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Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Chemical Physics Honours

Bachelor of Science

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

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

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

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students wishing to enrol in physics courses must obtain a C- grade or better in prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming, in addition to the following requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

Complete all of

CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 125 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Bennet
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D117 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHEM 126 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

Experiments in chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, qualitative analysis, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Garry Mund
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA02 Garry Mund
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA03 Garry Mund
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA04 Garry Mund
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA05 Garry Mund
We 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA06 Garry Mund
Mo 6:30 PM – 10:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
CHEM 215 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory (4)

The principles of analytical chemistry and their practical application to solution samples. Titrimetric and electrochemical methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and 126, both with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 210 or 216 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CHEM 230 - Inorganic Chemistry (3)

The chemistry of the elements and their inorganic compounds in terms of fundamental concepts of periodicity of properties, valence, ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, stability of oxidation states, bonding, structure and stereochemistry. Co-ordination complexes and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a minimum grade of C-. Students who expect to take further courses in inorganic chemistry should take CHEM 230 concurrently with CHEM 236W. Quantitative.

CHEM 236W - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (3)

An introduction to the synthetic and spectroscopic techniques used in the preparation and characterization of both main group and transition metal compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 126 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 230. Students with credit for CHEM 236 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

CHEM 266 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (2)

Fundamental principles of experimental physical chemistry from the microscopic perspective. Modern experiments in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Nas Yousefi
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 8055, Burnaby
LA02 Nas Yousefi
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 8055, Burnaby
CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Students with credit for CHEM 280 or CHEM 285 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

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 Vijaykumar Singh
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D300 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP03 TBD
MATH 251 - Calculus III (3)

Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152; 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 Jamie Mulholland
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 Razvan Fetecau
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
MATH 260 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240. Students with credit for MATH 310 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steven Ruuth
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Andrei Frolov
Mo 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
PHYS 133 - Physics Laboratory II (1) *

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions), with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 102 or 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Paul Haljan
Neil Alberding
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LA02 Paul Haljan
Neil Alberding
We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LA03 Paul Haljan
Neil Alberding
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 David Broun
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
PHYS 211 - Intermediate Mechanics (3)

An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, non-inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240; PHYS 255 or ENSC 380. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew DeBenedictis
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
PHYS 233 - Physics Laboratory III (3)

Statistical data analysis, experimental design and scientific communication, studied in the context of experiments spanning a range of physical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 133 or PHYS 141 or ENSC 280, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: CMPT 120. Quantitative.

PHYS 255 - Vibrations and Waves (3)

The physics of vibrations and waves. Topics include periodic motion, including free and forced oscillations, coupled oscillators, normal modes, and waves in one and higher dimensions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Quantitative.

and one of

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 Sophie Burrill
Mo, Tu, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP03 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 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 Luis Goddyn
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Seyyed Aliasghar Hosseini
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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 Jonathan Jedwab
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

and one of

CHEM 260 - Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy (4)

Elements of physical chemistry from the molecular point of view. Introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, MATH 152, and PHYS 121, 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B), all with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 232. PHYS 285 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 260. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Krzysztof Starosta
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LA01 TBD
PHYS 285 - Quantum I (3)

The concepts of quantum mechanics introduced through two-level systems and explored in a way that requires only familiarity with general concepts of linear algebra. Introduction to concepts in classical and quantum information theory, bits and qubits, quantum dynamics, quantum communication and cryptography, and quantum circuits. Prerequisite: Either MATH 232 or MATH 240, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Simmons
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

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. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthias Danninger
Paul Haljan
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 151. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. 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, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bernd Stelzer
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 152. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. 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
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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.

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

+ recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Complete all of

CHEM 340 - Materials Chemistry (3)

Bonding in solid state materials. Introduction to symmetry and its applications in materials science. Structure and physical properties of solid state materials. Prerequisite: Completion of 60 units in a science or applied science program, including first year chemistry, physics and calculus. CHEM 230 is strongly recommended. Quantitative.

CHEM 366W - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (3) ++

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

CHEM 462 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3)

Atomic spectra. Electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules. The Raman effect. Nuclear and electron spin resonance. Symmetry classification of molecules and their energy levels. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 or PHYS 285, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 321 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Development and application of Maxwell's equations in vector differential form. Notation and theorems of vector calculus; electric charge, fields, potentials, capacitance and field energy; conductors; methods for solving electrostatic problems; electric fields in matter; electrical current and the magnetic field; Ampere's law and the vector potential; magnetic fields in matter; electromotive force, electrical resistance, Faraday's law and inductance; Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260 or MATH 310. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-, unless specified. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Levon Pogosian
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211; PHYS 255 or ENSC 320. All prerequisite courses require 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
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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, both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

and one of

CHEM 360 - Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 251. MBB 323 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 360. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Iain Mckenzie
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

and one of

CHEM 460 - Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)

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

PHYS 445 - Statistical Physics (3)

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Malcolm Kennett
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and one of

CHEM 364 - Quantum Chemistry (3)

Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and its principal results and techniques as applied to atoms and molecules: atomic structure, molecular bonding, rotations and vibrations of molecules, symmetry of atomic and molecular orbitals. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 or PHYS 285, MATH 232, and MATH 251, all with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 260 or MATH 310. Students with credit for CHEM 464 may not take this course for further credit. PHYS 385 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 364.

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. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211. Quantitative.

and one of

CHEM 440 - Solid State Materials Chemistry (3)

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Zuo-guang Ye
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
PHYS 465 - Solid State Physics (3)

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

and one of

CHEM 481 - Undergraduate Research (5)

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

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

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD

and one of

PHYS 326 - Electronics and Instrumentation (4)

Circuits and circuit theory, passive and active devices, amplifiers, feedback, modern measurement techniques and instrumentation. Prerequisite: PHYS 234 with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 332W - Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Experiments investigating a range of physical phenomena such as Brownian motion, molecular order, chaotic dynamics, Doppler broadening of stellar spectra, and biophysical forces using techniques such as interference, optical trapping, and spectroscopy. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, modeling of experimental results, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Biological Physics students will do a selected set of experiments. Prerequisite: PHYS 233; PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, both with a minimum grade of C-. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
LA01 John Bechhoefer
Tu 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCP 9413, Burnaby

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

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

University Honours Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
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.