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Course Descriptions
For more information on the B.Sc. in
Physics at Grenfell Campus, contact the Chair of Physics.
Note that some required program
courses will be offered on alternate years or as necessary. Check this tentative course rotation schedule for Physics courses
required for the major and minor degree for the next couple of years; it
will change with individual student requirements
and faculty availablity.
 Physics 1020 Introductory Physics I
 This course will be offered in Fall
Term
annually.
 A noncalculus based introduction to mechanics.
 Prerequisite: Mathematics 1000 or 1090, which may be taken concurrently.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory / Tutorial: Three hours per week.
 Physics 1021 Introductory Physics II
 This course will be offered in Winter Term annually.
 A noncalculus based introduction to fluids, wave motion, light, optics, electricity
and magnetism.
 Prerequisite: Physics 1020 or 1050. Mathematics 1000 or 1091, which may be taken
concurrently.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory / Tutorial: Three hours per week.
 Physics 1050 General Physics I: Mechanics
 This course will be offered in Fall Term
annually.
 A calculusbased introduction to mechanics. The course will emphasize
problemsolving.
 Prerequisite: Mathematics 1000, which may be taken concurrently.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory: Three hours per week.
 Physics 1051 General Physics II:
Oscillations, Waves, and Electromagnetism
 This course will be offered in Winter
Term annually.
 Calculusbased study of simple harmonic motion and waves; electricity, magnetism; geometrical
and physical optics.
 Prerequisite: Physics 1050 and Mathematics 1001. Math 1001 may be taken
concurrently.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory: Three hours per week.
 NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of Physics 1021, 1051, and 1061.

Physics 2053 Fluids and Thermal Physics
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 Examines elasticity, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.
 Prerequisite: Mathematics 1001, and Physics 1051 (or 1054).
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory: Three hours per week.
 Physics 2056 General Physics VI: Modern Physics
 This course will be 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.
 Prerequisite: Mathematics 1001, Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021), and Physics
1051 (or 1054).
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Laboratory: Three hours per week.
 Earth Science 2150
Moons & Planets
 This course will be offered in Fall Term 2015.
 An introduction to the nature of the rocky, icy, and
gaseous bodies that orbit stars, both in the solar system and beyond.
Topics include gravitation and orbital motion, light and atoms, physical
processes that shape planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres, the
formation and evolution of planetary systems, and the detection and
properties of exoplanets.
 Prerequisite: There are no Math or Physics
prerequisites.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
Occasional observing sessions at the Grenfell Campus Observatory.
 Physics 2151 Introduction to Stellar Astronomy
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 This course is an introduction to the Universe! Topics include light and gravity, the lives and deaths of stars,
the stuff between the stars, supernovae and neutron stars, black holes and
relativity, galaxies, cosmology, dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang,
and the prospect of life elsewhere.
 Prerequisite: Two semester courses in Mathematics at the first year level.
(This may be waived on request.)
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
Occasional observing sessions at the Grenfell Campus Observatory.

Physics 2400 Subatomic Physics
 This course will not be offered in
2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisite: 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
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisites: Physics 1021 or 1051 and Mathematics 1000
or equivalent.
 Lectures: This course will be taught in combined lab/lecture
format with two 3hour sessions per week.
 Physics 2820 Computational Mechanics
 This course will be 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 nonlinear oscillators,
nonlinear dynamics and chaos.
 Prerequisite: Physics 1051 (or 1054), and Mathematics 2000 which may be taken concurrently.
 Lectures and laboratories: Six hours per week.
 Physics 3060 Electricity and Magnetism
 This course will be 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.
 Prerequisite: 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.

Physics 3061 Electromagnetic Theory
 This course will not be offered in Winter Term
2016.
 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.
 Prerequisite: Physics 3060.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Physics 3160
Galaxies & Cosmology
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisite: Physics
2056 and 2151 and Mathematics 2000. Physics 3220 is recommended.
 Credit restrictions: Physics 3150,
3151.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Physics 3180 Observational Astrophysics
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisite: Physics
2056 and Mathematics 2000. Physics 2151 is recommended.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Physics 3220
Classical Mechanics I
 This course will be offered in Winter Term 2016.
 Kinematics and dynamics of a particle.
Moving reference systems. Celestial mechanics. Systems of particles.
 Prerequisite: Applied
Mathematics 3260 and Physics 1051 (or 1054). AM 3260 may be taken
concurrently.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 3230
Classical Mechanics II
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 Covers rigid body motion. Lagrange's equations.
Hamilton's equations. Vibrations. Special theory of relativity.
 Prerequisite: Physics 3220, Mathematics 3202 and 3260.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 3250 Elementary Particles and Fields
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisite: Physics 2056,
2400, Mathematics 3202 and 3260.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 3400 Thermodynamics
 This course will be offered in Winter Term 2016.
 Covers the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
Entropy. Thermodynamics of real substances. Kinetic theory of matter.
Introduction to statistical mechanics.
 Prerequisite: Physics 2053,
2056, Mathematics 2000.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 3650
Quantum Mechanics I
 This course will be offered in Winter Term 2016.
 Includes a review of elementary quantum physics and
covers such topics as wave functions, operators, expectation values, the
Schodinger equation in 1dimension, states and operators in Hilbert space,
coordinate and momentum representations, quantum mechanics in three
dimensions, angular momentum, spherically symmetric potentials, and
approximation methods.
 Prerequisite: Physics 2056,
3220 and Mathematics 3202.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 Physics 3820 Mathematical Physics II
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 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.
 Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics/Pure
Mathematics 3260, and Physics 3810 (or Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics
3202).
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 EnvS 3470 Transport Phenomena
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 Fundamentals of fluid flow. Conservation laws for mass,
momentum, and energy. Dimensional analysis. Turbulence. Confined fluid flows.
Fundamentals of heat transfer. Conduction, convention, and radiation.
Diffusion, dispersion, and osmosis. Applications to transport of pollutants at
the microscopic and macroscopic scale.
 Prerequisites: Mathematics 1001. Physics 1020 and 1021
or 1050 and 1051.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.
 EnvS 4479 Groundwater Flow
 This course will not be offered in 2015/16.
 Groundwater in the hydrologic cycle. Principles of fluid
flow through permeable media. Hydraulic properties of soil and rock
formations. Groundwater at the local and regional scale. The unit basin model.
Groundwater as a transport agent of chemicals and microbes. Groundwater
resources, reservoir characterisation, and quality assessment. Groundwater
contamination.
 Prerequisite: Environmental Science 3470 or the
permission of the instructor and Program Chair.
 Lectures: Three hours per week.

Physics 4100 Senior Physics Seminar
 This course will not be offered in
2015/16.
 A review of current topics in Physics addressed in a
seminar format. Seminars are presented by faculty, students, and guest
speakers. Topics are normally drawn from the fields of subatomic &
nuclear physics or astronomy & cosmology. This is a designated Writing
course.
 Prerequisite: Normally restricted to students in the
Physics program who have completed 78 credit hours or more.

Physics
4880 Physics Laboratory
 This course will not be offered in
2015/16.
 This course will introduce the student to advanced
laboratory work in several areas of physics.
 Prerequisite: This course is restricted to students
in the Physics program who have completed 60 credit hours or more.

Physics
4950 Research Experience in Physics
 This course will be offered in
2015/16.
 An opportunity for students to participate in
original research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students
are required to present a written report and to give a seminar on their
work.
 Prerequisite: Permission of the Physics Program
Chair. This course is restricted to students in the Physics program
who have completed 78 credit hours or more.
Last update:
02 June, 2015
