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Physics Major

Bachelor of Science

This bachelor of science (BSc) program offers a solid physics background with the opportunity to explore other disciplines.

Because of flexibility in upper division physics requirements, students can plan their own upper division courses to fit their individual objectives. Students are advised to consult an advisor when planning, and to have their program approved.

Minimum Grade Requirement

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

Program 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daniel Leznoff
Jeffrey Warren
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D106 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D108 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D109 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D110 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D111 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D112 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D113 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D114 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D115 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D116 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D117 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D200 Daniel Leznoff
Jeffrey Warren
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D201 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D202 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D203 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D204 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D205 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D300 Garry Mund
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D301 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D302 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D303 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D304 TBD
D305 TBD
D306 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D307 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
D400 Garry Mund
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D401 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
LA02 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA03 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA06 Julie Lunniss
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB02 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB03 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB06 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB12 Julie Lunniss
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB13 Julie Lunniss
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB14 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB16 Julie Lunniss
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LC01 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC02 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC03 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC04 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC05 Garry Mund
We 10:00 AM – 1:50 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LE01 TBD
LE02 TBD
LE03 TBD
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, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D104 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D106 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D107 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
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, e.g. Python. The students will be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode; data types and control structures; fundamental algorithms; recursion; reading and writing files; measuring performance of algorithms; debugging tools; basic terminal navigation using shell commands. 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 Angelica Lim
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D200 Diana Cukierman
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D300 Diana Cukierman
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D400 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
SRYE 1002, Surrey
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, with a minimum grade of C-; 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
SWH 10081, Burnaby
OP01 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 with a minimum grade of C-; 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 Jake Levinson
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D200 Marni Julie Mishna
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D400 Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 5280, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP03 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, all with a minimum grade of C-. MATH 240 or 232 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for MATH 254 may not take MATH 252 for further credit. Quantitative.

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 with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 155 or 158, with a grade of at least B; MATH 232 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for MATH 310 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tom Archibald
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D104 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D105 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D400 Ralf Wittenberg
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D401 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D402 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
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 Andrew Debenedictis
Th 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 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

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
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10921, 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.

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 120, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: CMPT 120. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 TBD
LA02 Barbara Frisken
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9423, Burnaby
PHYS 234 - Physics Laboratory IV (3)

Introduction to modern techniques in experimental physics, including computer-aided data acquisition, electronics, control theory, and statistical data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 233 and PHYS 255, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for PHYS 231 may not take this course for further credit. 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Broun
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10021, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D103 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
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.

and either

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 computability and specification and program correctness. Prerequisite: CMPT 102 or CMPT 120, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMPT 125 or 135 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

or both of

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: memory management; fundamental algorithms; formally analyzing the running time of algorithms; abstract data types and elementary data structures; object-oriented programming and software design; specification and program correctness; reading and writing files; debugging tools; shell commands. Prerequisite: CMPT 120 or CMPT 130, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMPT 126, 129, 135 or CMPT 200 or higher may not take this course 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 3182, Burnaby
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Igor Shinkar
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D102 Igor Shinkar
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D103 Igor Shinkar
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D104 Igor Shinkar
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D105 Igor Shinkar
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D106 Igor Shinkar
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D107 Igor Shinkar
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby
D108 Igor Shinkar
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
ASB 9838, Burnaby

or

MACM 203 - Computing with Linear Algebra (2)

Using a mathematical software package for doing calculations in linear algebra. Development of computer models that analyze and illustrate applications of linear algebra. All calculations and experiments will be done in the Matlab software package. Topics include: large-scale matrix calculations, experiments with cellular automata, indexing, searching and ranking pages on the internet, population models, data fitting and optimization, image analysis, and cryptography. Prerequisite: One of CMPT 102, 120, 126, 128 or 130 and one of MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157 and one of MATH 232 or 240. MATH 232 or 240 can be taken as corequisite. Students in excess of 80 units may not take MACM 203 for further credit. Quantitative.

or

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 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 255; CMPT 120 or equivalent. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. 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, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2810, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2810, Burnaby
D200 Jamie Mulholland
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D201 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D202 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D203 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D204 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D205 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D401 Natalia Kouzniak
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D402 Natalia Kouzniak
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D403 Natalia Kouzniak
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sophie Burrill
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D200 Jamie Mulholland
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP04 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, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D400 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
,
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, with a minimum grade of C-; 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 Jake Levinson
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, 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. 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
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D105 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D109 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D110 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D111 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D112 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D113 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D114 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D115 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D116 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D117 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
D118 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2507, Burnaby
D119 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Levon Pogosian
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101 Levon Pogosian
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D101 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D200 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D201 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA01 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA02 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey

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.

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.

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

** students with computing experience may be able to test out of CMPT 120 to satisfy this requirement

+ recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Complete all of

PHYS 313 - Special Relativity (3)

A detailed presentation of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and how it revolutionized physics. Topics covered include: constancy of the speed of light, Lorentz transformations, time dilation, length contraction, relativistic paradoxes, space-time diagrams, relativistic particle kinematics and dynamics, electromagnetism as a relativistic phenomenon, and an introduction to general relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 232 or 240, 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.

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.

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 Karen Kavanagh
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D101 Karen Kavanagh
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
PHYS 385 - Quantum II (3)

Stern-Gerlach experiments and the structure of quantum mechanics; operators; angular momentum and spin; Schrödinger equation and examples for time evolution; systems of two spin-½ particles; density operators; wave mechanics in one dimension including the double slit experiment, particle in a box, scattering in one dimension, tunnelling; one-dimensional harmonic oscillator; coherent states. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260; PHYS 255; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-. Recommended Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bernd Stelzer
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D101 Bernd Stelzer
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10021, Burnaby
D102 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby

and a minimum of 12 other upper division physics units to satisfy the physics subject area requirements for a major.

University 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.