
Instruction offered by members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science.
Notes:
 For listings of related courses, see Astronomy, Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Space Physics.
 Students intending to register in any Physics course should read the relevant Faculty of Science Program section of this Calendar.

Module for First Year and First Term Second Year Physics Courses

Physics
106

Module M6 Thermal Physics


Thermal Physics. Gas laws; kinetic theory of gases; temperature; internal energy; specific heat; energy transfer; laws of thermodynamics; PVT diagrams.
Course Hours:
0.75 units; E(12 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
Taught as part of Physics 223. Contact the instructor in Physics 223 regarding the schedule.

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Introductory Newtonian particle mechanics and rigid bodies in rotational equilibrium: Kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation of momentum and mechanical energy.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(42)
Prerequisite(s):
Mathematics 301 or Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics II (offered by Continuing Education). Note: Physics 30 is recommended as preparation for Physics 211.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 211 and 221 will not be allowed. Students may not register in, or have credit for, Physics 211 if they have previous credit for Physics 227 or are concurrently enrolled in Physics 227.
Notes:
Physics 211 and 221 differ in their prerequisites, but cover the same material and have the same examinations and tutorial quizzes. Physics 211 has an extra lecture hour per week to deal with certain topics from High School Physics and Mathematics 31. Mathematics 31 is recommended.

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Introductory Newtonian particle mechanics and rigid bodies in rotational equilibrium: Kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation of momentum and mechanical energy.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(32)
Prerequisite(s):
A grade of 70 per cent or higher in Physics 30; 50 per cent or higher in Mathematics 31; and 70 per cent or higher in Mathematics 301 or Pure Mathematics 30 or a grade of "B" or 70 per cent or better in Mathematics II (offered by Continuing Education).
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 221 and 211 will not be allowed. Students may not register in, or have credit for, Physics 221 if they have previous credit for Physics 227 or are concurrently enrolled in Physics 227.

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Physics
223

Introductory Electromagnetism, and Thermal Physics


Electrical forces and energy. Static electric fields due to point charges. Parallelplate capacitor. Simple DC circuits. Lorentz force. Static magnetic fields generated by electric currents. Electromagnetic induction. Gas Laws; kinetic theory of gases; temperature, thermal energy, specific heat; energy transfer; laws of thermodynamics; PVT diagrams.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 211 or 221 or 227.
Notes:
For students intending to major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, or Geophysics.

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Physics
227

Classical Physics


Kinematics and statics of rigid bodies; conservation laws; rotational mechanics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(32T2)
Prerequisite(s):
A grade of 75 per cent or higher in Physics 30; 60 per cent or higher in Mathematics 31; and 75 per cent or higher in Mathematics 301 or Pure Mathematics 30 or a grade of "B" or 70 per cent or better in Mathematics II (offered by Continuing Education) and admission to Physics, Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Natural Science (Physics Concentration), or Environmental Science (Physics Concentration); or Mathematics 275 and Physics 211 or 221.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 227 and 321 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Natural Sciences students without approved concentrations who are interested in concentrating in Physics should contact the Department for approval.

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Physics
255

Electromagnetic Theory I


Electrostatics, DC circuits, calculation of magnetic intensity from currents, motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, transient effects in capacitors and inductors, electric and magnetic properties of materials.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 211 or 221 or 227; Applied Mathematics 217 or Mathematics 249 or 251 or 265 or 275 and admission to Physics, Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Natural Science (Physics Concentration), or Environmental Science (Physics Concentration).
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 255 and any of 259 or 323 or 355 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Mathematics 277 is highly recommended. Natural Sciences students without approved concentrations who are interested in concentrating in Physics should contact the Department for approval.

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Physics
259

Electricity and Magnetism (for students in Engineering)


Electric and magnetic fields related to charges and current through Maxwell’s equations. Energy stored in fields, potential energy, and voltage. Conductors, insulators, and dielectrics. Resistance, capacitance, and inductance with applications to RC/RL circuits.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(42)
Prerequisite(s):
Applied Mathematics 217 or Mathematics 265 or 275 and Mathematics 211.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 259 and either 255 or 323 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Mathematics 277 is highly recommended.

