Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Physics

  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics I (3 sem. hrs.)

    The basic principles of Newtonian mechanics: three-dimensional kinematics, dynamics of particles and rigid bodies including work, energy, momentum, and rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and fluids.

    Co-requisite: MATH 123.

    Prerequisite(s): Physics 12. (Students without Physics 12 may take this course with instructor's consent.) (3-3; 0-0)


  • PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics II (3 sem. hrs.)

    The basic principles of classical electromagnetism and waves: mechanical waves, Coulomb's law, electric fields, Gauss's law, Faraday's law, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics.

    Co-requisite: MATH 124.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 111. (0-0; 3-3)


  • PHYS 210 Conceptual Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

    A survey of the development of scientific theories, emphasizing the ideas that emerged in physics in the 20th century. The course is designed so that general audience students become engaged with the conceptual aspects of topics in relativity and quantum mechanics.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): Second year standing. (3-0; 0-0)


  • PHYS 215 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy (3 sem. hrs.)

    An introduction to stellar and galactic astronomy, and to the tools and techniques of astronomy. Discussion of the types of stars and their formation, energy production, and end states; the nature of nebulae, star clusters, black holes, galaxies, and quasars; modern cosmology; astrobiology. Several daytime and night-time observation sessions are undertaken. Historical, philosophical, and Christian theological perspectives are considered.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): Second year standing. (3-0; 0-0)


  • PHYS 220 Mechanics (3 sem. hrs.)

    Topics in classical mechanics, including particle motion in three dimensions, noninertial reference frames, central forces, rigid body motion, Lagrange's equation of motion, and Hamilton's variational principle.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 111; MATH 223. (0-0; 3-0)


  • PHYS 230 Electricity and Magnetism (3 sem. hrs.)

    Electric fields and potentials of static charge distributions, currents, magnetic fields and the vector potential, electromagnetic induction, electric and magnetic energy, electromagnetic properties of matter.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; MATH 223. (0-0; 3-3)


  • PHYS 240 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)

    Introduction to thermodynamics as applied to chemical reactions. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, free energy and equilibria, phase equilibria and electro-chemistry.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Cross-listed: CHEM 240.

    Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111, 112; or CHEM 103, 112; or CHEM 103, 104 with instructor's consent; MATH 124. (3-4 or 3-4)


  • PHYS 310 Topics in Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

    Introduction to the special theory of relativity; the principles of quantum mechanics and its interpretation; aspects of atomic, nuclear and particle physics; cosmology.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; 210; MATH 223. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • PHYS 320 Digital Electronics and Instrumentation (3 sem. hrs.)

    To provide students with a working knowledge of basic semiconductor devices and gates and their use for implementing logic devices and simple measurement and control functions, and to provide experience in constructing and using circuit diagrams and test/measurement equipment.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): CMPT 141; MATH 124; PHYS 230; or instructor's consent. (3-3 or 3-3)


  • PHYS 321 Differential Equations (4 sem. hrs.)

    First order differential equations, linear differential equations, Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations, non-linear systems, series solutions, introduction to partial differential equations. Special emphasis is placed on applications to physics and engineering.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Cross-Listed: MATH 321.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 223, 250. (4-0 or 4-0)


  • PHYS 341 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)

    The fundamental concepts of matter and its structure in relation to energy. Quantum mechanics, statistical thermodynamics, spectroscopy, kinetics, and the solid state.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Cross-listed: CHEM 341.

    Co-requisite: MATH 223.

    Prerequisite(s): CHEM 240. (3-4; 0-0)


  • PHYS 360 Optics (3 sem. hrs.)

    Geometrical and physical optics: reflection and refraction, interference, coherence, polarization, diffraction, lasers, and holography.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 230. (3-3 or 3-3)


  • PHYS 400 Directed Studies in Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

    Students are required to produce an outline of one topic to be studied in consultation with the instructor. A course of reading and/or experimentation is pursued according to the approved outline. Assessment may be via examination and/or a final written report.

    NB: This course can only be taken with instructor's consent.

    Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in Physics

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