
    • Corequisite: MATH 222
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 251
  • PHYS 232 Heat and Waves (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The laws of thermodynamics and their consequences. Thermodynamics of P-V-T systems and simple heat engines. Free, driven, and damped harmonic oscillators. Coupled systems and normal modes. Fourier methods. Wave motion and dispersion. The wave equation.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Dominic Ryan (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: CEGEP Physics or PHYS 142, and CEGEP chemistry or CHEM 120, and PHYS 230.
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 253
  • PHYS 257 Experimental Methods 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Introductory laboratory work and data analysis as related to mechanics, optics and thermodynamics. Introduction to computers as they are employed for laboratory work, for data analysis and for numerical computation. Previous experience with computers is an asset, but is not required.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andreas Warburton, Edith M Engelberg (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 6 hours of laboratory and classroom work
    • Corequisite: PHYS 230 or PHYS 251
  • PHYS 333 Thermal and Statistical Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Introductory equilibrium statistical mechanics. Quantum states, probabilities, ensemble averages. Entropy, temperature, Boltzmann factor, chemical potential. Photons and phonons. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions; applications.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paul Francois (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 232
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 362
  • PHYS 340 Majors Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The electrostatic field and scalar potential. Dielectric properties of matter. Energy in the electrostatic field. Methods for solving problems in electrostatics. The magnetic field. Induction and inductance. Energy in the magnetic field. Magnetic properties of matter. Maxwell's equations. The dipole approximation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Keshav Dasgupta (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: CEGEP physics or PHYS 142, MATH 222
    • Corequisite: MATH 314
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed PHYS 242 or PHYS 350
  • PHYS 446 Majors Quantum Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : de Broglie waves, Bohr atom. Schroedinger equation, wave functions, observables. One dimensional potentials. Schroedinger equation in three dimensions. Angular momentum, hydrogen atom. Spin, experimental consequences.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Walter Reisner (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 230 and PHYS 232, or PHYS 251
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 357 or PHYS 457

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits selected from:

  • PHYS 214 Introductory Astrophysics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : An introduction to astrophysics with emphasis placed on methods of observation and current models. Stellar radiation and detectors, quasars, black holes. Galaxies, large scale structure of the universe, cosmology.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Victoria Kaspi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP Physics or PHYS 102 or PHYS 142.
  • PHYS 224 Physics of Music (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : An introduction to the physics of music. Properties of sound and their perception as pitch, loudness, and timbre. Dissonance, consonance, and musical intervals and tuning. Physics of sound propagation and reflection. Resonance. Acoustic properties of pipes, strings, bars, and membranes, and sound production in wind, string, and percussion instruments. The human voice. Room reverberation and acoustics. Directional characteristics of sound sources.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: David Hanna (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Designed for students in the Faculty of Music but suitable for students with an interest in music and its physical basis.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 225
  • PHYS 241 Signal Processing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Linear circuit elements, resonance, network theorems, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, feedback, integrated circuits.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Mark Sutton (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lectures; 3 hours laboratory alternate weeks
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP physics or PHYS 142.
  • PHYS 258 Experimental Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Advanced laboratory work and data analysis as related to mechanics, optics and thermodynamics. Computers will be employed routinely for data analysis and for numerical computation, and, particularly, to facilitate the use of Fourier methods.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Andreas Warburton, Edith M Engelberg (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 6 hours of laboratory and classroom work
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 257
  • PHYS 334 Advanced Materials (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The physicochemical properties of advanced materials. Topics discussed include photonics, information storage, 'smart' materials, biomaterials, clean energy materials, porous materials, and polymers.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110, CHEM 120 or CHEM 111, CHEM 121 and PHYS 101, PHYS 102 or PHYS 131, PHYS 142, or CEGEP Physics and Chemistry, or equivalent. Pre- or Co-requisite: one of CHEM 203, CHEM 204, CHEM 213, CHEM 214 or equivalent; or one of PHYS 230 and PHYS 232, or equivalent; or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 334
  • PHYS 534 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Topics include scanning probe microscopy, chemical self-assembly, computer modelling, and microfabrication/micromachining.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Peter H Grutter (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: U3 or graduate students in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering, or permission of the instructor.

or any 300- or 400-level course approved by an adviser.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2012-2013 (last updated Feb. 14, 2013) (disclaimer)