Office of the Registrar
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2009/2010)
12.21 Physics


Introductory Physics I

is a non-calculus based introduction to mechanics.

CO: Mathematics 1090

CR: Physics 1050

LH: 3

PR: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090. It is recommended that students have completed at least one of level II and level III high school physics courses, however this course may be completed by someone who has no physics background provided some extra effort is made.


Introductory Physics II

is a non-calculus based introduction to fluids, wave motion, light, optics, electricity and magnetism.

CO: Mathematics 1000

LH: 3

PR: Physics 1020 or Physics 1050 and Mathematics 1000.


General Physics I: Mechanics

is a calculus based introduction to mechanics. The course will emphasize problem solving.

CO: Mathematics 1000

CR: Physics 1020

LH: 3

PR: Mathematics 1000, which may be taken concurrently


General Physics II: Oscillations, Waves, Electromagnetism

is a calculus based introduction to oscillations, wave motion, physical optics and electromagnetism.

CO: Mathematics 1001

LH: 3

PR: Physics 1050 or Physics 1021 or Physics 1020 (with a minimum grade of 65%) and Mathematics 1001.


General Physics VI: Modern Physics


is special relativity, quanta of light, atomic structure and spectral lines, quantum structure of atoms and molecules, nuclei and elementary particles.

CO: Mathematics 1001 and Physics 1051

CR: Physics 2750

LH: 3

PR: Mathematics 1001, Physics 1050 (or Physics 1020 and Physics 1021), and Physics 1051.


Experimental and Computational Physics

is laboratory techniques, including experimental method and design. Data analysis, including application of statistics to experimental physics. Numerical analysis using Maple, and an introduction to modelling in physics. Topics are introduced through experiments, complementary lectures, and library research of some of the great experiments of physics.

CO: Mathematics 2050

LH: 3

PR: Physics 1051 (or the former Physics 2054), Mathematics 1001, and Mathematics 2050. Students who have completed Physics 1020/1021 will be allowed to register for Physics 2065 with the permission of the Instructor and the Program Chair.


Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics


is atomic structure and spectra. The sun: radiation, energetics, magnetic field. Stars: distance, velocity, size, atmospheres, interiors. Variable stars, multiple stars, clusters and stellar associations. Stellar evolution, interstellar matter, structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. Exterior galaxies, quasi-stellar objects, pulsars. Cosmology.

PR: six credit hours in Mathematics at the first year level


Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronics

covers the basics of the analog and digital electronics; direct current circuits, capacitors and inductors, alternating currents, test equipment and measurement, transducers, diodes and transistors, introduction to operational amplifiers, digital basics, digital circuitry and digital analog I/O. This course is a combined lecture/laboratory course with two three-hour sessions scheduled per week.

PR: Physics 1021 or 1051 and Mathematics 1000 or equivalent


Electricity and Magnetism

is point charges; Coulomb's law; electrostatic field and potential; Gauss' law; conductors; magnetostatics; Ampere's law; Biot-Savart law; dielectric and magnetic materials; electrostatic and magnetostatic energy; Lorentz force; time varying fields; Faraday's law; Lenz's law; Maxwell's equations.

CO: Applied Mathematics 3260

LH: 3

PR: Physics 1051 and Applied Mathematics 3260.


Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

is the physics and mathematics of stars and galaxies. Orbits and the two-body problem, radiation and matter, theory of stellar atmospheres, structure and evolution of stars. Galaxies: Morphology and kinematics. Milky Way kinematics and structure, large-scale star formation, the distribution of interstellar matter in galaxies. Starburst and active galaxies. An introduction to cosmology.

CR: Physics 3150 and Physics 3151

PR: Physics 2056, 2151 and Mathematics 2000. Physics 3220 is recommended.


Classical Mechanics I

is kinematics and dynamics of a particle. Moving reference systems. Celestial mechanics. Systems of particles.

CO: Applied Mathematics 3260

PR: Physics 2820 and Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics 3260.


Mathematical Physics II

examines the functions of a complex variable; residue calculus. Introduction to Cartesian tensor analysis. Matrix eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Diagonalization of tensors. Matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanical spin. Vector differential operators in curvilinear coordinate systems. Partial differential equations of Mathematical Physics and boundary value problems; derivation of the classical equations, separation of variables; Helmholtz equation in spherical polar coordinates.

PR: Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics 3260, and PHYS 3810 (or Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics 3202).

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).