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"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 3060:  Electricity and Magnetism

Offered in Fall Term, annually.

Coulomb's law; electrostatic field and potential; Gauss' law; conductors; magnetostatics; Ampere's law; Biot - Savart law; dielectric and magnetic materials, electrostatic and magnetostatic energy; Lorentz force; time varying fields; Faraday's law; Maxwell's equations.
Prerequisites: Physics 1051 and Mathematics 3260. Math 3260 may be taken concurrently.
Credit restrictions: Physics 3500.
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: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Text: Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th Edition), David J. Griffiths

Physics 3061: Electromagnetic Theory

Offered in Winter Term, annually.

Maxwell's equations, energy and momentum in electromagnetic systems, EM waves, potentials and fields, dynamical systems of charges, radiation, the interaction of EM fields with matter, and the relativistic formulation of electromagnetism and its applications.

Prerequisites: Physics 3060.
Lectures:
Three hours per week.
Instructor:  Dr. P. Rouleau
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Physics 3160: Galaxies & Cosmology

This course covers the structure and history of our own Galaxy, the properties of normal and active galaxies, their formation and evolution.  The second part of the course is an overview of cosmological models and their observational background, the Big Bang, and the evolution and expansion of the Universe.

Physics 3160 is an upper year physics/astronomy course
Prerequisites: Physics 2056 and 2151 and Mathematics 2000. Physics 3220 is recommended.

Texts:

An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology, Edited by Jones and Lambourne (2004,  Cambridge University Press)
An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, 2nd ed.,  A. Liddle, (2003, Wiley)

Other Recommended Books:

Galaxies in the Universe (2nd Ed.), L.S. Sparke & J.S. Gallagher (2007, Cambridge University Press)

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

Physics 3180: Observational Astrophysics

This course will be offered in Winter Term 2015.

Theoretical topics including celestial mechanics, continuous and line spectra, stellar structure and nucleosynthesis, and stellar evolution.  Observational topics include planning observations, acquisition of images with a CCD electronic camera, fundamentals of astronomical image processing, photometry, and stellar spectroscopy using a variety of software packages.

Physics 3180 is an upper year physics/astronomy course .
Prerequisites: Physics 2056 and Mathematics 2000. Physics 2151 is recommended.

Some projects will be done with the Grenfell Observatory telescope and its instruments, and will require students' participation at nightime observing sessions.

Instructor:  Dr. Douglas Forbes
Office: AS 3028
Phone: 637-6295
E-Mail: dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Texts:

To Measure the Sky: An Introduction to Observational Astronomy, Frederick R. Chromey (2010, Cambridge University Press)

An Introduction to Astronomical Photometry Using CCDs, W. Romanishin
(available from Physics Laboratory SharePt site)

Physics 3220: Classical Mechanics I

Offered in Winter Term 2015.

Kinematics and dynamics of a particle. Moving reference systems. Celestial mechanics. Systems of particles.
Prerequisites:
Applied Mathematics 3260 and Physics 1051 (or 1054). AM 3260 may be taken concurrently.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Instructor:  Dr. P. Rouleau
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca

Physics 3250:  Elementary Particles & Fields

Offered in Winter Term 2015.

Includes the Standard Model, classification of elementary particles and forces of nature, symmetries, conservation laws, quark model, quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, and the theory of weak interactions.
Prerequisites: Physics 2056, 2400, Mathematics 3202 and 3260.
Lectures:Three 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

Physics 3400: Thermodynamics

Covers the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Entropy. Thermodynamics of real substances. Kinetic theory of matter. Introduction to statistical mechanics.
Prerequisites: Physics 2053, 2056, Mathematics 2000.
Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 3650:  Quantum Mechanics I

Offered in Fall Term 2014.

Includes a review of elementary quantum physics and covers such topics as wave functions, operators, expectation values, the Schodinger equation in 1-dimension, states and operators in Hilbert space, coordinate and momentum representations, quantum mechanics in three dimensions, angular momentum, spherically symmetric potentials, and approximation methods.

Prerequisites: Physics 2056, 3220 and Mathematics 3202.
Lectures:
Three 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

Physics 3820: Mathematical Physics II

Examines the functions of a a complex variable; residue calculus. Introduction to Cartesian tensor analysis. Matrix eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Diagonalization of tensors. Matrix formulation of quantum mechanics.  Quantum mechanical spin. Vector differential operators in curvilinear coordinate systems. Partial differential equations of Mathematical Physics and boundary value problems; derivation of the classical equations, separation of variables; Helmholtz equation in spherical polar coordinates.

Prerequisites: Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics 3260, and Physics 3810 (or Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics 3202).
Lectures:
Three hours per week. 


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