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Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 PHYS 111

Fundamentals of Physics I

Students investigate physical reality employing basic principles of Newtonian mechanics which allow the description and explanation of motion: three-dimensional kinematics, dynamics of particles and rigid bodies including work, energy, momentum, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, and fluids.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Physics 12
Co-requisite(s): MATH 123
2021-2022 PHYS 112

Fundamentals of Physics II

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 111, MATH 123.
2021-2022 PHYS 210

Conceptual Modern Physics

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Second year standing
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 PHYS 215

Stellar and Galactic

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Second year standing
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
2021-2022 PHYS 220

Mechanics

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 111; MATH 223.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 PHYS 230

Electricity and Magnetism

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; MATH 223.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 PHYS 240

Physical Chemistry

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111, 112; or CHEM 103, 112; or CHEM 103, 104 with instructor's consent; MATH 123, 124.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
Cross-listed: CHEM 240.
2021-2022 PHYS 310

Topics in Modern Physics

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; MATH 223.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
2021-2022 PHYS 320

Digital Electronics and Instrumentation

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CMPT 141; MATH 124; PHYS 230; or instructor's consent.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
2021-2022 PHYS 321

Differential Equations

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.

Course Credits: 4
Prerequisite(s): MATH 223, 250
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
Cross-listed: MATH 321
2021-2022 PHYS 341

Advanced Physical Chemistry

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 240
Co-requisite(s): MATH 223
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
Cross-listed: CHEM 341
2021-2022 PHYS 360

Optics

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 230.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
2021-2022 PHYS 400

DIRECTED STUDY

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in PHYS 312
NB: This course can only be taken with instructor's consent.