SFU Calendar 2001-2002

Table of Contents : searchable with the Find function of your web browser Course Database or Course Outlines
(opens in new window)
Financial Assistance
Index : searchable with the Find function of your web browser Calendar .pdfs Office of the Registrar / SFU


Department of Physics


P8429 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 4465 Tel, 778.782 3592 Fax, www.sfu.ca/physics

Chair

M. Plischke BSc (Montr), MPhil (Yale), PhD (Yeshiva)

Professors Emeriti

A.S. Arrott BS (Carnegie Tech), MS (Penn), PhD (Carnegie Tech)

J.F. Cochran BASc, MASc (Br Col), PhD (Ill)

K. Colbow BSc, MSc (McM), PhD (Br Col)

A.E. Curzon BSc (Lond), MSc (Leeds), PhD (Lond), ARCS, DIC

S. Gygax Dipl Phys, PhD (Zür)

J.C. Irwin BASc, PhD (Br Col)

S.R. Morrison BA, MA (Br Col), PhD (Penn)

L.H. Palmer AA (Sacramento), AB, PhD (Calif)

K.E. Rieckhoff BSc, MSc, PhD (Br Col)

Professors

L.E. Ballentine BSc, MSc (Alta), PhD (Camb)

J.L. Bechhoefer AB (Harv), MSc, PhD (Chic)

D.H. Boal BSc, MSc, PhD (Tor)

C.R. Bolognesi BEng (McG), MEng (Carl), PhD (Calif)**

B.P. Clayman BSc (Rensselaer), PhD (C'nell), Vice-President Research

E.D. Crozier BSc (Tor), PhD (Qu)

R.H. Enns BSc, PhD (Alta)

R.F. Frindt BSc (Alta), PhD (Camb), PEng

B. Heinrich BSc, MSc (Charles), PhD (Czech Acad Sc)

D.J. Huntley BASc, MASc (Br Col), DPhil (Oxf)

K.L. Kavanagh BSc (Qu), PhD (C'nell)

G. Kirczenow BSc (WAust), DPhil (Oxf)

M. Plischke BSc (Montr), MPhil (Yale), PhD (Yeshiva)

M.L.W. Thewalt BSc (McM), MSc, PhD (Br Col)

H.D. Trottier BSc, MSc, PhD (McG)

K.S. Viswanathan BSc (Madr), MA, PhD (Calif)

S. Watkins BSc (Qu), MSc, PhD (S Fraser)

M. Wortis AB, AM, PhD (Harv)

Associate Professors

B.J. Frisken BSc (Qu), MSc (Northwestern), PhD (Br Col)

J.L. Thewalt BS, PhD (S Fraser)*

Assistant Professors

J.S. Dodge AB (Harv), MA, PhD (Stanford)

M. Hayden BEng (Sask), MASc, PhD (Br Col)

I. Herbut BSc (Belgrade), MSc, PhD (J. Hopkins)

J.E. Sonier BSc (W Ont), MSc, PhD (Br Col)

Adjunct Professors

B.K. Jennings BSc (Mt Allison), MSc, PhD (McM)

M. Vetterli BSc (McG), PhD (McM)

J. Vrba MSc (Charles-Prague), PhD (Alta)

R.M. Woloshyn BSc (Man), PhD (SUNY)

Associate Members

J.M. D'Auria, Chemistry

D. Erle Nelson, Archaeology

E.M. Voigt, Chemistry***

Senior Lecturers

N. Alberding BSc (WOnt), PhD (Ill)

M. Chen BSc (China), MA, PhD (CUNY)

Advisor

Dr. B. Frisken, P8456 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 5767

*joint appointment with biochemistry

**joint appointment with engineering science

***professor emeritus

Computer Skills

Computing skills such as those obtained in CMPT 101 or 102 will be expected of students entering the second year Physics courses. The department recognizes that some students become proficient in a high-level programming language such as those taught in CMPT 101 and 102 through self-study. Such individuals should see "Course Challenge". .

