University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions

Interdisciplinary Physical Science Courses

Prerequisite Note: Students having a University Admission average of 80% or above qualify for admission into the first year (1000 series) interdisciplinary Physical Science courses in the MPC (mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing) group of courses. These courses provide program enrichment and are recommended for students who plan to proceed in any of the Honours Physical Science programs and have the required admission average.

IPS*1100 Structure of Matter F(3-2) [0.50]

An interdisciplinary course which provides an introduction to modern concepts of the structure of atoms and of condensed matter. Nuclear, atomic and molecular bonding are discussed and applied to technologically important materials, including semi-conductors and macromolecules.

Prerequisites: OAC Physics, OAC Chemistry, OAC Calculus, OAC Algebra and Geometry or equivalents
Corequisites: IPS*1110, IPS*1120

IPS*1110 The Calculus F(3-1) [0.50]

A course which is intended to deepen and enlarge the student's understanding of calculus. It introduces dynamical systems, probabilistic models, and differential equations as well as the following standard topics: properties of real numbers; limits and convergence; functions and continuity; differentiation and integration; exponential and other special functions; multivariate calculus.

Prerequisites: OAC Calculus, OAC Algebra and Geometry or equivalents.
Corequisites: IPS*1100, IPS*1120

IPS*1120 Concepts in Computing and Information Science F(3-1) [0.50]

An introduction to problem-solving, programming concepts and a general purpose programming language. Elements of data structures, algorithm analysis, software engineering and computer systems are covered. The assignments will be drawn from scientific areas particularly from Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics. It is highly recommended that students have a credit in a computer science course or substantial programming experience.

Prerequisites: OAC Calculus, OAC Algebra and Geometry, or equivalents
Corequisites: IPS*1100, IPS*1110

IPS*1200 Principles of Modern Chemistry W(3-3) [0.50]

Principles of chemistry with a series of modules on thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics of chemical reactions and aqueous equilibria including acids and bases, solubility and co-ordination chemistry.

Prerequisites: IPS*1100, IPS*1110, IPS*1120
Corequisites: IPS*1210, IPS*1220

IPS*1210 Mathematical and Computer Applications W(3-1) [0.50]

Application of the derivative. Taylor series and polynomial approximation. Definite integrals, inverse functions, parametric equations, polar co-ordinates, asymptotic approximations. Symbolic computation. Numerical methods in differentiation and integration. Use of a scientific programming language, symbolic algebra package, and numerical subroutine libraries. Examples from the simulation of physical phenomena.

Prerequisites: IPS*1100, IPS*1110, IPS*1120
Corequisites: IPS*1200, IPS*1220, (and CIS*1900 for majors or minors in Computing and Information Science)

IPS*1220 Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism W(3-3) [0.50]

A calculus-based introduction to translational and rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium of rigid objects, oscillations, special relativity, electric and magnetic fields, electrical conductivity, R-C circuits.

Prerequisites: IPS*1100, IPS*1110, IPS*1120
Corequisites: IPS*1200, IPS*1210

IPS*2010 Structure and Application of Microcomputers F,W(3-3) [0.50]

Components of a computer system, including memories, CPU, buses, and input/output techniques. Instruction sets, addressing modes, assembly/machine language programming. Selection of interface hardware for sensors, relays and other peripherals. Development of algorithms for data acquisition, display, and process control. This is a course offered jointly by Computing and Information Science and the School of Engineering.

Prerequisites: CIS*1700, (1 of MATH*2000, CIS*1900, ENGG*3450)

IPS*4001/2 Chemical Physics Research Project F(0-9)/W(0-9) [1.50]

A two-semester research project supervised by a faculty member from Physics or from Chemistry and Biochemistry, or by a pair of faculty members spanning the 2 departments in order to expand cross disciplinary opportunities. Students will participate in the seminar and reporting activities of either CHEM*4900, CHEM*4910 or PHYS*4500, PHYS*4510, and may utilize modules from PHYS*4500 as preparation if necessary. This is a two-semester course. When you select it you will beassigned to IPS*4001 in the Fall and IPS*4002 in the Winter semester. A grade will not be assigned to IPS*4001 until IPS*4002 has been completed.

Prerequisites: (CHEM*3870 or CHEM*4880), PHYS*3100 (of which CHEM*3870 may be taken concurrently) and instructor consent

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