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Physics Honours
This bachelor of science (BSc) honours program provides an indepth understanding of basic physics in preparation for postgraduate study in physics and closely related disciplines.
Students should speak with an advisor as soon as possible to schedule their programs.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Students wishing to enrol in physics courses must obtain a C grade or better in prerequisite courses.
Program Requirements
Students complete 120 units, as specified below.
Lower Division Requirements
Students complete a minimum total of 47 units, including all of
A programming course which will provide the science student with a working knowledge of a scientific programming language and an introduction to computing concepts, structured programming, and modular design. The student will also gain knowledge in the use of programming environments including the use of numerical algorithm packages. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 (or 158). Students with credit for CMPT 120, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
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; 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 

E100 
Steven Ruuth 
Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM 
WMC 3520, Burnaby 
OP01 

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. MATH 240 or 232 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for MATH 254 may not take MATH 252 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mary Catherine Kropinski 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
AQ 3003, Burnaby 
D101 

Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 4130, Burnaby 
D102 

Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
AQ 4130, 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 120 or 125. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

LA03 
Sarah Johnson 
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCP 9412, Burnaby 
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). Corequisite: PHYS 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

LA03 
Michael Chen 
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCP 9412, 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 126 or PHYS 141, (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B).
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Nancy Forde 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 4140, Burnaby 
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: PHYS 126 or 121 or 141, with a minimum grade of C (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B). Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended: MATH 310 and PHYS 255. 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 121 or 141 with a minimum C grade; or PHYS 101 and 102 with a grade of B or better. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended concurrent: PHYS 211 and MATH 310. Quantitative.
Special relativity, including relativistic kinematics and dynamics; tests of relativity; matter waves and early quantum models; wave mechanics and its application to molecular, atomic and subatomic systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 255, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Bernd Stelzer 
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SECB 1010, Burnaby SECB 1014, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 5009, Burnaby 
D102 

Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5009, Burnaby 
and one of
Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 111. Students may not count both CHEM 120 and 121 for credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Tim Storr 
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
SSCB 9201, Burnaby SSCC 9001, Burnaby 
D101 

We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB 7100, Burnaby 
D102 

We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 2104, Burnaby 
D103 

We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 2104, Burnaby 
D104 

We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SECB 1013, Burnaby 
D105 

Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
RCB 5118, Burnaby 
D106 

Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB 5118, Burnaby 
D107 

Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
RCB 5120, Burnaby 
D108 

Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 5008, Burnaby 
D109 

Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB 5118, Burnaby 
D110 

Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 5118, Burnaby 
D111 

Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
BLU 9655, Burnaby 
D112 

Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
BLU 9655, Burnaby 
LA04 
Cameron Forde 
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7079, Burnaby 
LA06 
Cameron Forde 
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7079, Burnaby 
LB04 
Cameron Forde 
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7079, Burnaby 
LB06 
Cameron Forde 
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCC 7079, Burnaby 
LE01 

TBD 
An enriched chemistry course, covering atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions, focusing on current chemistry research and applications. The topics will be covered with more sophistication than in other 1st year chemistry courses, and thus a thorough mastery of highschool chemistry will be assumed. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: By permission of the Department. BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 111. Students may not count more than one of CHEM 120, 121 or 123 for credit. Recommended: MATH 125 (or 151 or 154) and PHYS 125 (or 120 or 101) as a corequisite. Quantitative.
and one of
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 121 or 120. Recommended: MATH 152 (or 155) and PHYS 121 (or 102) as a corequisite. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
John Canal 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SSCC 9001, Burnaby 
D101 

We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
TASC2 8500, Burnaby 
D102 

We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
TASC2 8500, Burnaby 
D103 

We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
TASC2 8500, Burnaby 
D104 

We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 5120, Burnaby 
D105 

We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
RCB 7100, Burnaby 
D106 

We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 4150, Burnaby 
D107 

We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
BLU 10011, Burnaby 
D108 

Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
AQ 5039, Burnaby 
D109 

Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
BLU 9655, Burnaby 
D110 

Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
BLU 10655, Burnaby 
D111 

Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 5039, Burnaby 
D112 

Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
BLU 10655, Burnaby 
D200 
James Zhou 
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2600, Surrey 
D201 

Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D202 

Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D203 

Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D204 

Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D205 

Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D206 

Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
D300 
James Zhou 
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2600, Surrey 
D301 

Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SUR 2980, Surrey 
An enriched chemistry course, covering chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics, energy and nuclear science, focusing on current chemistry research and applications. The topics will be covered with more sophistication than in other 1st year chemistry courses, and thus a thorough mastery of highschool chemistry will be assumed. Prerequisite: CHEM 123; or CHEM 121 (or 120) and permission of the Department. Students may not count more than one of CHEM 122 or 124 for credit. Corequisite: Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 124 concurrently with CHEM 126. Recommended: MATH 126 (or 152 or 155) and PHYS 126 (or 121 or 102) as a corequisite. Quantitative.
and one of
Review of limits and differentiation. Complex numbers and link to polar coordinates. Mathematics of kinematics, including vectors and parametrics curves. Area and Riemann sums. Definite and indefinite integration. Fundamental Theorems of Calculus. Techniques of integration and approximation of integrals. Series and tests of convergence. Taylor series. Solution of first and constantcoefficient second order ODE. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or MATH 151 or MATH 154 with a grade of at least B or IB Mathematics HL with a score of 6 or better or AP Calculus AB or BC with a grade of at least 4, or BC Calculus 12 and a pass on the Calculus Challenge Exam. And Permission of the Department. Recommended corequisite: Physics 125.
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 

