XII--Course Descriptions
76-100 An Introduction to Mechanics F(3-2) |
A course for physical science students which develops the concepts of mechanics as applied to translational and rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, special relativity and other element of modern physics. Normally this is the first part of the two-course sequence 76-100 and 76-101 |
Prerequisites: OAC or equivalent Physics or 76-102 and OAC or equivalent Calculus. |
Exclusions: 76-108, 76-111. |
76-101 Fundamental Laws of Physics W(3-2) |
A course for physical science students on the phenomena of electromagnetism and modern physics. Topics include electric charges and fields, electric potential, magnetic fields, waves and electric circuits. |
Prerequisites: (63-108 or 63-120), (OAC or equivalent Physics or 76-102). |
76-102 Introductory Physics F(3-3) |
A course stressing the fundamental properties of particles and waves, designed for students without OAC Physics or equivalent. Topics include: the motion of particles, force, field, momentum, energy and associated conservation laws; basic interactions between particles; properties of waves. It is expected that students will have completed Grade 12 Physics and at least 1 OAC mathematics credit. This course is intended only for students who require the equivalent of OAC Physics in order to proceed to 76-100, 76-107, 76-108, 76-111, 76-113, 76-204. Also offered through distance education format. |
Exclusions: OAC Physics. |
76-107 Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences I S,F,W(3-3) |
Physics of matter and energy at the macroscopic and microscopic levels, with special emphasis on topics of importance to biology. Topics include properties of waves, acoustics and hearing, optical systems and vision, quantum nature of radiation and its interaction with biomolecules, electricity, high energy radiation and radiation damage. |
Prerequisites: (OAC Physics or 76-102) and OAC Mathematics. |
Exclusions: 76-113. |
76-108 Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences II S,F,W(3-3) |
A course complementary to 76-107 with emphasis on some aspects of classical physics important in biology. Topics include mechanics and applications to anatomical problems, fluid statics and dynamics, molecular motion, diffusion, osmosis, and heat. The course is of special importance to students in agriculture, biological science, and human kinetics. |
Prerequisites: (OAC Physics or 76-102), (1 of 63-100, 63-108, 63-120, 76-107), |
Exclusions: 76-100, 76-111. |
76-111 Introductory Physics with Applications I F(3-3) |
This course is for engineering and environmental science students. Its content is similar to that of 76-108 with additional emphasis on analytical problem-solving. |
Prerequisites: OAC Physics or 76-102. |
Corequisites: (63-108 or 63-120). |
Exclusions: 76-100, 76-108. |
76-113 Introductory Physics with Applications II W(3-3) |
This is a course for engineering and environmental science students. Its content is similar to that of 76-107 with additional emphasis on analytical problem-solving with some use of calculus techniques. |
Prerequisites: (63-108 or 63-120), 76-111. |
Exclusions: 76-107. |
76-160 Contemporary Astronomy S,F(3-0) |
A course designed for arts and social science students. Emphasis will be on the interdisciplinary and contemporaryaspects of astronomy with the object of providing a perspective of our place in the physical universe. Topics may include: explanation of the solar system, life in the universe, space communications, space travel, and stellar evolution. Students are encouraged to suggest and participate in discussion on items of special interest. Students with standing in any other 100-level course credit in physics (except 76-102, 76-180, 76-181) may not use this course for credit. |
76-181 Physics of Music W(3-0) |
A course designed for arts and social science students with an interest or background in music. The fundamentals of vibrations and waves will be introduced and applied to a study of archetypal instruments. The psychoacoustic basis of pitch and loudness will be discussed. Students with standing in any other 100-level physics course, except 76-102, 76-160, 76-180 may not use this course for credit. Also listed as 67-109. (Offered in even-numbered years.) |
Exclusions: 67-109. |
76-203 Biophysics of Excitable Cells F,W(3-1) |
An intermediate biophysics course with special emphasis on the physical properties of nerve and muscle, and of biological transducers such as the ear and the eye. |
Prerequisites: 66-122 or any 2 course credits in physics (excluding 76-102, 76-160, 76-180, 76-181). |
76-204 Fundamental Electronics and Sensors F(3-3) |
