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Mathematical Physics Honours
This bachelor of science (BSc) honours program is offered jointly by the Departments of Mathematics and Physics. Entry requires permission of both.
Students should speak with an advisor as soon as possible to schedule their programs.
Graduates may undertake graduate work in mathematics or physics depending on interest. Some additional work in either mathematics or physics may be required.
Minimum Grade Requirement
Students wishing to enroll 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 must complete all of
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 

D100 
Weiran Sun 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 3520, Burnaby 
D200 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SRYE 3016, Surrey 

D300 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

OP01  TBD  
OP02  TBD  
OP03  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.
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 130, 131, or 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

LA01 
Michael Chen 
Th 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 102 or 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.
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 
Steve Dodge 
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2202, 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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
John Bechhoefer 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
AQ 3154, Burnaby 
D101 
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB 5125, Burnaby 

D102 
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
RCB 6101, Burnaby 

D103 
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 5005, Burnaby 
Introduction to modern techniques in experimental physics, including computeraided data acquisition, electronics, control theory, and statistical data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 130, 133 or 141 (no substitutions). Corequisite: PHYS 255. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Erol Girt 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 8100, Burnaby 
LA01 
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCP 9423, Burnaby 
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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Daria Ahrensmeier 
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
BLU 10011, Burnaby AQ 3150, Burnaby 
D102 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
AQ 5027, Burnaby 

D103 
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 5050, Burnaby 
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.
Basic laws of probability, sample distributions. Introduction to statistical inference and applications. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158. Students wishing an intuitive appreciation of a broad range of statistical strategies may wish to take STAT 100 first. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

C100  Distance Education  
D100 
Scott Pai 
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SWH 10081, Burnaby WMC 3520, Burnaby 
OP01  TBD 
and either both 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.
An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a highlevel language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode, data types and control structures, fundamental algorithms, computability and complexity, computer architecture, and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problemsolving tool. Prerequisite: BC Math 12 or equivalent is recommended. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129, 130 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D300 
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
AQ 3181, Burnaby 

D400 
Diana Cukierman 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 
D500 
Harinder Khangura 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SRYE 1002, Surrey 
D501 
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D502 
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D503 
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D504 
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D505 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D506 
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D507 
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D508 
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 
A second course in computing science and programming intended for students studying mathematics, statistics or actuarial science and suitable for students who already have some background in computing science and programming. Topics include: a review of the basic elements of programming: use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; fundamental algorithms and problem solving; basic objectoriented programming and software design; computation and computabiiity and specification and program correctness. Prerequisite: CMPT 102 or CMPT 120. Students with credit for CMPT 125 or 135 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
or all of
An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a highlevel language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode, data types and control structures, fundamental algorithms, computability and complexity, computer architecture, and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problemsolving tool. Prerequisite: BC Math 12 or equivalent is recommended. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129, 130 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/BreadthScience.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D300 
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
AQ 3181, Burnaby 

D400 
Diana Cukierman 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 
D500 
Harinder Khangura 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SRYE 1002, Surrey 
D501 
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D502 
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D503 
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D504 
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D505 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D506 
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D507 
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 

D508 
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SRYE 4024, Surrey 
A rigorous introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students who already have some background in computing science and programming. Intended for students who will major in computing science or a related program. Topics include: fundamental algorithms; elements of empirical and theoretical algorithmics; abstract data types and elementary data structures; basic objectoriented programming and software design; computation and computability; specification and program correctness; and history of computing science. Prerequisite: CMPT 120. Corequisite: CMPT 127. Students with credit for CMPT 126, 129, 135 or CMPT 200 or higher may not take for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Igor Shinkar 
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 3181, Burnaby SSCC 9002, Burnaby 
Builds on CMPT 120 to give a handson introduction to programming in C and C++, the basics of program design, essential algorithms and data structures. Guided labs teach the standard tools and students exploit these ideas to create software that works. To be taken in parallel with CMPT 125. Prerequisite: CMPT 120 or CMPT 128 or CMPT 130. Corequisite: CMPT 125.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Anne Lavergne 
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
ASB 9838, Burnaby 
D200 
Anne Lavergne 
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM 
ASB 9838, Burnaby 
D300 
Anne Lavergne 
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
ASB 9838, Burnaby 
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 

