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Major Physics and Geophysics (69 credits)

Offered by: Physics     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

This joint program in Physics and Geophysics provides a firm basis for graduate work in geophysics and related fields as well as a sound preparation for those who wish to embark on a career directly after the B.Sc.

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

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  • 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)

  • EPSC 203 Structural Geology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Primary igneous and sedimentary structures, attitudes of planes and lines, stress and strain, fracturing of rocks, faulting, homogeneous strain, description and classification of folds, foliation and lineation, orthographic and stereographic projections.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Christen Danielle Rowe (Fall)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory
  • EPSC 210 Introductory Mineralogy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Crystal chemistry and identification of the principal rock-forming and ore minerals. Elementary crystallography. Optional 2-day field trip.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jeanne Paquette (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory
    • Corequisite: EPSC 201 or EPSC 233
  • EPSC 231 Field School 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Geological mapping of selected areas, preparation of maps, reports from field notes, aerial photographs, etc.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Andrew J Hynes (Winter) Donald M Francis (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: EPSC 203, EPSC 212, or equivalent
    • This course, given in Sutton, has an additional fee of $531.44 to cover the costs of transportation, meals and accommodation as well as other field expenses. The fee is refundable during the period where a student can drop the course with full refund. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences subsidizes a portion of the cost for this activity.
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Nathan Grieve, Payman L Kassaei (Fall) Dmitry Jakobson (Winter) Sidney Trudeau (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 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: William Cavendish (Fall) William Cavendish (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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Ivo Klemes (Fall) Sidney Trudeau (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: MATH 133, MATH 222
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 248
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Tamar Pereg-Barnea (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 2014

    Instructors: Hong Guo (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 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 (18 credits)

  • EPSC 320 Elementary Earth Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Physical properties of Earth and the processes associated with its existence as inferred from astronomy, geodesy, seismology, geology, terrestrial magnetism and thermal evolution.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Yajing Liu (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: MATH 222
  • EPSC 350 Tectonics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Rheology of the Earth, mechanics of the crust and mantle and core, convection in the mantle, evolution and kinematics and deformations of the oceanic and continental plates, thermal evolution of the Earth, the unifying theory of plate tectonics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Christen Danielle Rowe (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: EPSC 320, Calculus 3 or equivalent
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Charles Roth (Fall) Gantumur Tsogtgerel (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 222.
    • Corequisite: MATH 133.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 325.
  • MATH 319 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : First order equations, geometric theory; second order equations, classification; Laplace, wave and heat equations, Sturm-Liouville theory, Fourier series, boundary and initial value problems.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Peter Bartello (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: MATH 223 or MATH 236, MATH 314, MATH 315
  • PHYS 339 Measurements Laboratory in General Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Introduction to modern techniques of measurement. The use of computers in performing and analysing experiments. Data reduction, statistical methods, report writing. Extensive use of computers is made in this laboratory; therefore some familiarity with computers and computing is an advantage.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David Cooke (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 6 hours
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 241 or permission of instructor
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Shaun MacDonald Lovejoy (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

U2 or U3 Required Courses (6 credits)

  • EPSC 330 Earthquakes and Earth Structure (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : Seismic wave theory; body waves, surface waves and free oscillations; seismicity and earthquakes; seismology and Earth's internal structure.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Olivia Jensen (Winter)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures, tutorial as required
    • Prerequisites: MATH 314, EPSC 320.
    • Corequisites: MATH 319
  • EPSC 510 Geodynamics and Geomagnetism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Earth & Planetary Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Earth & Planetary Sciences : The gravity field of the Earth and planets, body and orbital dynamics of the Earth, moon and planets, tidal interactions of the Earth-moon-sun system, deformation of the Earth under static and dynamic loads, the magnetic field of the Earth and planets: the magnetosphere, the external radiation belts, magnetohydrodynamic models of the core dynamo, geochemical convection in the core, fluid dynamic motions of the outer core, dynamics of the inner core.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Olivia Jensen (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: EPSC 320, MATH 319, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
    • Corequisite: EPSC 350

U3 Required Courses (15 credits)

  • PHYS 331 Topics in Classical Mechanics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Forced and damped oscillators, Newtonian mechanics in three dimensions, rotational motion, Lagrangian mechanics, small vibrations, normal modes. Introduction to Hamiltonian mechanics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Gilbert Holder (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 230
    • Corequisite: MATH 315
    • Restriction: Not open to students having passed PHYS 451 or PHYS 351
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Sabrina Leslie (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 232
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 362
  • PHYS 342 Majors Electromagnetic Waves (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : Maxwell's equations. The wave equation. The electromagnetic wave, reflection, refraction, polarization. Guided waves. Transmission lines and wave guides. Vector potential. Radiation. The elemental dipole; the half-wave dipole; vertical dipole; folded dipoles; Yagi antennas. Accelerating charged particles.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Michael Hilke (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 340 or PHYS 242, Mathematics MATH 314, MATH 315
  • PHYS 432 Physics of Fluids (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : The physical properties of fluids. The kinematics and dynamics of flow. The effects of viscosity and turbulence. Applications of fluid mechanics in biophysics, geophysics and engineering.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: James M Cline (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 230, MATH 223, MATH 314, MATH 315
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 332.
  • 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 2013

    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
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