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Physics
271

How Things Work


Physics behind many common devices will be discussed. Topics will be chosen from among the following: the use of simple and compound machines; waves, sound, acoustics; light and optics; household electric circuitry; magnetism.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 271 and any 200level Physics course will not be allowed.
Notes:
Some previous exposure to physics, e.g., Science 10, is strongly recommended. Not intended for Physics majors, Natural Science Physics Concentrators, or Environmental Science Physics Concentrators. Will not count in the field of Physics.

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Physics
303

Quantum Mysteries and Paradoxes


Aims to explain basic quantum phenomena for students outside the physical sciences. Topics covered may include waveparticle duality, quantum interference, as well as the paradoxes of entanglement and quantum nonlocality. Applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation are discussed, as are the philosophical interpretations of the quantum picture of the world.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
The course makes limited use of highschool algebra. Not intended for Physics majors and will not count in the field of Physics.

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Physics
321

Harmonic Motion, Waves, and Rotation


Simple harmonic oscillations. Progressive waves in one dimension. Energy of a wave. Superposition. Standing waves. Newtonian mechanics of rigid body rotation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(32T)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 211 or 221 and Mathematics 211 or 213 and Mathematics 267 or 277 or 253 or Applied Mathematics 217.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 321 and 227 will not be allowed.

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Physics
323

Optics and Electromagnetism


Static electric fields due to charge distributions. Static magnetic fields due to current distributions. Timedependent behaviour of capacitors and inductances. Geometrical optics: Thin lenses and curved mirrors. Physical optics: Interference and diffraction.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33/2)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 211 or 221 or 227 and 223; and Applied Mathematics 217 or Mathematics 249 or 251 or 265 or 275.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 323 and either 255 or 259 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Mathematics 277 is highly recommended.

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Physics
325

Modern Physics


Origins of quantum mechanics, a historical perspective. Concepts of wave mechanics and applications. Nuclear physics and radioactivity. Topics include: Special Theory of Relativity, Electromagnetic waves, Blackbody radiation, Photoelectric Effect, Xrays and Bragg Diffraction, Compton Scattering, Atomic Structure, The Bohr Model, Atomic Spectra, Applications of the Schrödinger Wave Equation, Radioactivity, Nuclear Stability, Nucleosynthesis, Structure of the Nucleus, Elementary Particles.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 211 or 221 or 227; and 223 or 255 or 259 or 355; and Mathematics 211 or 213; and Mathematics 249 or 251 or 265 or 275 or Applied Mathematics 217.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 325 and 209 will not be allowed.

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Physics
341

Classical Mechanics I


Forced and damped harmonic oscillations with real and complex numbers; anharmonic oscillators; central force motion and scattering; noninertial frames; 2 and 3body problems; applications of linear differential equations and complex numbers.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33/2)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 227 or 321 or a grade of “A“ or higher in either Physics 211 or 221; and Mathematics 211 or 213; and one of Applied Mathematics 219 or Mathematics 253 or 267 or 277 or 283.

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Physics
343

Classical Mechanics II


Rotating frames of reference; general rotations of rigid bodies; moment of inertia tensor; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics; potential theory and tides; perturbation theory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 341.

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Physics
365

Acoustics, Optics and Modern Physics (for students in Engineering)


Wave motion as applied to acoustics and physical optics. Waveparticle duality applied to light and matter; electron energy levels of atoms and crystals.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33/2)
Prerequisite(s):
Applied Mathematics 219 or Mathematics 277; and Physics 259.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 365 and 369 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Required for Electrical Engineering students. Open to all other engineering students, excluding geomatics.

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Physics
369

Acoustics, Optics and Radiation (for students in Engineering)


Wave motion as applied to acoustics, geometric and physical optics, and radiant energy transfer. Traditional and modern applications.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33/2)
Prerequisite(s):
Applied Mathematics 219 or Mathematics 277; and Physics 259.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 369 and 365 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Required for Geomatics Engineering students. Open to all other engineering students, excluding electrical.

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Physics
371

Introduction to Energy


Energy and power will be discussed. Sources of energy such as wind power, solar power, nuclear power, geothermal energy and fossil fuels and related limitations will be considered. Generation and distribution of electricity will be discussed.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
Some previous exposure to physics, e.g., Science 10, is strongly recommended. Not intended for Physics majors and will not count in the field of Physics.

