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Honours Physics and Chemistry (80 credits)

Offered by: Physics     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

This is a specialized and demanding program intended primarily, although not exclusively, for students with a theoretical bias who are interested in working in fields of study at the crossroads of physical chemistry and physics. The program will prepare students for either theoretical or experimental graduate work in departments where there is an emphasis on such cross-disciplinary areas as condensed matter physics, chemical physics, or material science.

A student whose average in the required and complementary courses in any year falls below a GPA of 3.00, or whose grade in any individual required or complementary course falls below a C (unless the student improves the grade to a C or above by taking a supplemental exam or retaking the course), may not register in this Honours program the following year, or graduate with the Honours degree, except with permission of both departments.

The student will have two advisers, one from Chemistry and the other from Physics.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering Physics programs from the Freshman program must have successfully completed the courses below or their equivalents. Quebec students must have completed the DEC with appropriate science and mathematics courses.

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A study of the fundamental principles of atomic structure, radiation and nuclear chemistry, valence theory, coordination chemistry, and the periodic table.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jean-Marc Gauthier, Ashok K Kakkar, Ian Sydney Butler, Ariel Fenster (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites/corequisites: College level mathematics and physics or permission of instructor; CHEM 120 is not a prerequisite
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
  • CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A study of the fundamental principles of physical chemistry.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Ian Sydney Butler, Bradley Siwick (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites/corequisites: College level mathematics and physics, or permission of instructor: CHEM 110 is not a prerequisite
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
  • PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves (4 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The basic laws and principles of Newtonian mechanics; oscillations and waves.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth J Ragan (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures; 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours laboratory in alternate weeks; tutorial sessions
    • Corequisite: MATH 139 or higher level calculus course.
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 101, CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalent
    • Laboratory sections have limited enrolment
  • PHYS 142 Electromagnetism and Optics (4 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The basic laws of electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Guy Moore (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory in alternate weeks; tutorial sessions
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 131.
    • Corequisite: MATH 141 or higher level calculus course.
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 102, CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalent
    • Laboratory sections have limited enrolment

One of:

  • BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the phylogeny, structure, function and adaptation of unicellular organisms, plants and animals in the biosphere.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Rudiger Krahe, Rajinder S Dhindsa, Andrew Hendry (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UK or equivalent; or BIOL 115.
    • This course serves as an alternative to CEGEP objective code 00UK
    • May require departmental approval.
    • Open to all students wishing introductory biology.
    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.
    • This class will use a Student Response System (clicker) which can be obtained from the Bookstore.
  • BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The cell: ultrastructure, division, chemical constituents and reactions. Bioenergetics: photosynthesis and respiration. Principles of genetics, the molecular basis of inheritance and biotechnology.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Joseph Alan Dent, Frieder Schöck (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture and 3.5 hours laboratory/seminar
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CEGEP objective 00XU or equivalent; or BIOL 115; or AEBI 122
    • Attendance at first lab is mandatory to confirm registration in the course.

MATH 133 and either MATH 140/141 or MATH 150/151.

  • MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Systems of linear equations, matrices, inverses, determinants; geometric vectors in three dimensions, dot product, cross product, lines and planes; introduction to vector spaces, linear dependence and independence, bases; quadratic loci in two and three dimensions.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Miljan Brakocevic, Djivede Kelome, Michael Bailey, William J Anderson (Fall) Jessica Banks, Sidney Trudeau (Winter)

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour tutorial
    • Prerequisite: a course in functions
    • Restriction A: Not open to students who have taken MATH 221 or CEGEP objective 00UQ or equivalent.
    • Restriction B: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 123, MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
    • Restriction C: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 134.
  • MATH 140 Calculus 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivative. Differentiation of elementary functions. Antidifferentiation. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Axel W Hundemer, Daniel Disegni (Fall) Stephen W Drury (Winter)

