## Physics (PHYS)

Faculty of Arts and Science

## Physics 1000

Introduction to Physics ICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0Other hours: 0-0-6Calculus-based introduction to mechanics and modern physics. Concepts and problem-solving skills are emphasized. Material studied: kinematics and mechanics, and a brief introduction to nuclear physics and particle physics.Prerequisite(s): Physics 30;

One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University's Mathematics 101]Substantially Similar: Physics 1050## Physics 1050

Introduction to BiophysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0A non-calculus based introduction to biophysics, which emphasizes the application of physical principles to problems of biological significance. Material studied: animal mechanics, acoustics, radiation biophysics, and fluid properties.Prerequisite(s): One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University's Mathematics 101]Recommended Background: One course in the physical sciences at the 20 level or aboveSubstantially Similar: Physics 1000## Physics 2000

Introduction to Physics IICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0Other hours: 0-0-6The second introductory calculus-based physics course. Concepts and problem-solving skills are emphasized. Material studied: electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and circuits.Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 1560;

One of Physics 1000 (preferred), Physics 1050, or [Physics 2130 and Engineering 2000]## Physics 2020

The Physics of Everyday LifeCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Investigation of the connection between science and the world in which we live. Exploration of the fundamental science behind ordinary objects, devices, and technologies upon which we all depend in our everyday lives.Note: No mathematical or science background is required for this course.## Physics 2120

Introduction to Physics IIICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0The third introductory calculus-based physics course. Concepts and problem-solving skills are emphasized. Material studied: rotational physics, thermodynamics, gravitation, relativity, photons, and matter waves.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Mathematics 2560## Physics 2130

Waves, Optics and SoundCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-1.5-0An introductory-level, calculus-based course in waves, optics and sound. The course will cover fluids; oscillations; mechanical and sound waves; superposition and standing waves; geometric optics including refraction, reflection and optical instruments; physical optics including interference, diffraction and polarization.Prerequisite(s): Physics 30;

One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University's Mathematics 101]Corequisite(s): Mathematics 1560## Physics 2150

Quantum Mechanics ICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0An introductory course in quantum mechanics. Topics include the origin of quantum mechanics, wave properties of particles, and the Schrödinger equation and solutions in one and three dimensions.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Physics 2130;

Mathematics 2560## Physics 2800

Methods in Mathematical PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0A course which provides the tools and develops the skills required to solve physical problems typical of those encountered at the second-year level and above. Areas studied include: matrix theory and applications, ordinary differential equations, series solutions, Laplace transforms, and vector analysis.Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 1410;

Mathematics 2560Recommended Background:

Mathematics 2570## Physics 2900

Studies in Experimental Physics (Series)Credit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0Experiments are selected from areas such as analog electronics, digital electronics, mechanics, acoustics, X-ray crystallography, solid state physics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermometry, and nuclear physics.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2120;

Physics 2130## Physics 3150

Quantum Mechanics IICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0The fundamentals of quantum mechanics, starting with the wave-mechanical description of Schrödinger. Material studied: quantum states and amplitudes, simple harmonic oscillator, superposition and packet states, scattering and barrier penetration, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, identical particles, and atomic radiation.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2150;

Mathematics 2580Recommended Background: Physics 3175## Physics 3175

Electricity and MagnetismCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0The basic elements of electromagnetic theory. Material studied: electrostatics, magnetostatics, steady currents, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations in both differential and integral forms, and electric and magnetic fields in matter.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Mathematics 2580Equivalent: Physics 2600 (prior to 2004/2005)## Physics 3200

MechanicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Intermediate-level classical mechanics. Material studied: Newton's laws of motion and their applications, conservation laws, collisions, oscillators, rigid body dynamics, central forces, relativistic dynamics, introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Mathematics 2580## Physics 3400

Thermal and Statistical PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Phenomena of heat and properties of matter from a statistical point of view. Material studied: thermal equilibrium, processes and their reversibility, laws of thermodynamics and their microscopic basis, thermodynamic measurements; classical and quantum properties of matter and radiation, statistical ensembles, and distributions.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2120;

Physics 2150;

Mathematics 2580## Physics 3650

OpticsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0Classical electromagnetic waves. Physical optics. Quantum optics. Experimental work includes: constructing optical systems, use of lasers in optical measurements, holography.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Physics 2130;

