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Chemical Physics Honours

Bachelor of Science

This bachelor of science (BSc) honours program is offered jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. Entry requires permission of both.

Students should speak with an advisor as soon as possible to schedule their programs.

Honours program graduates may undertake graduate work in either chemistry or physics and should choose their courses accordingly.

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

CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

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 B, 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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daniel Leznoff
Jeffrey Warren
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D106 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D107 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D108 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D109 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D110 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D111 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D112 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D113 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D114 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D115 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D116 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D117 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D118 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D119 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D120 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D121 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D122 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D123 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D124 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D125 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D200 Daniel Leznoff
Jeffrey Warren
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D201 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D202 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D203 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D204 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D205 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D206 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D207 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D208 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D209 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D300 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Surrey
D301 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Surrey
D302 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D303 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D304 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D305 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
D306 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Surrey
D307 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D308 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D309 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Surrey
D600 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Surrey
D601 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Surrey
LA03 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA04 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA06 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA07 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB03 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB04 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB05 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB06 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB07 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB13 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB14 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB15 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB16 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB17 Garry Mund
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LC01 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LC02 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LC03 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LC04 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LC06 Rebecca Goyan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LE01 TBD
LE02 TBD
LE03 TBD
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

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 Charles Walsby
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D106 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D107 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D108 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D109 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D110 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D111 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D112 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D113 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D114 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D115 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D116 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D117 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 126 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

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
LA04 John Canal
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA06 John Canal
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 210 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (2)

The principles of analytical chemistry and their practical application to solution samples. Titrimetric and electrochemical methods. This course has the same lecture component as CHEM 215 but no laboratory work. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 215 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dev Sharma
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
CHEM 216 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Experiments in analytical chemistry, including analysis of solution samples, titrimetric and electroanalytical methods. This course has the same laboratory component as CHEM 215. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and CHEM 126, both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 210. Students with credit for CHEM 215 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Dev Sharma
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA02 Dev Sharma
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 230 - Inorganic Chemistry (3)

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. Co-ordination 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 236W - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D101 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
LA01 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA02 Carla Pretorius
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 266 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (2)

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-.

CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Vocadlo
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D106 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D107 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D108 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D109 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D110 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D111 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D112 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D113 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D114 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D115 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D116 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D117 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D118 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D119 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D120 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA03 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA04 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA05 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB03 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB04 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LB05 Nabyl Merbouh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LE01 TBD
MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order 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 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
OP01 TBD
MATH 251 - Calculus III (3)

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 Weiran Sun
Weiran Sun
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D200 Justin Gray
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D400 Justin Chan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 252 - Vector Calculus (3)

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.

MATH 260 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order 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 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D400 Vijaykumar Singh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Surrey
Surrey
D401 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
D402 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D403 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
PHYS 132 - Physics Laboratory I (1) *

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Steve Dodge
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 133 - Physics Laboratory II (1) *

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.

PHYS 201 - Physics Undergraduate Seminar (1)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Erol Girt
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 211 - Intermediate Mechanics (3)

An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, non-inertial 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.

PHYS 233 - Physics Laboratory III (3)

Statistical data analysis, experimental design and scientific communication, studied in the context of experiments spanning a range of physical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 133 or PHYS 141 or ENSC 120, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: CMPT 120. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D300 Jeff Sonier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA03 Jeff Sonier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 255 - Vibrations and Waves (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Broun
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby

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MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

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: Pre-Calculus 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 Jamie Mulholland
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D200 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D201 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D202 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D203 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D204 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D206 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Surrey
D401 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D402 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
D403 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Surrey
OP01 TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3)

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: Pre-Calculus 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jamie Mulholland
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D200 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP04 TBD

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MATH 232 - Applied Linear Algebra (3)

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
D100 Saieed Akbari Feyzaabaadi
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D400 Vijaykumar Singh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.

MATH 240 - Algebra I: Linear Algebra (3)

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 Michael Monagan
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
OP01 TBD

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CHEM 260 - Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Samira Siahrostami
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA01 Samira Siahrostami
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA02 Samira Siahrostami
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 285 - Quantum I (3)

The concepts of quantum mechanics introduced through two-level 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.

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PHYS 120 - Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

A general calculus-based 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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daniel Higginbottom
Sarah Johnson
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D103 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D104 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D105 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D106 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D107 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D108 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 5:30–6:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D109 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D110 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D111 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D112 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D113 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D114 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D116 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D117 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D118 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Thu, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3) +

A course in mechanics and modern physics designed for students who want to study translational and rotational dynamics, conservation laws, and oscillations in depth and gain additional insight into foundations of special relativity and select topics in modern physics. 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthias Danninger
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 140 - Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory 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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Daria Ahrensmeier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Surrey
D201 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey
LA02 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, Fri, 4:30–5:20 p.m.
Surrey

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PHYS 121 - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A general calculus-based 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/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3) +

A course in electromagnetism designed for students who want to study electric charge and current, electric and magnetic fields, circuits, electromagnetic interactions in depth and gain additional insight into Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, and wave-particle duality. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 with a minimum grade of C- 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.

PHYS 141 - Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140 or MSE 103, 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/Breadth-Science.

* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133

+ recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Complete all of

CHEM 340 - Materials Chemistry (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Zuo-guang Ye
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 366W - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (3) ++

Advanced experimental methods in thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 266 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 360. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Loren Kaake
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA01 Loren Kaake
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA02 Loren Kaake
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Fri, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHEM 462 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3)

Topics may include: Atomic spectra, vibrational and rotational spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules, the Raman effect, nuclear and electron spin resonance, symmetry classification of molecules and their energy levels, UV-Vis-NIR absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 364 or PHYS 385, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 321 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

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.