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour tutorial
    • Prerequisite: High School Calculus
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MATH 120, MATH 139 or CEGEP objective 00UN or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122 or MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Each Tutorial section is enrolment limited
  • MATH 141 Calculus 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : The definite integral. Techniques of integration. Applications. Introduction to sequences and series.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Ihsan Topaloglu (Fall) Axel W Hundemer, Ronan Conlon, Michael Brandenbursky (Winter) Michael Brandenbursky (Summer)

    • Prerequisites: MATH 139 or MATH 140 or MATH 150.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MATH 121 or CEGEP objective 00UP or equivalent
    • Restriction Note B: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122 or MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
    • Each Tutorial section is enrolment limited
  • MATH 150 Calculus A (4 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, L'Hospital's rule, applications, Taylor polynomials, parametric curves, functions of several variables.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Charles Roth (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 2 hours tutorial
    • Students with no prior exposure to vector geometry are advised to take MATH 133 concurrently. Intended for students with high school calculus who have not received six advanced placement credits
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UN or equivalent
    • Restriction Note B: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122 or MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • MATH 150 and MATH 151 cover the material of MATH 139, MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 222
  • MATH 151 Calculus B (4 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Integration, methods and applications, infinite sequences and series, power series, arc length and curvature, multiple integration.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Charles Roth (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture; 2 hours tutorial
    • Each Tutorial section is enrolment limited
    • Prerequisite: MATH 150
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP objective 00UP or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 122 or MATH 130 or MATH 131, except by permission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MATH 152

U1 Required Courses (30 credits)

  • CHEM 223 Introductory Physical Chemistry 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Kinetics 1: Gas laws, kinetic theory of collisions. Thermodynamics: Zeroth law of thermodynamics. First law of thermodynamics, heat capacity, enthalpy, thermochemistry, bond energies. Second law of thermodynamics; the entropy and free energy functions. Third law of thermodynamics, absolute entropies, free energies, Maxwell relations and chemical and thermodynamic equilibrium states.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: David M Ronis (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110, CHEM 120 or equivalent, PHYS 142, or permission of instructor.
    • Corequisite: MATH 222 or equivalent.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 203 or CHEM 204.
    • Note: Chemistry Honours and Majors must take CHEM 223 and CHEM 253 simultaneously.
  • CHEM 243 Introductory Physical Chemistry 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Heterogeneous equilibrium: phase rule and phase diagrams. Ideal solutions, colligative properties, solubility. Electrochemistry, Debye-Hückel Theory. Kinetics 2: Transition State Theory, complex reactions, free-radical reactions, chain reactions, catalysis, reactions at surfaces, ionic effects of reactions in solution, photochemistry.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Gonzalo Cosa (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 223 and CHEM 253.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 203 or CHEM 204. Permission of instructor.
    • Note: Chemistry Honours and Majors must take CHEM 243 and CHEM 263 simultaneously.
  • CHEM 253 Introductory Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory (1 credit)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Illustrative experiments in physical chemistry. Laboratory section of CHEM 223.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Amy Blum, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 110, CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Corequisite: CHEM 223 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
  • CHEM 263 Introductory Physical Chemistry 2 Laboratory (1 credit)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Illustrative experiments in physical chemistry. Laboratory section of CHEM 243.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Amy Blum, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 223 and CHEM 253.
    • Corequisite: CHEM 243 or equivalent.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 203 or CHEM 204. Permission of instructor.
    • Note: Chemistry Honours and Majors must take CHEM 243 and CHEM 263 simultaneously.
  • MATH 247 Honours Applied Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Matrix algebra, determinants, systems of linear equations. Abstract vector spaces, inner product spaces, Fourier series. Linear transformations and their matrix representations. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalizable and defective matrices, positive definite and semidefinite matrices. Quadratic and Hermitian forms, generalized eigenvalue problems, simultaneous reduction of quadratic forms. Applications.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Axel W Hundemer (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: MATH 133 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Intended for Honours Physics and Engineering students
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 236, MATH 223 or MATH 251
  • MATH 248 Honours Advanced Calculus (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Partial derivatives; implicit functions; Jacobians; maxima and minima; Lagrange multipliers. Scalar and vector fields; orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. Multiple integrals; arc length, volume and surface area. Line integrals; Green's theorem; the divergence theorem. Stokes' theorem; irrotational and solenoidal fields; applications.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Pengfei Guan (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter and Summer
    • Prerequisites: MATH 133 and MATH 222 or consent of Department.
    • Restriction: Intended for Honours Mathematics, Physics and Engineering students
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 314
  • MATH 249 Honours Complex Variables (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Functions of a complex variable; Cauchy-Riemann equations; Cauchy's theorem and consequences. Taylor and Laurent expansions. Residue calculus; evaluation of real integrals; integral representation of special functions; the complex inversion integral. Conformal mapping; Schwarz-Christoffel transformation; Poisson's integral formulas; applications.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Johannes Walcher (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: MATH 248.
    • Restriction: Intended for Honours Physics and Engineering students
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 316
  • MATH 325 Honours Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : First and second order equations, linear equations, series solutions, Frobenius method, introduction to numerical methods and to linear systems, Laplace transforms, applications.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