An introduction to modern electronics with applications including amplifiers, receivers, digital circuits and sensors. (Offered in odd-numbered years.) |
Prerequisites: 66-122 or (1 semester course credit in university level calculus and OAC Physics or 76-102). |
76-226 Experimental Basis of Quantum Physics W(3-0) |
The course investigates and describes the properties of atoms, nuclei and elementary particles in terms of phenomena of modern physics. Topics include wave properties of matter, particle properties of electromagnetic radiation, uncertainty principle, elementary angular momentum, spin and elementary quantum mechanics. |
Prerequisites: (1 of 63-100, 63-108,63-120, 66-121), (66-122 or 76-101). |
76-244 Mechanics I F(3-2) |
This course and the following one, 76-245 continue building the foundation in mechanics begun in the first year. These courses are intended for students proceeding to advanced studies in the physical sciences. Topics include one, two and three dimensional motion, the harmonic oscillator, gravitation and orbital motion. Some familiarity with computer programming, such as 27-120 or 27-160, is needed for the laboratory. |
Prerequisites: (1 of 63-101, 63-121, 63-208, 66-121), (66-122 or 76-100 or 76-108). |
Exclusions: 76-240. |
76-245 Mechanics II W(3-2) |
This course is a continuation of 76-244. Topics include special relativity, nonenertial reference frames, dynamics of systems of particles, rigid body dynamics and introductory fluid mechanics. |
Prerequisites: 76-244. |
Exclusions: 76-240. |
76-246 Electricity and Magnetism I F(3-2) |
This course and the following one, 76-247, continue building the foundation in electricity and magnetism begun in the first year. These two courses are intended for students proceeding to advanced studies in the physical sciences. Topics include electric fields, potential, electric work and energy, Gauss's Law, Poisson's and Laplace's equations, capacitors, D.C. circuits, transients and dielectric materials. |
Prerequisites: (1 of 66-122, 76-101, 76-107), (1 of 63-101, 63-121, 63-208, 66-121). |
Exclusions: 76-241. |
76-247 Electricity and Magnetism II W(3-2) |
Topics include magnetic forces and fields, the Biot-Savart equation, Ampere's Law, magnetic induction, LRC transients, A.C. circuits and magnetic materials. |
Prerequisites: 76-246. |
Exclusions: 76-241. |
76-255 Radiation and the Environment F(3-0) |
This course reviews radiations which occur in the environment and their effects on materials and living systems. These include x-radiation, ultraviolet, visible, infrared, microwave and radio-frequency emissions; acoustical and ultrasonic radiation; and alpha, beta, and gamma radiation from radioactive material. (Offered in even-numbered years.) |
Prerequisites: 1 of 66-122, 76-101, 76-107, 76-113 and one 100-level course credit in mathematics (excluding 63-104, 63-105). |
76-260 General Astronomy S,F(3-2) |
An introduction to astronomy: the solar system, the sun, stellar and galactic structure. |
Prerequisites: one 100-level course credit in physics (excluding 76-160, 76-180, 76-181), and one 100-level course credit in mathematics |
76-308 Energy W(3-0) |
Energy resources and the production, interconversion, consumption and waste of energy in the industrial society. Emphasis is placed on environmental impact, and nuclear fission, solar power and nuclear fusion are examined in detail. |
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: one 100-level course credit in physics (excluding 76-102, 76-160, 76-180, 76-181) and one 100-level course credit in mathematics (excluding 63-104, 63-105). |
76-310 Electronics F(3-2) |
An introduction to network analysis, the physics of semiconductors, p-n junctions, transistors and integrated circuits. Other topics include linear and digital signal processing, signal enhancement, interdomain conversion and microprocessors. |
Prerequisites: 76-247. |
76-322 Waves and Optics F(3-0) |
Standing and travelling waves; Fourier series. Optics including polarization, interference and diffraction. (Offered in the Winter semester beginning 1997-98.) |
Prerequisites: 76-247. |
76-323 Quantum Mechanics I F(3-0) |
A formal treatment of quantum mechanics. Topics include wave packets and free particle motion, the Schrodinger equation, harmonic oscillator, piecewise constant potentials, central forces and angular momentum, hydrogen atom. |
Prerequisites: 63-215, (63-217 or 63-227), 76-247. |
76-324 Statistical Physics I W(3-0) |
Introduction to statistical physics including thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of equilibrium phenomena. |
Prerequisites: (63-210 or 63-220), 76-244. |
76-340 Advanced Mechanics W(3-0) |
This course covers Lagrangian mechanics and Hamiltonian mechanics. Topics include oscillations and normal modes, Poisson brackets, Liouville's theorem, Hamilton- Jacobi theory, the transition to quantum mechanics and non-linear dynamics. |
