Faculty of Arts and Science

Calculus-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 |

A 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] |

Substantially Similar: |
Physics 1000 |

The 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] |

Investigation 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.

The 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 |

An 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 |

An 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 |

A 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 2560 |

Recommended Background: |
Mathematics 2570 |

Experiments 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 |

The 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 2580 |

Recommended Background: |
Physics 3175 |

The 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 2580 |

Intermediate-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 |

Phenomena 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 |

Classical 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 2580 |

Recommended Background: |
Physics 3175 |

A 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 |

Mathematical 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 |

An 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 equivalent |

Emphasis 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 |

An 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 |

Mathematical 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 |

Fundamental 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 2580 |

Hamilton’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 |

An 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 2580 |

Recommended Background: |
Physics 3150;Physics 3400 |

Theoretical 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 |

This 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 Physics |

Note: |
Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work. |