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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)

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Physics 2053:  Fluids & Thermal Physics

Offered in Fall Term 2014.

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. Ranjan Patro
Office: AS
Phone: 63x-xxxx
E-Mail: rpatro at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Physics 2056:   Modern Physics

Offered in Winter Term, annually.

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.)
Instructor:  Dr. Aleksandrs Aleksejevs
Office: AS3021 (new building)
Phone: 637-6200, ext. 6302
E-Mail: aaleksejevs at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Physics 2151: Stellar Astrophysics

M51 GCOOffered in the Fall Term 2014.

This is an introductory astronomy course with no physics prerequisites. It is open to first-year and other interested students. A knowledge of high school-level algebra is assumed. (While the calendar description gives a pre-requisite of two semesters of Math, this is unnecessary, and will be waived on request; contact Dr. Forbes.)

There will be opportunities to use Grenfell Campus Observatory's 0.6m telescope for an observing-based project - weather permitting.

More information on this and other Astronomy courses offered at Grenfell.

Instructor:  Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: 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

End of term robot project.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, annually.

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 non-linear 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.

Instructor: Dr. Aleksandrs Aleksejevs
Office: AS3021 (new building)
Phone: 637-6200, ext. 6302
E-Mail: aaleksejevs at grenfell dot mun dot ca

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