Prerequisites: 63-215, (63-217 or 63-227), 76-245. |
76-351 Intermediate Laboratory W(0-6) |
A course consisting of 3 modules devoted to experimental work and 1 consisting of tutorials on analysis of and errors of measurement. The areas dealt with in the experimental modules are atomic physics, vacuum and cryogenic technique and waves; the last module uses examples from optics, acoustics and microwaves. |
Prerequisites: 76-245, 76-247. |
76-404 Quantum Mechanics II F(3-0) |
A second course in quantum mechanics. Topics include spin, linear vector spaces, two-level systems, quantum dynamics, rotations and angular momentum, time dependent perturbation theory, Born approximation. |
Prerequisites: 76-323. |
76-412 Atomic and Molecular Physics W(3-0) |
The application of quantum theory to atomic and molecular structure, and the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and atoms and simple molecules. |
Prerequisites: 76-324, 76-404. |
76-413 Subatomic Physics W(3-0) |
This course surveys the field of subatomic physics from radioactive emanations to conjectured subunits of nucleons. Topics include quark models; strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions; isospin, strangeness, conservation laws and symmetry principles; systematics of nuclear properties, nuclear radioactivity, nuclear models and reactions. |
Prerequisites: 76-323. |
76-415 Solid State Physics W(3-0) |
Bonding in solids, thermal and electrical properties of solids, energy bands, imperfections in solids, properties of semiconductors and insulators. |
Prerequisites: 76-404, 76-424. |
76-418 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory F(3-0) |
Radiation from localized charge-current distributions (atoms, molecules, nuclei, antennae), electromagnetic potentials,gauge transformations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms, multipole expansions of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, and a selection of topics from: radiation damping, Lorentz electron theory, wave guides, plasmas, relativistic electrodynamics, radiation scattering. (Offered in the Fall semester beginning 1998-99.) |
Prerequisites: 76-247. |
Corequisites: 76-340. |
76-424 Statistical Physics II F(3-0) |
A continuation of 76-324 including a discussion of the grand canonical distribution, quantum statistics, and transport theory. |
Prerequisites: 76-324. |
76-450 Advanced Physics Laboratory F(0-6) |
A modular course for students in any physics specialization who will study the techniques of nuclear, solid state and molecular physics. |
Prerequisites: two 300-level course credits in physics. |
76-451 Advanced Physics Project W(0-6) |
Students will be assigned projects related to their individual interests. These projects may be part of the ongoing research within the Physics Department. |
Prerequisites: 76-450 or 76-454. |
76-454 Molecular Biophysics W(3-2) |
Experimental and theoretical approaches to the determination of structure and function of biomolecules. Special emphasis will be placed on biopolymer conformation and on biological photoprocesses. |
Prerequisites: 19-386 or 76-323. |
Corequisites: 19-386 or 76-323. |
76-456 Biophysical Methods F(3-0) |
An introduction to physical techniques for determining biological structure. The use of X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction and scattering to determine the structure of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies will be discussed. The course also covers Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques to determine the structure of macromolecules in solution. |
Prerequisites: 76-322. |
Corequisites: 76-404,76-424. |
76-491 Advanced Topics in Physics I (3-0) |
The content of this course is determined by the interests of the students. Possible topics include fluid mechanics, theory of elastic solids, relativistic mechanics, and chaos. |
Prerequisites: 63-215, (63-217 or 63-227), 76-245, 76-247. |
76-492 Advanced Topics in Physics II (3-0) |
The content of this course is determined by the interests of the students. Possible topics include fluid mechanics, theory of elastic solids, relativistic mechanics, and chaos. |
Prerequisites: 63-215, (63-217 or 63-227), 76-245, 76-247. |
76-493 Advanced Topics in Physics III (3-0) |
The content of this course is determined by the interests of the students. Possible topics include fluid mechanics, theory of elastic solids, relativistic mechanics, and chaos. |
Prerequisites: 63-215, (63-217 or 63-227), 76-245, 76-247. |
1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
XII--Course Descriptions |
Last revised: August 28, 1996. Contact: ccrenna@registrar.uoguelph.ca.