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ASTR 120 - Introduction to Astronomy I: The Solar System
This is a one-semester introductory course in Astronomy that is general enough to be of interest to science and non-science majors with a proper background in mathematics. This course is complementary to ASTR 121-3. Topics include: an overview of our solar system; the Sun; Earth and the Moon; the inner planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars; the gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; moons and ring structure of the gas giants; Pluto and Charon; asteroids, comets, meteors, and meteorites; the origin and evolution of our solar system; the origin and evolution of the sun; other solar systems and exoplanets. ASTR 120 and ASTR 121 may be taken in either order.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam

ASTR 121 - Introduction to Astronomy II: The Universe
This is a one-semester introductory course in Astronomy that is general enough to be of interest to science and non-science majors with a proper background in mathematics. This course is complementary to ASTR 120-3. Topics include: the origins of stars and planetary systems; the sun; properties and structures of stars; stellar interiors; the evolution of stars; stellar remnants; white dwarfs; neutron stars; black holes, worm holes and warped spacetime; the Milky Way; the universe of galaxies; distance scales and indicators; active galaxies and quasars; cosmology: past, present, and future of the universe, “Is ‘Anyone’ Out There?”. ASTR 121 and ASTR 120 may be taken in either order.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam

PHYS 100 - Introduction to Physics I
First part of an algebra-based introductory physics course for majors in life and environmental sciences: physics and measurement, the laws of motion, applications of Newton's second law, work and energy, linear momentum and collisions, static equilbrium, elasticity, law of universal gravitation, laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, sound waves.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial
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PHYS 101 - Introduction to Physics II
Second part of an algebra-based introductory physics course for majors in life sciences. Covers: electric charge, electric field, electric potential, DC circuits, magnetic field, sources of magnetic fields, magnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, elements of modern physics.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 110 - Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
First part of the calculus-based introductory physics course for majors in physical and mathematical sciences. Covers: Vectors, measurement, motion in one and two dimensions, the laws of motion, application of Newton's laws, work and energy, potential energy, conservation of energy, linear momentum and collisions, rotation of rigid bodies, rolling motion, angular momentum, static equilibrium, elasticity, law of universal gravitation, elements of thermodynamics.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial
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PHYS 111 - Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity
Second part of the calculus-based introductory physics course for majors in physical and mathematical sciences, including oscillatory motion, wave motion, sound waves, superposition and standing waves, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, current and resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, sources of magnetic fields.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 115 - General Introduction to Physics
This is an Algebra-based introductory physics course for students without Grade 12 Physics. Topics covered include physics and measurement, the laws of motion, work and energy. linear momentum and collisions, static equilibrium, elasticity, laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, sound waves, electric field, electric potential, DC circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic waves, laws of geometrical optics, and elements of modern physics. Students with credit in Physics 12 require permission of the Program Chair.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial
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PHYS 150 - Physics for Future Leaders
This course examines the physics underlying major technological aspects of modern society and issues of global concern. Through addressing themes such as global warming, the energy problem and alternative sources of energy, nuclear power and nuclear weapons, health and medical technology, pollution of the atmosphere, satellites, telecommunication, and the internet, this course introduces basic physics topics such as motion and energy, atoms and heat, gravity and force, electricity and magnetism, light and electromagnetic waves, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, quantum physics, and relativity. This course requires no scientific or mathematical background and is accessible to students in any discipline.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 200 - Thermal Physics
Thermodynamics and introductory statistical mechanics, including temperature, reversible processes and work, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, entropy thermodynamic potentials, change of phase, chemical potentials, third law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 202 - Electromagnetism and Optics
Magnetic field, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, magnetism and matter, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating currents, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory
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PHYS 205 - Modern Physics I
This is the first part of a two-semester course in modern physics, providing an introduction to the theories of quantum mechanics and their applications. Topics include foundations of quantum theory, the quantum theory of light, the particle and wave nature of matter, the Schrodinger equation in one and three dimensions, tunneling phenomena, atomic structure and spectroscopy, and molecules and molecular spectroscopy.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 206 - Modern Physics II
Ths is the second part of a two-semester course in modern physics, providing an introduction to the theories of quantum mechanices and relativity and their applications. Topics include Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics, relativistic dynamics, statistical physics, the solid state of matter, structure of crystals, semiconductors and superconductors, nuclear structure, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, applications of nuclear physics, elementary particles, and elements of cosmology.

