Physics courses are designated by PHYS.
Introductory Physics I
is a non-calculus based introduction to mechanics.
CO: Mathematics 1090
CR: PHYS 1050
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
General Physics I: Mechanics
is a calculus based introduction to mechanics. The course will emphasize problem solving.
CO: Mathematics 1000
CR: PHYS 1020
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
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.
CR: PHYS 2750
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
PR: PHYS 1051 (or the former PHYS 2054), Mathematics 1001, and Mathematics 2050. Students who have completed PHYS 1020/1021 will be allowed to register for PHYS 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.
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: 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.
Classical Mechanics I
is kinematics and dynamics of a particle. Moving reference systems. Celestial mechanics. Systems of particles.
CO: 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.