PHYS 384 - Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3)

Applications of mathematical methods in physics, differential equations of physics, eigenvalue problems, solutions to wave equations. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or 254; MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211; PHYS 255 or ENSC 320. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Malcolm Kennett
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Malcolm Kennett
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 415 - Quantum III (3)

Wave mechanics in three dimensions; orbital angular momentum and spherical harmonics; central potentials, hydrogen atom; time-independent perturbation theory, Stark effect, Zeeman effect; identical particles, helium atom; scattering, Born approximation; time-dependent perturbation theory, interaction picture. Prerequisite: PHYS 385; either PHYS 384 or MATH 314. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 421 - Electromagnetic Waves (3)

A continuation of PHYS 321: properties of electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter. Transmission lines and waveguides; antennas, radiation and scattering; propagation of electromagnetic waves in free space and in matter; reflection and refraction at boundaries; polarization, interference and diffraction. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 (no substitution); PHYS 255 or ENSC 380; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eundeok Mun
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Michael Chen
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby

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CHEM 360 - Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

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.

PHYS 344 - Thermal Physics (3)

Heat, temperature, heat transfer, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, heat engines, applications of thermodynamics to special systems, phase transitions. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 251; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gopolang Mohlabeng
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Karen Kavanagh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby

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CHEM 460 - Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)

Statistical thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, transport properties, intermolecular forces, electrical properties of molecules, properties of ionic solutions, Debye-Huckel theory, electrochemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 251; CHEM 260 and 360, or PHYS 285 and 344, all with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 445 - Statistical Physics (3)

Postulates of statistical mechanics, partition functions, applications to gases, paramagnetism and equilibrium. Quantum statistics and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 344 or CHEM 360, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

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CHEM 364 - Quantum Chemistry (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gary Leach
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 385 - Quantum II (3)

Stern-Gerlach experiments and the structure of quantum mechanics; operators; angular momentum and spin; Schrödinger equation and examples for time evolution; systems of two spin-½ particles; density operators; wave mechanics in one dimension including the double slit experiment, particle in a box, scattering in one dimension, tunnelling; one-dimensional harmonic oscillator; coherent states. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260; PHYS 255; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Bernd Stelzer
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby

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CHEM 440 - Solid State Materials Chemistry (3)

The study of the detailed chemistry of solid state inorganic materials in terms of crystal structures, bonding, preparative methods, analytical and characterization techniques, mixed valence states, solid solutions, defects and non-stoichiometry, molecular mechanisms of the optical, electronic, ionic, magnetic and dielectric properties, and materials applications in advanced technology. Prerequisite: CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 465 - Solid State Physics (3)

Crystal structure, lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids, free electron model, band theory, and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 385 or CHEM 364, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jeff Sonier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Jeff Sonier
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby

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CHEM 481 - Undergraduate Research (5)

Experimental and/or theoretical research; preparation of a written report and oral presentation in research seminar format. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a research proposal. Prospective students must contact the chemistry advisor to register their interest in this course before the last day of classes of the previous term. The research proposal is due by the end of the examination period preceding the research term. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department; knowledge of chemistry at an advanced level. Normally taken after completion of 300-level course requirements.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D001 TBD
D002 TBD
D003 TBD
D004 TBD
D005 TBD
D006 TBD
D007 TBD
D008 TBD
PHYS 432 - Undergraduate Honours Thesis (6)

Undergraduate research and preparation of an honours thesis over the fall and the subsequent spring semesters. The research project may be in experimental or theoretical physics. Prospective students must obtain agreement of a faculty member willing to supervise the project. Prerequisite: All students interested in taking this course must consult with their faculty supervisor regarding prerequisites.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Broun
TBD

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PHYS 326 - Electronics and Instrumentation (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Karen Kavanagh
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D101 Jeffrey McGuirk
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, 5:30–6:20 p.m.
Burnaby
LA01 Jeffrey McGuirk
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Tue, Thu, 3:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 332W - Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

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 upper division CHEM, NUSC or PHYS units chosen to bring the total upper division units to 48, and maintain a minimum of 21 upper division units in both chemistry and physics. A maximum of 11 units from the research courses CHEM 481, 483 and 484 and PHYS 432 may be used to satisfy the aforementioned 21 units of upper division credit.

Students considering graduate school in physics should take

PHYS 313 - Special Relativity (3)

A detailed presentation of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and how it revolutionized physics. Topics covered include: constancy of the speed of light, Lorentz transformations, time dilation, length contraction, relativistic paradoxes, space-time diagrams, relativistic particle kinematics and dynamics, electromagnetism as a relativistic phenomenon, and an introduction to general relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 232 or 240; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 413 - Advanced Mechanics (3)

Central forces, rigid body motion, small oscillations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 384 or permission of the department. Non-physics majors may enter with MATH 252; MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Bechhoefer
John Bechhoefer
Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby
PHYS 445 - Statistical Physics (3)

Postulates of statistical mechanics, partition functions, applications to gases, paramagnetism and equilibrium. Quantum statistics and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 344 or CHEM 360, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

++ may substitute PHYS 285 for CHEM 260 as a prerequisite for CHEM 366W

University Honours 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 university-wide 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; two courses (minimum three units each)

Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division; two courses (total six units or more)
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth

Must be outside the student's major subject, and may be lower or upper division:

Two courses (total six units or more) Social Sciences: B-Soc
Two courses (total six units or more) Humanities: B-Hum
Two courses (total six units or more) Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth

Two courses (total six units or more) outside the student's major subject (may or may not be B-designated 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.