This course introduces observational and solar system astronomy. Topics include observational astronomy, celestial mechanics, solar system patterns, theories of origin, radiometric dating, processes which transform planet surfaces, planetary atmospheres, comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and the search for life beyond Earth. It considers extrasolar planetary systems in the context of theories of solar system formation. [Note 1: In addition to daytime lab periods all students will need to be present at a number of night time observing periods at the university observatory.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science-b/c) (Exclusion: PHYS 1001) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Flemington 116.
This course will help you understand the world around you, the world inside you, and the world far from you. You will learn about concepts related to present technologies, and we will prepare you for concepts that will make future technologies possible. Moreover, your imagination will be challenged with ideas that have led to great discoveries, such as computers, lasers, the internet, and global positioning systems, to name a few. This is a non-calculus introduction to physics, covering the basics of kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum in one dimension, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, geometrical and physical optics, DC circuit electricity, and a prelude to modern physics. There is no formal prerequisite but a solid background in high-school-level algebra and geometry is necessary. Physics 1051 is taught in the experiential mode, where there is no distinction between lecture and lab time, which are combined using a theory-into-practice approach. Instructional activity takes place six hours per week in the Experiential Physics Lab and will consist of short lecture segments, demonstrations, problem work and experiments supported by computerized data-acquisition methods. There is a fill-in-the-blank style activity manual with activities due at the end of each class period, in addition to weekly take-home assignments. The emphasis is on students taking an active role in their learning by doing more hands-on physics and problem solving. This course is a prerequisite for Physics 1551 and 2801. Note that this course is part of the campus-wide Academic Outreach Initiative.

(Format: Integrated Lecture/Collaborative Learning/Laboratory, 6 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science a/c) (Exclusion: PHYS 1041) Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:50AM Sir James Dunn Building 308.
In this course the study of free, forced and damped harmonic oscillator is followed by a treatment of discrete coupled oscillators in one dimension. This is then generalized to the study of traveling and standing waves in continuous media. Ideas of Fourier components of signals are introduced. A number of examples will be taken from physical optics, and the topics in this course provide the theoretical basis for understanding modern photonic devices. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 316.
This course provides techniques and software tools that assist in the use of computers to enhance work in science. It introduces basic methodology for data manipulation such as error analysis, statistical analysis of data, linear regression, graphing, aspects of simulation, digitization, interfacing and data acquisition. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 308.
This course will cover vector analysis, differential and integral calculus as well as solutions of the Poisson and Laplace equations for different electrostatic problems. Certain special techniques such as method of images, separation of variables and multipole expansion are then introduced. Magnetostatics and electric and magnetic fields in matter are also examined leading to the conclusion of this course where Maxwell equations are integrated and applied. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory/Problem Solving 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 11:30 to 12:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 104.
This course examines in detail the Maxwell- Boltzmann Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions and the conditions and physical systems under which they apply. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:50AM Sir James Dunn Building 316.
This course introduces students to both digital electronic circuits and digital signal processing, and would be valuable both for those planning to go on in technical careers in computer science or in physics, and for scientists who wish to develop tools for the collection and analysis of data. Topics to be covered include digital logic gates, Boolean algebra, counting circuits, digital signal conditioning, sampling considerations such as the Nyquist criterion, analog to digital and digital to analog conversion, Fourier Transform theory and application as FFT, correlation and convolution, digital filtering using finite impulse response and infinite impulse response circuits including the ztransform and filter design, and digital image processing including two dimensional FFT techniques, microprocessors, microcontrollers and digital signal processing integrated circuits. [Note 1: This course is cross-listed with COMP 3361 and may therefore count as three credits in either discipline.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 9:20AM Avard Dixon 230.
This course is an introduction to formal quantum mechanics: the matrix formulation, harmonic oscillator, perturbation theory, two-state systems, multiparticle systems, and an introduction to the general theory of angular momentum. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of PHYS 3821 previously offered with a different title) Monday Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 104.
This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for PHYS 3991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Monday Wednesday and Friday 1:30 to 2:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 106.
This course studies the various quantized models used to describe the thermal, electrical, optical and electromagnetic properties of solids. It also analyses conductors, semi-conductors and insulators. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 316.