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

    • Fall and Winter
    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: MATH 222.
    • Restriction: Intended for Honours Mathematics, Physics and Engineering programs.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MATH 263 (formerly MATH 261), MATH 315
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Matthew Adam Dobbs (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lectures; 3 hours laboratory alternate weeks
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP physics or PHYS 142.
  • PHYS 251 Honours Classical Mechanics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Newton's laws, work energy, angular momentum. Harmonic oscillator, forced oscillations. Inertial forces, rotating frames. Central forces, centre of mass, planetary orbits, Kepler's laws.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Robert Brandenberger (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: CEGEP physics or PHYS 131.
    • Corequisite: MATH 222
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 230.
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Andreas Warburton, Edith M Engelberg (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 6 hours of laboratory and classroom work
    • Corequisite: PHYS 230 or PHYS 251
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Andreas Warburton, Edith M Engelberg (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 6 hours of laboratory and classroom work
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 257

U2 Required Courses (24 credits)

  • CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey of reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including modern concepts of bonding, mechanisms, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Youla S Tsantrizos, Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot (Fall) Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Jean-Philip Lumb, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Winter) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot (Summer)

    • Fall, Winter, Summer
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or equivalent.
    • Corequisite: CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken CHEM 211 or equivalent
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
    • Note: Some CEGEP programs provide equivalency for this course. For more information, please see the Department of Chemistry's Web page (http://www.chemistry.mcgill.ca/advising/outside/equivalent.htm).
  • CHEM 281 Inorganic Chemistry 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Basic concepts of electronic structure and molecular bonding will be developed and applied to the understanding of common materials. Acid-base chemistry. Survey of the chemistry of the main group elements. Introduction to coordination and organometallic chemistry.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Audrey Moores-François (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: For Honours and Major Chemistry students
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or plan to take CHEM 201
  • CHEM 355 Molecular Properties and Structure 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey of the principles of electronic, vibrational and rotational spectroscopy. Magnetic resonance methods.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Linda G Reven (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 345, PHYS 242, or permission of instructor
  • CHEM 365 Statistical Thermodynamics (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Molecular basis of thermodynamics with applications to ideal gases and simple solids. Topics to be covered will include: calculation of thermodynamic functions, chemical equilibrium constants, Einstein and Debye models of solids, absolute reaction rate theory, Debye-Hückel theory of strong electrolytes.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Paul Wiseman (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 345
  • COMP 208 Computers in Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to computer systems. Concepts and structures for high level programming. Elements of structured programming using FORTRAN 90 and C. Numerical algorithms such as root finding, numerical integration and differential equations. Non-numerical algorithms for sorting and searching.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Nathan Friedman, Wenbo He (Fall) Nathan Friedman (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: differential and integral calculus.
    • Corequisite: linear algebra: determinants, vectors, matrix operations.
    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computations. Credits for either of these courses will not count towards the 60-credit Major in Computer Science. COMP 208 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250.
  • PHYS 350 Honours Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Fundamental laws of electric and magnetic fields in both integral and differential form.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Shaun MacDonald Lovejoy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: MATH 248, MATH 325.
    • Restriction: Honours students or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students having taken PHYS 340
  • PHYS 357 Honours Quantum Physics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Experimental basis for quantum mechanics; wave-packets; uncertainty principle. Hilbert space formalism. Schrodinger equation: eigenvalues and eigenvectors: applications to 1-d problems including the infinite and finite potential wells and the harmonic oscillator. Tunneling. Time independent perturbation theory.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Hong Guo (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: MATH 223 or equivalent, and one of PHYS 230, PHYS 251, or CIVE 281
    • Restriction: Honours students or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 446
  • PHYS 457 Honours Quantum Physics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Angular momentum and spin operators. Operator methods in quantum mechanics. Coupling of spin and angular momenta. Variational principles and elements of time dependent perturbation theory (the Golden Rule). Solution of the Schrodinger equation in three dimensions. Applications to the hydrogen and helium atoms and to simple problems in atomic and molecular physics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Tamar Pereg-Barnea (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 357
    • Restriction: Honours students or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 446

