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Chemical Physics Major
This bachelor of science (BSc) program is offered jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. Entry requires permission of both.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Students wishing to enrol in physics courses must obtain a C grade or better in prerequisite courses.
Program Requirements
Students are strongly encouraged to complete CMPT 120  Introduction to Computing Science and Programming, in addition to the following requirements.
Lower Division Requirements
Complete all of
Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 125 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Hogan Yu 
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D101 
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D102 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D103 
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D104 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D105 
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D106 
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D107 
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D108 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D109 
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D110 
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
Experiments in chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, qualitative analysis, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

LA03 
Garry Mund 
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
LA04 
Garry Mund 
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
LA05 
Garry Mund 
We 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
LA06 
Garry Mund 
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
LA07 
Garry Mund 
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
LA08 
Garry Mund 
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7071, Burnaby 
The chemistry of the elements and their inorganic compounds in terms of fundamental concepts of periodicity of properties, valence, ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, stability of oxidation states, bonding, structure and stereochemistry. Coordination complexes and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a minimum grade of C. Students who expect to take further courses in inorganic chemistry should take CHEM 230 concurrently with CHEM 236W. Quantitative.
An introduction to the synthetic and spectroscopic techniques used in the preparation and characterization of both main group and transition metal compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 126 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM 230. Students with credit for CHEM 236 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.
Fundamental principles of experimental physical chemistry from the microscopic perspective. Modern experiments in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C.
Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Students with credit for CHEM 280 or CHEM 285 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. Firstorder separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, with a minimum grade of C; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Vijaykumar Singh 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
OP01  TBD 
Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152 with a minimum grade of C; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Recommended: It is recommended that MATH 240 or 232 be taken before or concurrently with MATH 251. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Steven Ruuth 
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D200 
Jamie Mulholland 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
OP01  TBD  
OP02  TBD 
Vector calculus, divergence, gradient and curl; line, surface and volume integrals; conservative fields, theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes; general curvilinear coordinates and tensor notation. Introduction to orthogonality of functions, orthogonal polynomials and Fourier series. Prerequisite: MATH 240 or 232, and 251, all with a minimum grade of C. MATH 240 or 232 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for MATH 254 may not take MATH 252 for further credit. Quantitative.
Firstorder differential equations, second and higherorder linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152 with a minimum grade of C; or MATH 155 or 158, with a grade of at least B; MATH 232 or 240, with a minimum grade of C. Students with credit for MATH 310 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Justin Gray 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D101 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D102 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D103 
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D104 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D105 
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D200 
Vijaykumar Singh 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D201 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D202 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D203 
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in mechanics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Corequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125. Students with credit for PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.
Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions), with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: PHYS 102 or 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

LA01 
Simin Bagheri Najmi 
Th 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
A seminar to expose students majoring in any Physics program to opportunities available with a physics degree. Seminar will include invited speakers, group discussions, and student presentations on topics including modern physics research, industrial physics, career opportunities, and communication and other professional skills. May be repeated once for credit. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B.
An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, noninertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240; PHYS 255 or ENSC 380. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.
The physics of vibrations and waves. Topics include periodic motion, including free and forced oscillations, coupled oscillators, normal modes, and waves in one and higher dimensions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.
and one of
Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: PreCalculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

OP01  TBD 
Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: PreCalculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.
and one of
Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. An emphasis on applications involving matrix and vector calculations. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or MACM 101, with a minimum grade of C; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D200 
Justin Chan 
Mo, We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
OP01  TBD 
Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Real and abstract vector spaces, subspaces and linear transformations; basis and change of basis. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. Subject is presented with an abstract emphasis and includes proofs of the basic theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or MACM 101, with a minimum grade of C; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 232 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Shuxing Li 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D101 
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D102 
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D103 
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
and one of
Elements of physical chemistry from the molecular point of view. Introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, MATH 152, and PHYS 121, 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B), all with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: MATH 232. PHYS 285 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 260. Quantitative.
The concepts of quantum mechanics introduced through twolevel systems and explored in a way that requires only familiarity with general concepts of linear algebra. Introduction to concepts in classical and quantum information theory, bits and qubits, quantum dynamics, quantum communication and cryptography, and quantum circuits. Prerequisite: Either MATH 232 or MATH 240, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
and one of
A general calculusbased introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other firstyear courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 151. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.
A general calculusbased introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecturelaboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
and one of
A general calculusbased introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140, with a minimum grade of C, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Sarah Johnson 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
D101 
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D102 
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D103 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D104 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D105 
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 

D106 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby 
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. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 or permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 152. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
A general calculusbased introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecturelaboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or MATH 155. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133
+ recommended
Upper Division Requirements
Complete all of
Bonding in solid state materials. Introduction to symmetry and its applications in materials science. Structure and physical properties of solid state materials. Prerequisite: Completion of 60 units in a science or applied science program, including first year chemistry, physics and calculus. CHEM 230 is strongly recommended. Quantitative.
Development and application of Maxwell's equations in vector differential form. Notation and theorems of vector calculus; electric charge, fields, potentials, capacitance and field energy; conductors; methods for solving electrostatic problems; electric fields in matter; electrical current and the magnetic field; Ampere's law and the vector potential; magnetic fields in matter; electromotive force, electrical resistance, Faraday's law and inductance; Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260 or MATH 310. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C, unless specified. Quantitative.
and one of
Circuits and circuit theory, passive and active devices, amplifiers, feedback, modern measurement techniques and instrumentation. Prerequisite: PHYS 234 with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Experiments investigating a range of physical phenomena such as Brownian motion, molecular order, chaotic dynamics, Doppler broadening of stellar spectra, and biophysical forces using techniques such as interference, optical trapping, and spectroscopy. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, modeling of experimental results, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Biological Physics students will do a selected set of experiments. Prerequisite: PHYS 233; PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, both with a minimum grade of C. Writing/Quantitative.
and one of
Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: MATH 251. MBB 323 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 360. Quantitative.
and one of
Statistical thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, transport properties, intermolecular forces, electrical properties of molecules, properties of ionic solutions, DebyeHuckel theory, electrochemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 251; CHEM 260 and 360, or PHYS 285 and 344, all with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
and one of
Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and its principal results and techniques as applied to atoms and molecules: atomic structure, molecular bonding, rotations and vibrations of molecules, symmetry of atomic and molecular orbitals. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 or PHYS 285, MATH 232, and MATH 251, all with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Students with credit for CHEM 464 may not take this course for further credit. PHYS 385 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 364.
Wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation, the harmonic oscillator, introduction to Dirac notation, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, atomic structure, timeindependent perturbation theory, atomic spectra, and applications. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or 254; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C. Recommended Prerequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211. Quantitative.
and upper division chemistry, nuclear science or physics units chosen to total the number of upper division units to 40, and maintain a minimum of 15 upper division units in both chemistry and physics. A maximum of 6 units from the research courses CHEM 481, 483 and 484 and PHYS 432 may be used to satisfy the aforementioned 15 units of upper division credit.
University Degree Requirements
Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.
Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements
Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for universitywide information.
WQB Graduation Requirements
A grade of C or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit
Requirement 
Units 
Notes  
W  Writing 
6 
Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject  
Q  Quantitative 
6 
Q courses may be lower or upper division  
B  Breadth 
18 
Designated Breadth  Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division 6 units Social Sciences: BSoc 6 units Humanities: BHum 6 units Sciences: BSci 
6 
Additional Breadth  6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be Bdesignated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements) Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas. 
Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit
 At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
 At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
Elective Courses
In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.