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Physics
375

Introduction to Optics and Waves


Geometrical Optics: lenses, mirrors, and other basic optical components. Wave motion. Description of light as a wave. Fermat’s principle. Refraction, scattering, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Optical instruments (including telescopes and microscopes). Lasers and fibre optics if time allows.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33/2)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 255; and one of Applied Mathematics 219 or Mathematics 253 or 267 or 277 or 283.

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Physics
381

Computational Physics I


Solution of problems associated with the analysis of physical systems, using digital computers, high level programming languages, and mathematical computation systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(13)
Prerequisite(s):
Computer Science 217 or 231; and Physics 227 or a grade of “A“ or higher in Physics 211 or 221.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Physics 343 is highly recommended.

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Physics
397

Applied Physics Laboratory I


Basic laboratory electronics, vacuum systems, and optical devices. Introduction to experimental control, data collection, and analysis. Fundamentals of error analysis and error propagation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(21T3)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 227 and one of Physics 223 or 255 or 259.

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Physics
443

Quantum Mechanics I


Basic postulates of quantum mechanics and their physical interpretation. Schrödinger's timedependent and timeindependent equations. Single particle in a potential field. Basic applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, molecular, optical, nuclear, and solid state physics, as well as quantum information science. Topics may include notions of quantum entanglement, nonlocality and teleportation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 325 and 343 and Mathematics 311.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Mathematics 367 or 377 is highly recommended.

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Physics
449

Statistical Mechanics I


Statecounting; classical distributions; origins and role of entropy; equilibrium; microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles; concepts of work, heat, and temperature; equations of state; heat capacity; equipartition theorem; engines; laws of thermodynamics; nonequilibrium systems; MaxwellBoltzmann distribution; enthalpy and free energies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 325; and one of Applied Mathematics 219 or Mathematics 253 or 267 or 277.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Physics 341 is highly recommended.

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Physics
451

Statistical Mechanics II


Gibbs' paradox; bosons and fermions; quantum counting; classicalquantum transition; blackbody radiation; phase transitions; fluctuations and critical phenomena; complex systems; selforganized criticality; cellular automata.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 449.

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Physics
455

Electromagnetic Theory II


Macroscopic Maxwell equations. Scalar and vector potentials. Electrostatics and magnetostatics. Dielectric and magnetic properties of materials. Superconductors.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 255 or 323; and Applied Mathematics 309 or Mathematics 353 or 377.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 455 and Electrical Engineering 475 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Applied Mathematics 433 is highly recommended.

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Physics
457

Electromagnetic Theory III


Electromagnetic wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, in vacuum and in insulating and conducting media. Waveguides. Electromagnetic radiation from accelerated charges. Relativistic formulation of electrodynamics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 455 and Applied Mathematics 433.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 457 and Electrical Engineering 476 will not be allowed.

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Physics
481

Computational Physics II


Solution of problems associated with the analysis of physical systems, using digital computers, high level programming languages, and mathematical computation systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(13)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 381; and one of Physics 325 or Chemistry 373.
Notes:
Prior completion of or concurrent registration in Physics 443 is highly recommended.

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Physics
497

Applied Physics Laboratory II


Intermediate laboratory electronics. AC circuit theory and semiconductor devices, including operational amplifiers. Digital sampling theory and frequencydomain signal processing. Computer automation of experimental control, data collection, and analysis, including error analysis and error propagation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(26)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 397.

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Physics
501

Special Relativity


Lorentz transformations in classical mechanics; relativistic kinematics; spacetime diagrams; relativistic energy and momentum conservation; Geometrical interpretation; applications of relativistic kinematics; fourvector formalism and tensors; applications, primarily to relativistic electrodynamics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 325 and 457; and one of Mathematics 353 or 377 or Applied Mathematics 309.

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Physics
507

Solid State Physics


Crystal structure. Classification of solids and their bonding. Fermi surface. Elastic, electric and magnetic properties of solids.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 443 or Chemistry 373; and Physics 449 and 455.

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Physics
509

Plasma Physics


Occurrence of plasmas in nature, single particle motion, plasmas as fluids, waves in plasmas, diffusion, resistivity, equilibrium and stability, kinetic theory of plasmas, nonlinear effects.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 343 and 455.

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Physics
521

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos


Introduction to nonlinear dynamical systems: Phase space representation, bifurcations, normal forms, nonlinear oscillators, deterministic chaos, attractors, fractals, universality, renormalization, and synchronization.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Applied Mathematics 433 and Physics 381 and 449.