U3 Required Courses (14 credits)

  • CHEM 393 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Selected experiments to illustrate physico-chemical principles more advanced than those of CHEM 363, CHEM 253 and CHEM 263.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jean-Marc Gauthier, William Claude Galley, Samuel Lewis Sewall (Fall) Jean-Marc Gauthier, William Claude Galley, Samuel Lewis Sewall (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 253 and CHEM 263 or CHEM 363 or permission of instructor.
    • Each lab section has limited enrolment.
    • It is strongly recommended that students take CHEM 345 prior to CHEM 393.
  • CHEM 556 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Quantum mechanical treatment of species of chemical interest. Introduction to perturbation theory, both time-dependent and time-independent. Treatment of the variational principle. Introduction to atomic spectra. Chemical bonding in terms of both the valence bond and molecular orbital theory. Elementary collision theory. Interaction of radiation with molecules.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Patanjali Kambhampati (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 345 and PHYS 242
  • CHEM 574 Introductory Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey course on the structure of polymers, kinetics and mechanisms of polymer and copolymer synthesis; characterization and molecular weight distributions; polymer microstructure, the thermodynamics of polymer solutions; the crystalline and amorphous states, rubber elasticity and structure-property relationships.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Christopher Barrett (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites: CHEM 223 and CHEM 243 or CHEM 213 and CHEM 273, or CHEM 233 (for engineering students only), or permission of the instructor.
    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken CHEM 455 or CHEM 674.
  • PHYS 352 Honours Electromagnetic Waves (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Vector and scalar potentials; plane waves in homogeneous media; refraction and reflection; guided waves; radiation from simple systems; dipole and quadrupole radiation; introduction to fields of moving charges; synchrotron radiation; Bremsstrahlung.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Andrew Cumming (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 350.
    • Restriction: Honours students, or permission of the instructor
  • PHYS 558 Solid State Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Properties of crystals; free electron model, band structure; metals, insulators and semi-conductors; phonons; magnetism; selected additional topics in solid-state (e.g. ferroelectrics, elementary transport theory).

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Aashish Clerk (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor

U3 Complementary Courses (12 credits)

(with at least 3 credits in Chemistry and 3 credits in Physics)

3 credits selected from:

  • CHEM 593 Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Intermediate topics in statistical mechanics, including: modern and classical theories of real gases and liquids, critical phenomena and the renormalization group, time-dependent phenomena, linear response and fluctuations, inelastic scattering, Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics methods.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David M Ronis (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Term paper
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 345. Recommended: CHEM 365
  • PHYS 559 Advanced Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Scattering and structure factors. Review of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; correlation functions (static); mean field theory; critical phenomena; broken symmetry; fluctuations, roughening.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: William Coish (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor

9 credits selected from the list below:

  • CHEM 480D1 Research Project 2 (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A course designed to give Honours students research experience. The student will be assigned a project supervisor and a research project at the beginning of the session. The project will consist of a literature survey, experimental or theoretical work, a written research report and an oral examination.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Ian Sydney Butler (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Students must register for both CHEM 480D1 and CHEM 480D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both CHEM 480D1 and CHEM 480D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • CHEM 480D1 and CHEM 480D2 together are equivalent to CHEM 480
  • CHEM 480D2 Research Project 2 (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : See CHEM 480D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Ian Sydney Butler (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 480D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both CHEM 480D1 and CHEM 480D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • CHEM 480D1 and CHEM 480D2 together are equivalent to CHEM 480
  • CHEM 531 Chemistry of Inorganic Materials (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Structure, bonding, synthesis, properties and applications of covalent, ionic, metallic crystals, and amorphous solids. Defect structures and their use in synthesis of specialty materials such as electronic conductors, semiconductors, and superconductors, and solid electrolytes. Basic principles of composite materials and applications of chemistry to materials processing.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Mark P Andrews (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 381
  • CHEM 575 Chemical Kinetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Kinetic laws, measurement of reaction rates, transition state and collision theory, experimental techniques in reaction kinetics, reaction mechanisms, RRKM theory, Marcus theory of electron transfer, photochemistry and catalysis. Recent developments and their application to chemical and biological problems. Elementary reactions in gas, solution and solid phases and on surfaces.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gonzalo Cosa (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 273 and CHEM 223/CHEM 243 (formerly CHEM 213).
  • CHEM 585 Colloid Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Principles of the physical chemistry of phase boundaries. Electrical double layer theory; van der Waals forces; Brownian motion; kinetics of coagulation; electrokinetics; light scattering; solid/liquid interactions; adsorption; surfactants; hydrodynamic interactions; rheology of dispersions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Theodorus G Van de Ven (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 345, MATH 233 and MATH 315, PHYS 241 and PHYS 242. Students who haven't taken CHEM 223 and CHEM 243 must have taken CHEM 273 or permission of instructor.
  • MATH 375 Honours Partial Differential Equations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : First order partial differential equations, geometric theory, classification of second order linear equations, Sturm-Liouville problems, orthogonal functions and Fourier series, eigenfunction expansions, separation of variables for heat, wave and Laplace equations, Green's function methods, uniqueness theorems.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Adam Oberman (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: MATH 247 or MATH 251 or equivalent, MATH 248 or equivalent, MATH 325
  • PHYS 351 Honours Classical Mechanics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Rigid bodies, angular momentum, gyroscope, moment of inertia, principal axes, Euler's equations. Coupled oscillations and normal modes. Lagrangian mechanics and applications. Hamiltonian mechanics. Topics in advanced analytical mechanics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Guillaume Gervais (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 251.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 451.
  • PHYS 434 Optics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Geometrical optics, wave optics, lasers, Fourier transform spectroscopy, holography, optical data processing, stellar interferometry.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Lilian Childress (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 342 or PHYS 352, or permission of the instructor
  • PHYS 469 Honours Laboratory in Modern Physics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Advanced level experiments in modern physics stressing quantum effects and some properties of condensed matter. Continuation of PHYS 359.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Fritz Buchinger, Bradley Siwick (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 6 hours
    • Restriction: Honours students or permission of instructor
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 359
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking PHYS 459
  • PHYS 479 Honours Research Project (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Honours supervised research project.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Fritz Buchinger, Dominic Ryan (Winter) Fritz Buchinger (Summer)

    • 6 hours
    • Restriction: Honours students or permission of instructor. Only open to students who have completed the U2 year in a Physics program.
  • PHYS 562 Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, timevarying fields, relativity, radiating systems, fields of moving charges.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Sang Yong Jeon (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites (Graduate): U1 or U2 Honours Physics or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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