D100 
Sophie Burrill 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SSCB 9200, Burnaby 
D101 
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 2220, Burnaby 

D102 
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2220, Burnaby 

D103 
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
WMC 2220, Burnaby 

D104 
We 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
WMC 2810, Burnaby 

D105 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
WMC 2810, Burnaby 

D200 
Veselin Jungic 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 
D201 
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 3535, Burnaby 

D202 
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SWH 10061, Burnaby 

D203 
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SWH 10061, Burnaby 

D204 
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
WMC 2810, Burnaby 

D205 
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
WMC 2810, Burnaby 

D300 
Natalia Kouzniak 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SRYE 1002, Surrey 
D301 
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
, 

D302 
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
, 

D303 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
, 

OP01  TBD  
OP02  TBD  
OP03  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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SSCB 9200, Burnaby 

D200 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 

D300 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SRYE 1002, Surrey 

OP01  TBD 
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 
Michael Monagan 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SSCB 9201, Burnaby 
OP01  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 
Luis Goddyn 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby 
D200 
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
, 

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 
Razvan Fetecau 
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 3005, Burnaby AQ 3153, Burnaby AQ 3159, 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 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
SSCC 9001, Burnaby 
D101 
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 8105, Burnaby 

D102 
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 5005, Burnaby 

D103 
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
WMC 2507, Burnaby 

D104 
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 3515, Burnaby 

D106 
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
AQ 5005, Burnaby 

D107 
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 8105, Burnaby 

D108 
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
RCB 7105, Burnaby 

D110 
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 3513, Burnaby 

D113 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
RCB 8104, Burnaby 

D114 
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
RCB 5100, Burnaby 

D115 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
RCB 5100, Burnaby 

D116 
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
WMC 3533, Burnaby 

D119 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
BLU 11911, 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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Michel Vetterli 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Neil Alberding 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
, 
D101 
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
, 

D200 
Neil Alberding 
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
, 
D201 
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
, 

LA01 
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
, 

LA02 
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
, 
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.
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 126 or MATH 152. 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 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.
It is recommended that students also complete CHEM 121 and 122.
* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133
** students with computing experience may be able to test out of CMPT 120
+ recommended
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete a minimum of 58 units, including all of
A presentation of the problems commonly arising in numerical analysis and scientific computing and the basic methods for their solutions. Prerequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158, and MATH 232 or 240, and computing experience. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Vijaykumar Singh 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
WMC 3520, Burnaby 
D101 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

D102 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

D103 
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

D104 
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

D105 
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

D106 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 
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 

D100 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
SRYE 2016, Surrey 

D101 
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
SRYE 4016, Surrey 

D102 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SRYE 4016, Surrey 

D103 
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SRYE 4016, Surrey 

E100 
Brenda Davison 
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM 
AQ 3182, Burnaby SSCB 9200, Burnaby 
E101 
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

E102 
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

E103 
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

E104 
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

E105 
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 

E106 
Mo 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM 
WMC 2830, Burnaby 
Functions of a complex variable, differentiability, contour integrals, Cauchy's theorem, Taylor and Laurent expansions, method of residues. Prerequisite: MATH 251. Students with credit for MATH 424 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Stephen Choi 
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
AQ 3159, Burnaby 
D101 
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 5037, Burnaby 