Please note: You must register separately in lecture and lab components.


Credits: 0.000 OR 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 298 - Special Topics in Physics
The content of this course varies according to the instructor and student requests. This course may be repeated, to a maximum of 6 credit hours if the material is substantially different.
Credits: 3.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 300 - Classical Mechanics
Analytical classical mechanics, including Newtonian mechanics, motion in non-inertial frames, Lagrangian dynamics, central-force motion, motion of rigid bodies, small oscillations, coupled oscillations, Hamiltonian dynamics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Tutorial

PHYS 302 - Quantum Mechanics I
Breakdown of classical mechanics, wave packets, wave- particle duality, wave function and Schrodinger equation, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, harmonic oscillatory, potential wells, potential barriers, central force problems, hydrogen atom, spin and angular momentum, time dependence of quantum states.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Tutorial

PHYS 305 - Electronics
Basics of electric and electronic circuits, including DC Circuits, Kirchoff's laws, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, AC circuits, operational amplifiers, diodes, transistors, gates, combinational and sequential logic, filters, oscillators, control systems, digital circuits.
Credits: 0.000 TO 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory

PHYS 307 - Selected Topics in Environmental Physics
This course is a survey of such topics as atmospheric cycles, thermal radiation and molecular absorption, pollution of the atmosphere, the Greenhouse effect, ozone depletion in the stratosphere, environmental aspects of nuclear energy and waste, the radon problem. This course may not be used as Physics credit toward any Physics major, minor, or joint major degree.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Tutorial

PHYS 310 - Classical Electromagnetism I
First part of a two-semester course in electrodynamics: the electric field and the scalar potential; Coulomb's and Guass's Laws; Poisson's and Laplace's equations; boundary-value problems in electrostatics; electric multipoles; electric energy and forces; dielectric materials and continuity conditions; the magnetic field and the vector potential; Ampere's law; magnetic materials; magnetic energy and forces.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 351 - Optics and Photonics I
Geometrical and physical optics: mathematics of wave motion, electromagnetic theory of light, photons, laws of geometrical optics, abberations in optical systems, optical instruments, supposition of waves, interference, polarization, diffraction, Fourier optics, holography.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, World Wide Web

PHYS 390 - Advanced Physics Laboratory
Advanced laboratory experiments in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, solid state physics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Laboratory

PHYS 400 - Quantum Mechanics II
Continuation of Quantum Mechanics I. Covers: matrix formulation, perturbation theory, approximation methods, scattering theory, many-particle problems, identical particles, spin and statistics, atomic and molecular systems.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Tutorial

PHYS 401 - Seminar on Contemporary Topics in Physics
Special topics from current areas of research in basic and applied physics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Seminar

PHYS 402 - Physics Research Project
This is an experimental or theoretical research project conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 404 - Solid State Physics
This course covers physics of the solid state of matter including: theories of metals, crystal lattices, reciprocal lattice, periodic potentials, electron dynamics, band structures, conduction in metals, phonons in metals, semiconductors, superconductivity and diamagnetism and paramagnetism.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 406 - Subatomic Physics
This course covers properties and structure of subatomic particles, symmetries and conservation laws, electromagnetic, weak, and hadronic interactions, beta decay, alpha decay, gamma decay, models of nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, quarks and hadron spectroscopy.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 407 - Statistical Mechanics
This course covers kinetic theory of gases, laws of thermodynamics, probability theory, probability distributions, equilibrium statistical ensembles, ideal gases, phase transitions, critical phenomena and quantum statistics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam

PHYS 409 - Mathematical Methods in Physics
This course surveys the methods and techniques involved in the formulation and solutions of physics problems. Topics include matrix algebra and group theory, eigenvalue problems, differential equations, functions of a complex variable, Green's functions, Fourier series, integral equations, calculus of variations, and tensor analysis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Tutorial

