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Mathematical Physics Honours

Bachelor of Science

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

MATH 242 - Introduction to Analysis I (3)

Mathematical induction. Limits of real sequences and real functions. Continuity and its consequences. The mean value theorem. The fundamental theorem of calculus. Series. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155 or 158 with a grade of B. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tom Archibald
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D103
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
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; 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 David Muraki
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
OP01
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. 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
BLU 10021, Burnaby
D101
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D102
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
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 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
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 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA03 Barbara Frisken
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9412, Burnaby
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 Steve Dodge
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2532, 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: 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.

PHYS 231 - Physics Laboratory III (3)

Introduction to modern techniques in experimental physics, including computer-aided data acquisition, electronics, control theory, and statistical data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 130, 133 or 141 (no substitutions). Corequisite: PHYS 255. Quantitative.

PHYS 233 - Physics Laboratory IV (3)

Statistical data analysis, experimental design and scientific communication, studied in the context of experiments spanning a range of physical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 231 or ENSC 280. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steve Dodge
TBD
D101 Steve Dodge
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9423, 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 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.

PHYS 285 - Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (3)

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, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D101
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

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
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D100 Scott Pai
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D900 Scott Pai
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SUR 2750, Surrey
SUR 2750, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP09
TBD

and either both of

CMPT 102 - Introduction to Scientific Computer Programming (3)

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.

or CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I (3) **

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 high-level 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 problem-solving 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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D200
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D400 Bobby Chan
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D401 Bobby Chan
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D402 Bobby Chan
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D403 Bobby Chan
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D404 Bobby Chan
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D405 Bobby Chan
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D406 Bobby Chan
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D407 Bobby Chan
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D408 Bobby Chan
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
E100
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
CMPT 129 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Mathematics and Statistics (3)

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 object-oriented 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Janice Regan
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 Janice Regan
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D102 Janice Regan
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D103 Janice Regan
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D104 Janice Regan
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D105 Janice Regan
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D106 Janice Regan
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby

or all of

CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I (3) **

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 high-level 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 problem-solving 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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D200
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D400 Bobby Chan
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D401 Bobby Chan
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D402 Bobby Chan
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D403 Bobby Chan
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D404 Bobby Chan
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D405 Bobby Chan
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D406 Bobby Chan
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D407 Bobby Chan
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
D408 Bobby Chan
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYE 4024, Surrey
E100
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
CMPT 125 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming II (3)

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 object-oriented 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 Mo Chen
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
CMPT 127 - Computing Laboratory (3)

Builds on CMPT 120 to give a hands-on 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

MATH 125 - Introduction to Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences-l (3)

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 constant-coefficient 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.

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 Veselin Jungic
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D102
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D103
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D104
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D200 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3170, Surrey
D201
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3240, Surrey
D202
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3240, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP02
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.

and one of

MATH 126 - Introduction to Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences-ll (3)

Partial differentiation and applications. Taylor series of functions of two variables. Method of characteristics for 1-D 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.

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; 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 Steven Ruuth
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D300 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
OP01
TBD
OP02
TBD

and one of

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; 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 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 JF Williams
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
OP01
TBD
OP02
TBD
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; 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 Stephen Choi
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
OP01
TBD

and one of

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 must precede or be taken concurrently. 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 Stephanie Simmons
Jeff Sonier
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D103
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D105
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D106
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D107
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D108
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D109
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D110
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D111
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D112
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3) +

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 first-year 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.

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.

and one of

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 (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/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Haljan
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D103
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D104
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D105
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D106
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D107
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D108
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D109
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D110
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D111
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D112
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D113
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3) +

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hayden
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
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, 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.

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

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

MACM 316 - Numerical Analysis I (3)

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 John Stockie
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
MATH 310 - 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; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D104
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D105
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D106
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
MATH 320 - Introduction to Analysis II (3)

Sequences and series of functions, topology of sets in Euclidean space, introduction to metric spaces, functions of several variables. Prerequisite: MATH 242 and 251. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Weiran Sun
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D101
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
MATH 322 - Complex Variables (3)

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.

MATH 418 - Partial Differential Equations (3)

First-order 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.

and one of

MATH 419 - Linear Analysis (3)

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.

MATH 424 - Complex Analysis (3)

Conformal mapping, Cauchy Integral Formula, Analytic Continuation, Riemann Mapping Theorem, Argument Principle. Prerequisite: MATH 320 and either MATH 322 or 254, or permission of the instructor. Quantitative.

MATH 425 - Real Analysis (3)

Metric spaces, normed vector spaces, measure and integration, an introduction to functional analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 320. Quantitative.

and one of

MATH 461 - Continuous Mathematical Models (3)

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.

MATH 462 - Fluid Dynamics (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Muraki
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
MATH 495 - Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Razvan Fetecau
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby

and one of

MACM 401 - Introduction to Computer Algebra (3)

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 p-adic 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.

MACM 409 - Numerical Linear Algebra: Algorithms, Implementation and Applications (3)

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.

MACM 416 - Numerical Analysis II (3)

The numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations will be considered. Prerequisite: MATH 310 and MACM 316. Quantitative.

MATH 467 - Dynamical Systems (3)

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 Poincare-Bendixson theorem, Hopf bifurcation and an introduction to chaos. Prerequisite: MATH 310. Quantitative.

and all of

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 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 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
D102
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D104
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D105
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3511, 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: 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.

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; MATH 251; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Chen
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
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 310; PHYS 255 or ENSC 320, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 211. Quantitative.

PHYS 385 - Quantum Mechanics I (3)

Wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation, the harmonic oscillator, introduction to Dirac notation, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, atomic structure, time-independent 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.

PHYS 413 - Advanced Mechanics (3)

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. Non-physics majors may enter with MATH 252, 310 and PHYS 211, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 415 - Quantum Mechanics II (3)

Foundations of quantum mechanics, time-dependent perturbation theory, radiation, variational methods, scattering theory, advanced topics, and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 385; PHYS 384 or both MATH 314 and MATH 419; all 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 5004, Burnaby
D101 Eundeok Mun
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
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. Students with credit for PHYS 324 or 425 may not take PHYS 421 for further credit. 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simon Watkins
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D101 Simon Watkins
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby

and two of

PHYS 390 - Introduction to Cosmology and Astrophysics (3)

Evolution of the universe, modern cosmological models, origins of matter and entropy in the universe. Big Bang nucleosynthesis, formation of large scale structure and galaxies, planetary systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 211; CHEM 120 or CHEM 121; both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew DeBenedictis
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D101 Andrew Debenedictis
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
PHYS 395 - Computational Physics (3)

Computer-based approaches to solving complex physical problems. Includes topics such as Monte-Carlo 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 Newton-Raphson, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eldon Emberly
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCP 9423, Burnaby
SSCP 9423, Burnaby
D101
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCP 9423, Burnaby
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.

PHYS 455 - Modern Optics (3)

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.

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, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 485 - Particle Physics (3)

Physics of elementary particles. Symmetries, strong interactions, electromagnetic interactions, weak interaction. Prerequisite: PHYS 385 or CHEM 364, with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the department. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michel Vetterli
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D101 Michel Vetterli
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
PHYS 490 - General Relativity and Gravitation (3)

Gravity and space-time, 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.

*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 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
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: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units 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.