Physics Major Program

This program offers a solid physics background with the opportunity to branch out into other disciplines. Because of maximum flexibility in upper division physics requirements, students can plan their own upper division major programs to fit individual objectives and interests. Students must consult a physics advisor when planning their programs.

Lower Division Requirements

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 251-3 Calculus III

MATH 252-3 Vector Calculus

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 131-2 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 211-3 Intermediate Mechanics

PHYS 221-3 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 233-2 Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 234-3 Computers in Physics Laboratory

PHYS 285-3 Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

and one of

CMPT 101-4 Introduction to Computer Programming

CMPT 102-3 Introduction to Scientific Computer Programming

Upper Division Requirements

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

PHYS 332-3 Optics Laboratory

PHYS 344-3 Thermal Physics

PHYS 355-3 Optics

PHYS 385-3 Quantum Physics

In addition, a minimum of 16 other upper division physics credit hours must be taken to satisfy the physics subject area requirements for a major.

Non-science Electives - Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours outside the Faculty of Science (excluding EDUC 401 to 407), including six hours from the Faculty of Arts.

In addition to the above, students must take sufficient unspecified upper division courses to complete a minimum of 44 credit hours, and further unspecified courses at any level to a total credit of 120 credit hours. Also, see "Requirements for Major"..

Applied Physics Major Program

This program, leading to a BSc degree, offers a solid background in physics combined with the applied aspects of physics necessary for students planning careers in high technology industries. Students should enrol in the coop program to acquire valuable industrial experience.

Lower Division Requirements

Students must complete all of the following.

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

CHEM 126-2 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CMPT 150-3 Introduction to Computer Design

CMPT 250-3 Introduction to Computer Architecture

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 251-3 Calculus III

MATH 252-3 Vector Calculus

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 131-2 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 211-3 Intermediate Mechanics

PHYS 221-3 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 233-2 Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 234-3 Computers in Physics Laboratory

PHYS 285-3 Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

plus one of

CMPT 101-4 Introduction to Computing Programming

CMPT 102-3 Introduction to Scientific Computer Programming 55 credit hours

Upper Division Requirements
Core

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

MACM 316-3 Numerical Analysis I

PHYS 324-3 Electromagnetics

PHYS 326-3 Electronics and Instrumentation

PHYS 331-3 Electronics Laboratory

PHYS 332-3 Optics Laboratory

PHYS 344-3 Thermal Physics

PHYS 355-3 Optics

PHYS 385-3 Quantum Physics

PHYS 430-5 Digital Electronics and Interfacing

either all of

NUSC 341-3 Introduction to Radiochemistry

NUSC 342-3 Introduction to Nuclear Science

NUSC 346-2 Radiochemistry Laboratory

or three of

PHYS 365-3 Semiconductor Device Physics

PHYS 431-4 Advanced Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 455-3 Applied Optics

PHYS 465-3 Solid State Physics

37-39 credit hours

Non-Science Electives

Students must complete a minimum of six credit hours of electives from the Faculty of Arts.

In addition, students must take sufficient unspecified courses to complete 44 credit hours of upper division credit in the program of study. Students must take sufficient unspecified courses in any division to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours total credit.

Applied Physics Honors Program

This program offers a solid physics background in physics combined with an extensive introduction to the applied aspects of physics necessary for students planning careers in high technology industries. In addition, students have the option of various specialized upper division courses. Students should enrol in the Cooperative Education Program to acquire valuable industrial experience. A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is required to graduate in the honors program.

Notes: PHYS 432, based on an industrially motivated project, is strongly recommended. An additional second year computing course, such as CMPT 212, is recommended. Students considering graduate school in physics should also consider taking PHYS 413, 415, 425 and 445.

Lower Division Requirements

Students are required to complete the same requirements (55 credit hours) as for the applied physics major program.

