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Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2023

Chemical Physics Major

Bachelor of Science

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

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tim Storr
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D106 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D108 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D110 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D111 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D112 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D114 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D115 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D200 James Zhou
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
D202 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
D203 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
LA03 Julie Lunniss
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB03 Julie Lunniss
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LC01 James Zhou
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC02 James Zhou
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LE01 TBD
LE02 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 Charles Walsby
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D111 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D114 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D115 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D117 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D118 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D119 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D200 M Khaled Arafeh
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D205 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D206 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
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
LA03 Declan Roshea
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA04 Declan Roshea
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LA06 Declan Roshea
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7071, Burnaby
LC01 M Khaled Arafeh
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC02 M Khaled Arafeh
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC05 M Khaled Arafeh
We 9:00 AM – 12:50 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
CHEM 210 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (2)

The principles of analytical chemistry and their practical application to solution samples. Titrimetric and electrochemical methods. This course has the same lecture component as CHEM 215 but no laboratory work. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 215 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bingyun Sun
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
D101 Bingyun Sun
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
CHEM 216 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Experiments in analytical chemistry, including analysis of solution samples, titrimetric and electroanalytical methods. This course has the same laboratory component as CHEM 215. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and CHEM 126, both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 210. Students with credit for CHEM 215 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Dev Sharma
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 8055, Burnaby
LA02 Dev Sharma
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 8055, Burnaby
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 Carla Pretorius
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 8055, Burnaby
LA02 Carla Pretorius
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nabyl Merbouh
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D104 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D105 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D107 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D109 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D110 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D111 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
LA04 Patricia Somers
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA05 Patricia Somers
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB04 Patricia Somers
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB05 Patricia Somers
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB07 Patricia Somers
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LE01 TBD
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 Ralf Wittenberg
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Jamie Mulholland
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D300 Nathan Ilten
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D400 Luis Goddyn
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
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 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 Justin Gray
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9002, 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, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nilima Nigam
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5008, 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 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 John Stockie
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D104 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5008, 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 Jean-Francois Caron
Sessional
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 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Jeff Sonier
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 David Broun
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5037, 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 Matthias Danninger
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10075, 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 120, 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 Joanna Niezen
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D105 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D107 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D108 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D401 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D402 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D403 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2740, 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 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
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D400 Abraham Punnen
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 5280, 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, 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 Katrina Honigs
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9000, 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
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
LA01 Mo 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCC 9058, Burnaby
LA02 Krzysztof Starosta
Mo 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9058, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, 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 Jeff Sonier
Mo, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D113 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, 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 Sarah Johnson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D105 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D112 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, 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 with a minimum grade of C- 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 Steve Dodge
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D101 Steve Dodge
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9416, 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 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D101 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 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 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA02 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey

* 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 462 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3)

Topics may include: Atomic spectra, 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, UV-Vis-NIR absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 364 or PHYS 385, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gary Leach
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
AQ 5004, Burnaby
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 Paul Haljan
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
D101 Paul Haljan
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby

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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 Paul Haljan
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
LA01 Paul Haljan
Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9413, Burnaby

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 Carla Pretorius
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101 Carla Pretorius
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10921, 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 Simon Watkins
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D101 Simon Watkins
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2122, 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 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.

and upper division chemistry, nuclear science or physics units chosen to total the number of upper division units to 40, and maintain a minimum of 15 upper division units in both chemistry and physics. A maximum of 6 units from the research courses CHEM 481, 483 and 484 and PHYS 432 may be used to satisfy the aforementioned 15 units of upper division credit.

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.