Mathematics 2580Recommended Background: Physics 3175## Physics 3750

Contemporary PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-1A survey of current developments in physics. The focus will be to highlight current research interests and recent applications of physics in industry and academia. Specific topics will be presented each week in seminars given by invited speakers and staff. Pre-seminar literature will be made available, and there will be class discussions, written reports, and student presentations associated with the seminars.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2120;

Physics 2130## Physics 3800

Methods of Theoretical PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Mathematical tools essential for advanced-level courses in classical and quantum mechanics. Topics may include: complex analysis, Fourier series and integral transforms, solution of partial differential equations, special and generalized functions, Green's functions, tensors, and group theory.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2800;

Mathematics 2580## Physics 3840

Introduction to Computational PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0An introduction to numerical techniques and their application in experimental and theoretical physics. Material studied: symbolic and numeric computation, numerical analysis, and introductory programming and applications.Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 2580 or equivalentNote: Prior knowledge of physics and programming is preferred but is NOT required.## Physics 3850

Topics in PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Specific offerings will be announced prior to the semester.Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings## Physics 3900

Intermediate Experimental Physics (Series)Credit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-3-0Emphasis on techniques in experimental research such as experimental design and precise measurements. Experiments may include topics from: EM waves; solid state physics; semiconductor physics; NMR, NQR, MRI, and ESR; spectroscopy; and digital electronics.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2150;

Physics 2900## Physics 4000

Advanced Studies in Physics (Series)Credit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Subject material is chosen from advanced topics in contemporary physics.Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings## Physics 4100

Nuclear and Particle PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0An introductory survey of nuclear and modern particle physics. Topics range from the structure of nuclei and radioactivity to elementary particles such as quarks, gluons, and neutrinos, and their Feynman diagrams.Prerequisite(s): Physics 3150;

Physics 3200## Physics 4150

Quantum Mechanics IIICredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Mathematical and conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics at an advanced level. Material studied: general formalism, quantum dynamics, angular momentum, symmetries, approximate methods, scattering theory, path integrals, and interpretation.Prerequisite(s): Physics 3150;

Physics 3200## Physics 4175

The Electromagnetic InteractionCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Fundamental concepts of electromagnetic theory at an advanced level and some of their applications. Unity of electric and magnetic phenomena emphasized. Material studied: boundary value problems; energy density and energy flow; electromagnetism in relativistic notation; radiation; resonant cavities and waveguides.Prerequisite(s): Physics 3175;

Mathematics 2580Equivalent: Physics 3600 (prior to 2004/2005)## Physics 4200

Advanced MechanicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations, Lagrange and Poisson brackets, Hamilton-Jacobi equations, separation of variables, action angle variables, constants of motion, integrability, simple non-linear Hamiltonian systems, chaotic motion.Prerequisite(s): Physics 3200## Physics 4250

Solid State PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0An introductory study of the physical properties of solids. Material studied: crystalline structures; the formation of solids (different types of bonding); diffraction; energy bands in solids; and physical properties such as electrical, thermal, optical, and magnetic.Prerequisite(s): Physics 2000;

Physics 2150;

Mathematics 2580Recommended Background: Physics 3150;

Physics 3400Equivalent: Physics 3300 (prior to 2004/2005)## Physics 4650

Physics of Remote SensingCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Theoretical and applied treatment of the physical principles of remote sensing. Composition and structure of the earth's atmosphere, radiative transfer principles and their application to remote sensing, radiometric processing, calibration and validation, hyperspectral image processing, absorption line formation and lineshapes, instrumentation for measuring radiation fields, microwave and radar remote sensing, and the retrieval of physical parameters. Selected topics in earth observation and astronomy.Prerequisite(s): One of Physics 2000 or Physics 2130;

Mathematics 2570## Physics 4850

Topics in PhysicsCredit hours: 3.0Contact hours per week: 3-0-0Specific offerings will be announced prior to the semester.Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings## Physics 4995

Undergraduate ThesisCredit hours: 6.0Contact hours per week: VariableThis is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which the student will conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member, give a public presentation on their work, and submit an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available.Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);

A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;

A minimum of 13 courses (39.0 credit hours) in PhysicsCorequisite(s): A minimum of two further courses (6.0 credit hours) in PhysicsNote: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 96), 6.c. (p. 98), and 7.c. (p. 99).