C100  Distance Education  
D100 
Yusuf Tuncer 
Mo, Tu, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 3520, Burnaby 
D200 
Justine Gauthier 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2750, Surrey SUR 2750, Surrey 
OP01 

TBD  
OP02 

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
Partial differentiation and applications. Taylor series of functions of two variables. Method of characteristics for 1D transport and wave equations. Similarity solutions including plane waves, traveling waves and scaling solutions, with applications in the physical sciences. Introduction to vector calculus, including differentiation, decompositions via potentials. Curvilinear coordinate systems. Multivariate integration, including Green's, the Stokes and the Divergence theorem. Introduction to abstract vector spaces. Linear independence. Inner products and orthogonality. Fourier Series. Prerequisite: A grade of C+ or higher in Math 125 or Math 152. And Permission of the Department. Recommended corequisite: Physics 126.
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; 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 
Brenda Davison 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SSCC 9001, Burnaby 
D200 
Sepehr Foroushani 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SUR 5280, Surrey 
D300 
Jamie Mulholland 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 2810, Burnaby 
OP01 

TBD  
OP02 

TBD 
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; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 make not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Cedric Chauve 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SSCC 9001, Burnaby 
D200 
Randall Pyke 
Mo, We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SUR 3090, Surrey 
OP01 

TBD  
OP02 

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; 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 
Simone Brugiapaglia 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
OP01 

TBD 
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 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Erol Girt 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 3181, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
TASC2 7201, Burnaby 
D102 

Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
BLU 10901, Burnaby 
D103 

Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
AQ 5050, Burnaby 
D104 

Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
RCB 7101, Burnaby 
D105 

We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
RCB 7102, Burnaby 
D106 

We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 5008, Burnaby 
D107 

We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
RCB 7101, Burnaby 
D108 

We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
RCB 6100, Burnaby 
D109 

Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
AQ 5050, Burnaby 
D110 

Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
RCB 8106, Burnaby 
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 125 or MATH 151. 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 must precede or be taken concurrently. 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 (or PHYS 101 with a grade of A or B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. 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 
Levon Pogosian Paul Haljan 
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 3182, Burnaby RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 
D101 

We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
RCB 6101, Burnaby 
D102 

We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
RCB 7101, Burnaby 
D103 

We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
RCB 7102, Burnaby 
D104 

We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
RCB 7102, Burnaby 
D106 

Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB 8104, Burnaby 
D107 

Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
RCB 8105, Burnaby 
D108 

Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 8104, Burnaby 
D109 

Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
RCB 8104, Burnaby 
D110 

Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
RCB 8104, 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 and permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 126 or MATH 152. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mike Hayden 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 5006, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 5030, Burnaby 
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 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Neil Alberding 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
D101 
Neil Alberding 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
D200 
Neil Alberding 
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
D201 
Neil Alberding 
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
LA01 
Neil Alberding 
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
LA02 
Neil Alberding 
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SUR 2975, Surrey 
* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133
+ recommended
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete a minimum total of 53 units, including all of
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; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

E100 
Razvan Fetecau 
Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM 
AQ 3005, Burnaby 
E101 

Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 
E102 

Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
WMC 2532, Burnaby 
E103 

Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
WMC 3220, Burnaby 
E104 

Mo 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 
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 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or 254; MATH 310, with a minimum grade of C. Students with credit for PHYS 221 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mike Hayden 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SSCC 9002, Burnaby SSCK 9500, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 5014, Burnaby 
D103 

Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
TASC2 8500, Burnaby 
D105 

Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
TASC2 8500, Burnaby 
Experiments in optics and modern physics, including diffraction, interference, spectroscopy, lasers and holography. Engineering Science students will do a selected set of experiments. Prerequisite: Either PHYS 233 or both (PHYS 231 and CHEM 266) and either PHYS 285 or CHEM 260 all with a minimum grade of C. Students with credit for PHYS 332 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.
Heat, temperature, heat transfer, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, heat engines, applications of thermodynamics to special systems, phase transitions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, MATH 251. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
David Sivak 
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5018, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5037, Burnaby 
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, with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: PHYS 211; MATH 310. Quantitative.
Foundations of quantum mechanics, timedependent perturbation theory, radiation, variational methods, scattering theory, advanced topics, and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 385 and either PHYS 384 or MATH 314 and 419, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Eundeok Mun 
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5005, Burnaby 
D101 

Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5028, Burnaby 
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. Students with credit for PHYS 324 or 425 may not take PHYS 421 for further credit. Quantitative.
Undergraduate research and preparation of an honours thesis over two consecutive 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.
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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
David Broun 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 5005, Burnaby 
D101 

Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 5004, Burnaby 
and twelve additional upper division credits in physics. PHYS 346 cannot be used to meet this requirement.
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 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.