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Second Year Physics Courses
Second Year Physics Courses
"In science there is only Physics; all the rest is stamp
collecting"  Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear
physics (Nobel Laureate 1908)
Physics 2053:
Fluids & Thermal Physics

Offered in Winter Term 2015.
Topics will examine elasticity, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics,
kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.
 Prerequisites: Physics 1051 and Mathematics 1001.
Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Three hours per week.
(Lab manuals and other information are available from the Physics
SharePoint site. Use your Grenfell network ID and password to log in.)
 Instructor: Dr. P. Rouleau
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 6376294
EMail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca
Physics 2056:
Modern Physics
Offered in
Fall Term 2015.
Special relativity, quanta of light, atomic structure and
spectral lines, quantum structure of atoms and molecules, nuclei and elementary particles.
 Prerequisites:
Mathematics 1001, Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021), and Physics 1051
(or 1054).
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Laboratory: Three hours per week.
(Lab manuals and other information are available from the Physics
SharePoint site. Use your Grenfell network ID and password to log in.)
Physics 2151: Stellar Astrophysics
Offered in the Fall Term 2014.
This is an
introductory astronomy course with no physics prerequisites. It is
open to firstyear and other interested students. A knowledge of high schoollevel algebra is assumed.
(While the calendar description gives a prerequisite of two semesters of Math, this
restriction has been removed from registration.)
There will be opportunities to use
Grenfell Campus Observatory's 0.6m telescope for an observingbased project  weather permitting.
More information on this and other
Astronomy courses offered at Grenfell.
 Instructor: Dr. Douglas Forbes
 Office: AS 3028
 Phone: 6376295
 EMail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca
Physics 2400: Subatomic Physics

An introduction to nuclear and particle physics.
Topics include nuclear properties and models; radioactive dating; fission;
nuclear reactors; accelerators; the detection, classification, and
properties of subatomic particles. Applications in areas such as ecology,
dosimetry, medical physics and nuclear astrophysics are discussed.


Prerequisites: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090. It is recommended
that students have completed at least one of Level II and Level III high school physics courses.
Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 2553: Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronics
The basics of analog and digital electronics: direct current circuits, capacitors and inductors,
alternating currents, test equipment and measurement, transducers, diodes and transistors, an introduction to operational
amplifiers, digital basics, digital circuitry, and digital and analog I/O.
 While not required for the degree, this course is an excellent elective for a Physics major or minor. It would also be
of interest to anyone who will be using instrumentation in their work.

Prerequisites:
Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090. It is recommended
that students have completed at least one of Level II and Level III high
school physics courses. Lecture/Laboratory: Six hours per week.
(Lab manuals and other information are available from the Physics
SharePoint site. Use your Grenfell network ID and password to log in.)
Physics 2820: Computational Physics
Offered in Fall Term
2015.

This course covers Newtonian dynamics and celestial mechanics, numerical
differentiation and integration, numerical solutions to mechanics
problems, data and spectral analysis, Fourier series and normal modes,
oscillations and vibrations, linear and nonlinear oscillators,
nonlinear dynamics and chaos.
Numerical
analysis using MS Excel and Mathematica, and
an introduction to modeling in physics.

Prerequisites:
Physics 1051 (or 1054), and Mathematics 2000 which may be taken concurrently. Lectures: Three hours per week.
Tutorial: 1.5 hours per week.