Upper Division Requirements
Core Courses (39 credit hours)

Students must complete all of

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

PHYS 324-3 Electromagnetics

PHYS 326-3 Electronics and Instrumentation

PHYS 331-3 Electronics Laboratory

PHYS 332-3 Optics Laboratory

PHYS 344-3 Thermal Physics

PHYS 355-3 Optics

PHYS 384-3 Methods of Theoretical Physics I

PHYS 385-3 Quantum Physics

PHYS 430-5 Digital Electronics and Interfacing

PHYS 431-4 Advanced Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 465-3 Solid State Physics

and 12 additional credit hours chosen from

ENSC 426-4 High Frequency Electronics

ENSC 495-3 Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication

PHYS 365-3 Semiconductor Physics

PHYS 455-3 Applied Optics

and one of

CHEM 340-3 Materials Chemistry

ENSC 330-3 Engineering Materials

and one of

MACM 316-3 Numerical Analysis I

PHYS 395-3 Computational Physics

Non Science Electives

Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours outside the Faculty of Science (excluding EDUC 401-406), including six hours from the Faculty of Arts.

In addition to specified courses above, students select sufficient unspecified courses in any division to complete a total of 132 credit hours, of which 60 must be in upper division courses in the field of study.

Note: The normal prerequisite for this course (ENSC 222) can be replaced by PHYS 326 and 331.

Physics Honors Program

This program gives students into an in-depth understanding of basic physics so they will be prepared to significantly contribute to high technology industries where well developed experimental skills, contemporary computing skills and state-of-the-art instrumentation experience is required. An honors physics degree is generally required for post-graduate physics study and closely related disciplines. A grade average of B or higher is required to graduate.

Lower Division Requirements

Requirements are the same as for physics major program.

Upper Division Requirements

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations.

MATH 322-3 Complex Variables

plus one more MATH course numbered 316 or greater (including MACM 316)

all of

PHYS 326-3 Electronics and Instrumentation

PHYS 331-3 Electronics Laboratory

PHYS 332-3 Optics Laboratory

PHYS 344-3 Thermal Physics

PHYS 355-3 Optics

PHYS 384-3 Methods of Theoretical Physics I

PHYS 385-3 Quantum Physics

PHYS 413-3 Advanced Mechanics

PHYS 415-3 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 425-3 Electromagnetic Theory

PHYS 431-4 Advanced Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 445-3 Statistical Physics

At least 11 credit hours to be chosen from

NUSC 485-3 Particle Physics

PHYS 395-3 Computational Physics

PHYS 430-5 Digital Electronics and Interfacing

PHYS 432-5 Undergraduate Honors Thesis

PHYS 455-3 Applied Optics

PHYS 465-3 Solid State Physics

PHYS 484-3 Nonlinear Physics

PHYS 490-3 General Relativity and Gravitation

PHYS 492-3 Special Topics in Physics

PHYS 493-3 Special Topics in Physics

Non-science Electives

A minimum of nine elective hours is required from outside the Faculty of Science (excluding EDUC 401 to 407) including six from the Faculty of Arts.

In addition to those above, the student must elect sufficient unspecified courses* in any division to complete a minimum of 132 credit hours total credit. Also, see "Requirements for Major"..

*excluding EDUC 401, 402, 405, 406.

Recommended Program for First Four Semesters
Semester I

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

elective I (CMPT 102 suggested)

elective II 16 or 17 credit hours

Semester II

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 131-2 Physics Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

elective III (CHEM 126-2 suggested)

elective IV 15 credit hours

Semester III

PHYS 211-3 Intermediate Mechanics

PHYS 233-2 Physics Laboratory II

MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 251-3 Calculus III

elective V

elective VI 17 credit hours

Semester IV

PHYS 221-3 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 234-3 Computers in Physics Laboratory

PHYS 285-3 Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

MATH 252-3 Vector Calculus

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

elective VII 17 credit hours

Physics and Physiology Honors Program

This challenging program, for those who enjoy physics but intend to pursue a career in life sciences, is offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the School of Kinesiology. It provides a strong physics background with enough physiology and biomechanics emphasis for biotechnology industry work, to pursue physiology, kinesiology, or biophysics graduate studies, or to attend professional programs such as medicine. Students pursuing physics graduate work must take fourth year PHYS courses beyond those specified. Medical school applicants should check entrance requirements for the school to which they apply. Participants in the program may participate in the cooperative education program.

