Spring 2022 - PHYS 126 D100

Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3)

Class Number: 1078

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 125 or permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 152. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133.



An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


Waves, electricity, magnetism, Maxwell's equations, the nature of light, and an introduction to quantum mechanics.



  • TBA 100%


Your final mark will be the higher mark from the following two marking schemes.


5 %

5 %


5 %

5 %


10 %

10 %

Midterm exams

2 x 20 %

1 x 20 %

Final exam

40 %

60 %



Required: Matter and Interactions, 4th ed., by Chabay and Sherwood (Wiley, Hoboken, 2017) and WileyPlus (online or hardcopy). Availaible on SFU Bookstore. 

Required: iClicker 


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.