D102 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
AQ 5037, Burnaby 

D103 
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 5008, Burnaby 
Firstorder linear equations, the method of characteristics. The wave equation. Harmonic functions, the maximum principle, Green's functions. The heat equation. Distributions and transforms. Higher dimensional eigenvalue problems. An introduction to nonlinear equations. Burgers' equation and shock waves. Prerequisite: MATH 310 and one of MATH 314, 320, 322, PHYS 384. An alternative to the above prerequisite is both of MATH 254 and MATH 310, both with grades of at least A. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Weiran Sun 
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
and one of
Convergence in Euclidean spaces, Fourier series and their convergence, Legendre polynomials, Hermite and Laguerre polynomials. Prerequisite: MATH 232 or 240 and one of MATH 314, 320, 322, PHYS 384. Students with credit for MATH 420 or MATH 719 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.
and one of
Formulation, analysis and numerical solution of continuous mathematical models. Applications may be selected from topics in physics, biology, engineering and economics. Prerequisite: MATH 310 and one of MATH 314, MACM 316, MATH 418, PHYS 384. An alternative to the above prerequisite is both of MATH 251 and MATH 310, both with grades of at least B+. Students with credit for MATH 361 or MATH 761 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.
Incompressible fluid flow phenomena: kinematics and equations of motion, viscous flow and boundary layer theory, potential flow, water waves. Aerodynamics. Prerequisite: one of MATH 314, MATH 418, PHYS 384. An alternative to the above prerequisite is both of MATH 251 and MATH 310, both with grades of at least B+. Quantitative.
The topics included in this course will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest. Prerequisite: Will be specified according to the particular topic or topics offered under this course number.
and one of
Data structures and algorithms for mathematical objects. Topics include long integer arithmetic, computing polynomial greatest common divisors, the fast Fourier transform, Hensel's lemma and padic methods, differentiation and simplification of formulae, and polynomial factorization. Students will use a computer algebra system such as Maple for calculations and programming. Prerequisite: CMPT 307 or MATH 332 or MATH 340. Quantitative.
Development of numerical methods for solving linear algebra problems at the heart of many scientific computing problems. Mathematical foundations for the use, implementation and analysis of the algorithms used for solving many optimization problems and differential equations. Prerequisite: MATH 251, MACM 316, programming experience. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Nilima Nigam 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2532, Burnaby 
Stability and bifurcation in continuous and discrete dynamical systems, with applications. The study of the local and global behaviour of linear and nonlinear systems, including equilibria and periodic orbits, phase plane analysis, conservative systems, limit cycles, the PoincareBendixson theorem, Hopf bifurcation and an introduction to chaos. Prerequisite: MATH 310. Quantitative.
and all of
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.
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: Either PHYS 233 or both (PHYS 231 and either CHEM 266 or PHYS 347) and either PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, all with a minimum grade of C. PHYS 347 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 332 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Barbara Frisken 
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SSCP 8445.2, Burnaby 
D101 
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 
SSCP 8446, Burnaby 

LA01 
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
SSCP 9413, Burnaby 
Applications of mathematical methods in physics, differential equations of physics, eigenvalue problems, solutions to wave equations. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or 254; MATH 310; PHYS 255 or ENSC 320, with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: PHYS 211. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Malcolm Kennett 
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
AQ 5008, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Joanna Woo 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 5037, Burnaby 
Central forces, rigid body motion, small oscillations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C or permission of the department. Nonphysics majors may enter with MATH 252, 310 and PHYS 211, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Levon Pogosian 
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM 
WMC 2202, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
SWH 10051, 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.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Mike Hayden 
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM 
SSCK 9500, Burnaby 
D101 
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM 
WMC 2522, Burnaby 
and two of
Computerbased approaches to solving complex physical problems. Includes topics such as MonteCarlo and molecular dynamics techniques applied to thermal properties of materials; dynamical behavior of systems, including chaotic motion; methods for ground state determination and optimization, including NewtonRaphson, simulated annealing, neural nets, and genetic algorithms: symplectic methods; and analysis of numerical data. Prerequisite: MATH 310, PHYS 255, CMPT 102, 120, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: PHYS 344 or equivalent. Quantitative.
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  TBD 
Optical physics, including geometrical and physical optics, waves in anisotropic media, coherence, image formation and Fourier optics, guided wave optics and selected advanced topics such as lasers, nonlinear optics, photonics and quantum optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 or 221, with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: PHYS 385. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Jeffrey McGuirk 
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM 
BLU 10921, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM 
AQ 5006, Burnaby 
Crystal structure, lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids, free electron model, band theory, and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 385, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Karen kavanagh 
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 
AQ 5008, Burnaby 
D101 
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM 
AQ 5030, Burnaby 
Gravity and spacetime, Einstein's equations and their solution, tests of relativity, black holes, stellar equilibrium and collapse, and cosmological models. Prerequisite: PHYS 285 or MATH 471; PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C. Quantitative.
Section  Instructor  Day/Time  Location 

D100 
Andrew DeBenedictis 
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM 
RCB 5118, Burnaby 
*or both of MATH 498 and MATH 499W
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.