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Physics
543

Quantum Mechanics II


Theory of angular momentum and applications, perturbation theory and applications. Identical particles. Introduction to relativistic wave equations.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 443 or Chemistry 373.

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Physics
561

Stable and Radioactive Isotope Studies, Fundamentals


A multidisciplinary course. Topics include nucleosynthesis, radioactive decay, isotope exchange phenomena, kinetic isotope effects, tracer techniques, molecular spectra and instrumentation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(31)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.

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Geometrical Optics: lenses, mirrors, and other basic optical components. Matrix Methods. Physical Optics: Interference, Diffraction, and Polarization. Fourier Optics. Modern Optics: Lasers and Fibre Optics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(33)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 325, 457 and Applied Mathematics 433.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Physics 575 and 471 will not be allowed.

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Physics
581

Computational Physics III


Solution of problems associated with the analysis of physical systems, using digital computers, high level programming languages, and mathematical computation systems (e.g., Maple, Macsyma).
Course Hours:
3 units; H(13)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 443 or Chemistry 373; and Physics 481 and 455.
Notes:
A knowledge of a high level programming language (C, C++, Fortran or Pascal) is highly recommended.
Also known as:
(formerly Physics 535)

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Physics
593

Topics in Contemporary Physics


Topics will be from the research areas of staff members.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30) or H(06)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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Physics
597

Senior Physics Laboratory


Selected advanced experiments. Where possible, students may choose those experiments most suited to their interests. Development of technical and computerbased skills, technical writing and presentation skills.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(16)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 325 and 497.

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Physics
598

Honours Research Thesis


Each student will be assigned a project in consultation with a supervisor. Written reports and oral presentations are required.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(09)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 443 and 449 and 455 and consent of the Department.

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Physics
599

Senior Research Thesis


Each student will be assigned a project in consultation with a supervisor. Written reports and oral presentations are required.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(09)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
This course may be repeated once for credit.

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Graduate Courses
Only where appropriate to a student's program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500599.

Physics
603

Experimental Methods of Physics


Instrumentation for physical experiments. General philosophy of experimentation; signal processes; signal processing methods; instrument design and control; data acquisition and storage; specific detection methods.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)

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Physics
605

Advanced Data Analysis


Methods of extraction of significant information from experimental data degraded by noise. Parametric and nonparametric statistical methods; curve fitting; spectral analysis; filtering, sampling, convolution and deconvolution techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)

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Physics
609

Advanced Classical Mechanics


Variational principles, Lagrange's equations, Noether's theorem. Hamilton's equations and canonical transformations. HamiltonJacobi theory, actionangle variables. Perturbation theory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 343 or equivalent.

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Physics
611

Statistical Physics


Classical and quantum ensemble theory applied to interacting systems: real gases, spin lattices, phase transitions. Kinetic theory: Boltzmann equation, transport processes, irreversible processes and fluctuations.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 449 or equivalent.

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Physics
613

Electrodynamics


Interaction between charged particles and the electromagnetic field in relativistic formulation. Scattering and energy losses of charged particles. Radiation by charged particles.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 457 and 501 or equivalents.

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Physics
615

Advanced Quantum Mechanics I


Formalism of quantum mechanics. Entangled systems and their applications. Quantum nonlocality, EinsteinPodolskyRosen paradox, Bell theorem. Interpretations of quantum mechanics. Second quantization. Quantum theory of the electromagnetic field. Addition of angular momenta, ClebschGordan coefficients, WignerEckart theorem.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 543 or equivalent.

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Physics
617

Advanced Quantum Mechanics II


Relativistic quantum mechanics. Topics may include Feynman path integrals. Scattering theory. Charged particles in electric and magnetic fields. Approximation methods. Quantum field theory.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 543 or equivalent.

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Physics
619

Statistical Physics II


Topics Theories of equilibrium and nonequilibrium critical phenomena and methods to study fluctuating systems selected from the following list of topics: Percolation, scaling theory, phase transitions, LandauGinzburg theory, lattice models, Monte Carlo methods, renormalization group, selforganized criticality, theory of random graphs; Brownian motion, random walks and diffusion, FokkerPlanckEquation, Markov processes, stochastic differential equations, first passage times.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 611.
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 481 or its equivalent.

