Physics (Minor, Faculty of Engineering)
Physics is in many ways the parent of the other natural sciences and its discoveries and laws continually affect their development. The subfields of physics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, atomic physics, and quantum mechanics, to mention but a few, permeate all other scientific disciplines.
The Minor in Physics for Engineering students may be taken in addition to the courses required for the B.Eng. degree. Minor programs normally consist of 1824 credits, allowing 912 credits of overlap with the degree program. The real credit cost to the student is typically 9 to 15 credits, representing one term beyond the B.Eng. degree program.
DETAILED PROGRAM OUTLINE:
Program Requirement:
This Minor is restricted to students in Honours Engineering programs (Honours Electrical Engineering and Honours Mechanical Engineering). Students take 9 credits of required courses in thermal physics and honours quantum physics and choose three other Physics courses (subject code PHYS).
Minor Adviser: Head Adviser, Department of Physics, undergraduate.advisor@physics.mcgill.ca. For names and other contact information, see http://www.physics.mcgill.ca.ugrads/advsched.html.
Required Courses
9 credits

PHYS 253 Thermal Physics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Energy, work, heat; first law. Temperature, entropy; second law. Absolute zero; third law. Equilibrium, equations of state, gases, liquids, solids, magnets; phase transitions.
Offered by: Physics
 Fall
 3 hours lectures
 Prerequisites: CEGEP physics or PHYS 131, and CEGEP chemistry or CHEM 120.
 Corequisite: MATH 222
 Restriction: Not open to students taking or having taken PHYS 232.
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 Simon P CaronHuot

PHYS 357 Honours Quantum Physics 1 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Experimental basis for quantum mechanics; wavepackets; uncertainty principle. Hilbert space formalism. Schrodinger equation: eigenvalues and eigenvectors: applications to 1d problems including the infinite and finite potential wells and the harmonic oscillator. Tunneling. Time independent perturbation theory.
Offered by: Physics
 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 346
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 Tamar PeregBarnea

PHYS 457 Honours Quantum Physics 2 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the: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.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Prerequisite: PHYS 357
 Restriction: Honours students or permission of instructor
 Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 346
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Kartiek Agarwal
Complementary Courses (9 credits)
9 credits from the following:

PHYS 351 Honours Classical Mechanics 2 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the: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.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Prerequisite: PHYS 251.
 Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 451.
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Keshav Dasgupta

PHYS 362 Statistical Mechanics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Quantum states and ensemble averages. FermiDirac, BoseEinstein and Boltzmann distribution functions and their applications.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Prerequisites: MATH 248 or equivalents, PHYS 253.
 Restriction: Honours students, or permission of the instructor
 Restriction: Not open to students taking or having passed PHYS 333
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Martin Grant

PHYS 432 Physics of Fluids 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the: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.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Prerequisites: PHYS 230, MATH 223, MATH 314, MATH 315
 Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 332.
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Eve J Lee

PHYS 514 General Relativity 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Transition from special to general relativity. NonEuclidian geometry. The basic laws of Physics in covariant form, Einstein's equations. Gravitational waves; neutron stars; black holes; cosmology.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students and graduate students, or permission of the instructor.
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Alexander Maloney

PHYS 551 Quantum Theory 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: General formulation, scattering theory, WKBJ approximation, timedependent perturbation, theory and applications, angular momentum, relativistic wave equations.
Offered by: Physics
 Fall
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students and graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 Andrew Cumming

PHYS 557 Nuclear Physics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: General nuclear properties, nucleonnucleon interaction and scattering theory, radioactivity, nuclear models, nuclear reactions.
Offered by: Physics
 Fall
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 Sang Yong Jeon

PHYS 558 Solid State Physics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Properties of crystals; free electron model, band structure; metals, insulators and semiconductors; phonons; magnetism; selected additional topics in solidstate (e.g. ferroelectrics, elementary transport theory).
Offered by: Physics
 Fall
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 Lilian Childress

PHYS 559 Advanced Statistical Mechanics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Scattering and structure factors. Review of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; correlation functions (static); mean field theory; critical phenomena; broken symmetry; fluctuations, roughening.
Offered by: Physics
 Fall
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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 Fall 2020
 Instructors
 William Coish

PHYS 562 Electromagnetic Theory 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, timevarying fields, relativity, radiating systems, fields of moving charges.
Offered by: Physics
 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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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 Michael Hilke

PHYS 567 Particle Physics 3 Credits
 Fall
 Winter
 Summer
Offered in the:Physics: Survey of elementary particles; hadrons, leptons and hadrons' constituents (quarks). Invariance principles and conservation laws. Detectors and accelerators. Phenomenology of strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.
Offered by: Physics
 Winter
 3 hours lectures
 Restriction: U3 Honours students, graduate students, or permission of the instructor
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 Winter 2021
 Instructors
 James M Cline