PHYS 410 - Classical Electromagnetism II
Second part of a two-semester course in electrodynamics; Faraday's induction law; inductance; Maxwell's equations; generation and propagation of electromagnetic waves; plane waves; spherical waves; reflection and refraction; wave guides; electric dipole radiation; magnetic dipole radiation; antennas.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial

PHYS 499 - Advanced Topics in Physics
Topics include a selection of topics from contemporary Physics. This course may be taken more than once for credit provided that different topics are covered.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, World Wide Web

PHYS 600 - Quantum Mechanics II
Continuation of Quantum Mechanics I. Covers: matrix formulation, perturbation theory, approximation methods, scattering theory, many-particle problems, identical particles, spin and statistics, atomic and molecular systems.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 604 - Solid State Physics
Physics of the solid state of matter. Covers: theories of metals, crystal lattices, reciprocal lattice, periodic potentials, electron dynamics, band structure, conduction in metals, phonons in metals, semiconductors, diamagnetism and parmagnetism, superconductivity.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 606 - Subatomic Physics
Properties and structure of subatomic particles, symmetries and conservation laws, electromagnetic, weak, and hadronic interactions, beta decay, alpha decay, gamma decay, models of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, quarks and hadron spectroscopy.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 607 - Statistical Mechanics
Kinetic theory of gases, laws of thermodynamics, probability theory, probability distributions, equilibrium statistical ensembles, ideal gases, phase transitions, critical phenomena, quantum statistics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

PHYS 609 - Mathematical Methods in Physics
This course is a survey of the methods and techniques involved in the formulation and solutions of physics problems. Topics include matrix algebra and group theory, eigenvalue problems, differential equations, functions of a complex variable, Green's functions, special functions, Fourier series, integral equations, calculus of variations, and tensor analysis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Tutorial

PHYS 710 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Review of quantum mechanics including operators, linear vector spaces, Dirac notation; density operator; angular momentum, spin, and rotation groups; addition of angular momentum; symmetries and conservation laws; identical particles; time-dependent and time-independent perturbation theory; scattering theory; interaction of radiation with matter; introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics; special topics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed

PHYS 720 - Condensed Matter Physics
Theory and application of solid state physics to macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in materials. Topics to be chosen from the following: review of crystal lattices, unit cells, reciprocal lattice, Bloch theorem; free and nearly free electron models, tight binding model; band structure and Fermi surfaces, electron dynamics, scattering; metals, semiconductors and insulators; phonons, phonon bandstructure, scattering; diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, magnetic ordering and scattering; heterostructures, quantum Hall effect; topics in surface physics (surface states, work function, reconstruction); topics in superconductivity (Type I & Type II, flux quantization, Josephson Effect, BCS Theory, high-temperature superconductivity).
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 730 - Advanced Nuclear Physics
Topics to be chosen from the following: properties of nuclei, the nuclear force and the two-nucleon system; nuclear structure, nuclear models; the collective model; many-body basis states; Hartree-Fock Hamiltonian; spherical and deformed shell model; nuclear excitation and the electromagnetic transition; weak interaction and beta-decay; alpha decay; nuclear fission; thermonuclear fusion; nuclear reactions; compound nucleus formation; direct reactions; the optical model; intermediate energy nucleon-induced reactions; electron- and photon-induced reactions; meson-nucleon and meson-nucleus reactions; heavy-ion reactions.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 740 - Elementary Particle Physics
Topics to be chosen from the following: quarks, leptons and the standard model; symmetries and conservation laws; Dirac equation and the Dirac field; gauge invariance and gauge theories -- Quantum Electrodynamics; phenomenology of hadronic interactions, strong interactions, SU(3), and the quark model; other quark flavours -- charm and beauty; principles of Quantum Chromodynamics; the weak interaction and parity non-conversation, invariance under CP and T; the heavy gauge bosons and the electro-weak theory; CP-violation; grand unification, supersymmetry; superstrings, particle physics and cosmology.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

PHYS 798 - Advanced Topics in Physics
This course covers topics of current interest in physics research, which vary from year to year.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed


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