Lower Division Requirements

(total 57 credit hours)

Students must complete all of

MBB 221-3 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry

BISC 101-4 General Biology

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 126-2 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

KIN 205-3 Introduction to Human Physiology

MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra

MATH 251-3 Calculus III

MATH 252-3 Vector Calculus

PHYS 211-3 Intermediate Mechanics

PHYS 221-3 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 234-3 Computers in Physics Laboratory(a)

PHYS 285-3 Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

and one of

CMPT 101-4 Introduction to Programming

CMPT 102-3 Introduction to Scientific Computer Programming

and one of

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 154-3 Calculus I for the Biological Sciences

and one of

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 155-3 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences

and one of

PHYS 101-3 General Physics I

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

and one of

PHYS 102-3 General Physics II

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

and one of

PHYS 130-2 General Physics Laboratory

PHYS 131-2 Physics Laboratory I

Upper Division Requirements

(total 56-61 credit hours)

Core

CHEM 360-3 Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics

KIN 301-3 Biomechanics Laboratory(b)

KIN 305-3 Human Physiology I(c)

KIN 306-3 Human Physiology II(c)

KIN 407-3 Human Physiology Laboratory

MATH 310-3 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

PHYS 324-3 Electromagnetics

PHYS 326-3 Electronics and Instrumentation

PHYS 331-3 Electronics Laboratory

PHYS 384-3 Methods of Theoretical Physics I

PHYS 432-5 Undergraduate Honors Thesis*

*supervised jointly by physics and kinesiology

and three of

KIN 326-3 Functional Anatomy

KIN 412-3 Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

KIN 415-3 Neural Control of Movement

KIN 416-3 Control of Limb Mechanics

KIN 418-4 Electrophysiological Techniques Laboratory

KIN 426-3 Neuromuscular Anatomy

KIN 442-3 Biomedical Systems

KIN 485-4 Human Factors in the Underwater Environment

and three of

NUSC 341-3 Introduction to Radiochemistry

PHYS 332-3 Optics Laboratory

PHYS 355-3 Optics

PHYS 395-3 Computational Physics

PHYS 413-3 Advanced Mechanics

PHYS 415-3 Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 425-3 Electromagnetic Theory

PHYS 430-5 Digital Electronics and Interfacing

PHYS 431-4 Advanced Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 445-3 Statistical Physics

PHYS 455-3 Applied Optics

PHYS 484-3 Nonlinear Physics

Additional courses must be taken to total 132 credit hours. Students may choose to graduate in either the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Applied Science and should choose their electives accordingly.

Notes:

Minor Program

Students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours from upper division physics courses numbered 300 and above (excluding PHYS special topics courses), together with all the prerequisites for those courses.

Nuclear Science Courses

NUSC 442 and 485 may be counted as upper division physics courses in physics major, honors and minor programs.

Engineering Transfer Program

The Department of Physics participates in an engineering transfer program. Satisfactory program completion gains standing in the Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering) at the University of British Columbia.

Other Programs and General Notes

Chemical Physics Programs

An honors and a major program in chemical physics are offered jointly with the Department of Chemistry.

Mathematical Physics Program

This program is offered jointly with the Department of Mathematics. Entry requires permission of both departments.

Nuclear Science Minor Program

This minor program is offered jointly with the Department of Chemistry.

Cooperative Education Program

Dr. J.C. Irwin, physics coop coordinator, 778.782 3160/4465

Ms. C. Horvath, Faculty of Science coop coordinator, 778.782 3270

Cooperative education combines academic studies with related work experience. The student spends a four semesters off campus in study-related jobs. Arrangements for work experiences are made through the coop coordinators.



Please email the Webmaster with any comments or problems with this website. Calendar Home Page Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Canada
1-778.782.3224
Index : searchable with the Find function in your web browser Calendar.pdfs Office of the Registrar / SFU
Table of Contents : searchable with the Find function in your web browser Course Database or Course Outlines
(opens in new window)
Financial Assistance