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Physics
621

Nonlinear Dynamics and Pattern Formation


Topics: Introduction to pattern formation and selforganization in nature: Reactiondiffusion systems, hydrodynamical systems, bistable media, excitable and oscillatory media, stability analysis, bifurcations, pattern selection, amplitude equations and normal forms, fronts, traveling waves, topological defects, spiral waves, spatiotemporal chaos, defectmediated turbulence, spatiotemporal point processes
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 451, 481 and 521 or equivalents.

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An introduction to Einstein's theory of gravitation. Applications to the solar system, black holes, and cosmology.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Notes:
It is expected that a student's background will include Physics 501 or equivalent.

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Physics
663

Applications of Stable Isotopes


Application of stable isotope techniques with special focus on Hydrogeology, Geology and Environmental Sciences. The use of isotopes to understand the water, carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycles is demonstrated. Topics include hydrology, paleoclimates, geothermometry, fossil fuels exploration and recovery, pollutant tracing, food webs, forensic investigations, among others.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(21)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Also known as:
(Geology 663)

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Physics
671

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy


Atomic structure and spectra. Rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of diatomic molecules, including microwave, infrared, Raman and visible/ultraviolet spectroscopic techniques. Hund's coupling cases. Polyatomic molecular spectroscopy. Examples from astronomy and upper atmosphere/space physics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)

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Physics
673

Quantum and Nonlinear Optics


Theory of dispersion. Fast and slow light. Basics of nonlinear optics. Nonlinear optical crystals, phase matching. Coherence theory. Preparation, manipulation and measurement of quantum optical states and singlephoton qubits. Elements of atomic physics, optical Bloch equation, rotatingwave approximation. Twoand threelevel systems. Cavity quantum electrodynamics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)

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Physics
675

Special Topics in Laser and Optical Sciences


Lectures by Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, and/or Medicine staff on current research topics in laser science and modern optical techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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Physics
677

Implementations of Quantum Information


Proposals and realizations of quantum information tasks including quantum computation, quantum communication, and quantum cryptography in optical, atomic, molecular, and solid state systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.

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Physics
691

Scientific Communication Skills


Required, multicomponent, program of courses for all graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy designed to assist students in improving their scientific oral and written communication skills. Each student must complete a minimum of three terms of Physics 691 during each graduate course, although the normal load is four terms, and additional terms may be required of students on an asneed basis. The components of Physics 691 are:
691.11. Effective Scientific Speaking for MSc Students
691.12. Graduate Seminar for MSc Students I
691.13. Effective Scientific Writing for MSc Students
691.14. Graduate Seminar for MSc Students II
691.16. Graduate Seminar for MSc Students III
691.18. Graduate Seminar for MSc Students IV
691.21. Effective Scientific Speaking for PhD Students
691.22. Graduate Seminar for PhD Students I
691.23. Effective Scientific Writing for PhD Students
691.24. Graduate Seminar for PhD Students II
691.26. Graduate Seminar for PhD Students III
691.28. Graduate Seminar for PhD Students IV
Effective Scientific Speaking courses provide instruction on preparing and presenting quality scientific oral presentations, including discussions of the aspects of quality presentations and exercises aimed at improving student speaking skills, and will be taken by graduate students in their first fall terms in program. Effective Scientific Writing courses provide students with instruction on preparing quality scientific papers, as well as exercises aimed at improving students' writing skills, and will be taken during students' second fall term in program. The Graduate Seminar courses will be run each winter, and provide all students enrolled in each course the opportunity to present one or two scientific talks, as well as to provide peer feedback to other students in the course. At the end of each Graduate Seminar term, the course instructor(s) will identify those students who have reached an acceptable level of scientific speaking competency and exempt these students from any further Physics 691 Graduate Seminar courses for their current degrees.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(2S0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA

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Physics
697

Topics in Contemporary Physics


Topics will be from the research areas of staff members.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(30) or H(06)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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Physics
699

Project in Physics


Each student will select a project in consultation with a staff member. The project may be experimental or theoretical in nature. A written report and an oral presentation are required.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(09)

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Physics
701

Independent Study


Each student will select a topic of study in consultation with a staff member. The topic will be in the research area of the staff member. This course may not be used to meet the regular course requirements in the MSc and PhD programs.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(09)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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