An introduction to the concepts and theories of physics. Topics covered include the laws of dynamics and energy transformations; electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. Students will also develop inquiry skills, and an understanding of the scientific method.

The concepts of physics are presented without mathematics. The topics include motion, force, mass, energy, momentum, rotational motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, lasers, and relativity. Demonstrations are an important component. This non-laboratory course is particularly suitable for Arts and Humanities and Social Science students.

Fundamental physics concepts are introduced with an emphasis on applications in biological processes. Topics include bioenergetics (metabolism and respiration), membranes, electrical properties of molecules and principles of microscopy.

Fundamental physics concepts are introduced with an emphasis on applications in biological processes. Topics include: nerve electricity, the eye and color vision, elasticity and sound, the cardiovascular system and biomechanics.

An introductory calculus-based laboratory course in physics covering the foundational principles of kinematics, force and motion, energy, linear momentum, rotation, torque and angular momentum, gravitation, fluids.

An introductory calculus-based laboratory course in physics covering the foundational principles of oscillations, waves, electric fields and potential, DC circuits, magnetic fields, magnetic induction.

A calculus-based laboratory course for students intending to pursue further studies in science, particularly the physical sciences. Newton's laws, energy, linear momentum, rotations and angular momentum, gravitation and planetary motion.

Corequisite(s): Calculus 1000A/B or the former Calculus 1100A/B or Calculus 1500A/B or Applied Mathematics 1413.

A calculus-based laboratory course for students intending to pursue further studies in science, particularly the physical sciences. Relativity, the electromagnetic interaction, the strong and weak interactions, oscillations and waves.

Designed for non-science students. Fascinating physical insight into: intriguing properties of sound waves; harmony of the cosmos and scales; colour of sound of musical instruments; generation and perception of musical sound. Acquaintance with musical notation is advantageous. May not be taken for credit by students in the Faculty of Science.

The athlete's goal is typically to go faster or throw farther than the competition. Designed for non-science students, this course will highlight examples in many different sports where an understanding of physical principles has helped in 'cheating' the wind or the water to improve performance.

This course is designed for non-science students and examines the atmosphere in which we live, how it affects our everyday life, and how we in turn, as the technologically dominant earth-borne species, affect it. Atmospheric phenomena such as wind, temperature, composition, precipitation and electricity are used to illustrate basic physical principles.

Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and induction, geometric optics, the propagation of light, thermal properties of matter and the laws of thermodynamics.

Introduction to quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality, atomic physics, nuclear physics, particle physics and the origins of the universe.

A unified treatment of oscillatory and wave motion, with examples from mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and materials science. Topics include simple harmonic motion, forced oscillations and resonance, coupled oscillations, transverse waves on strings and in crystals, longitudinal waves in gases and solids, electromagnetic waves, Fourier methods, nonlinear oscillations and chaos.

The properties of materials are described in terms of their atomic structure and interatomic bonding. The basic physical principles underlying mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties are discussed in the context of modern materials including polymers and semiconductors.

Students will gain an introduction to experimental techniques through experiments on electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Concurrent lectures will cover circuit theory and experimental design.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

A forum for students to meet the third and fourth year students and faculty in an informal setting. We will discuss research areas, practise giving and critiquing talks, and provide information on careers.

This course provides students with the tools to tackle more complex problems than those covered in introductory mechanics. D'Alembert's principle, principle of least action, Lagrange's equations, Hamilton's equations, Poisson brackets, canonical transformations, central forces, rigid bodies, oscillations. Optional topics including: special relativity, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, constrained systems, field theory.

The Schrodinger equation in one dimension, wave packets, stationary states, the harmonic oscillator, the postulates of Quantum Mechanics, operators and eigenvalue equations, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom.

A study of static electric and magnetic fields using vector calculus; time varying electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, electric and magnetic fields in matter.

An introduction to the principles of optics and modern optical devices. Topics include geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, reflection, transmission, and polarization, modulation of light waves, fiber-optical light guides, optical communication systems, integrated optics.

Thermodynamics applied to classical and quantum systems. Thermodynamic laws, interactions, engines, phase transformations of pure substances, Boltzmann statistics, simple quantum systems.

Composition of biomaterials: chemical bonds, functional groups; water: pH, buffer; DNA: genetic code, amino acids; proteins: primary, secondary, tertiary structure; lipids: phase diagrams, monolayers, LB technology, double layers, biomembranes, function, physical properties, electrical properties, Gouy-Chapman theory, Nernst potential, transport proteins; the cell: energy and energy storage, muscle and nerve cells.

A senior physics laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts of modern physics, with emphasis on the development of experimental skills and including an introduction to computer programming and its use in experimental analysis.

A project-oriented computation course using applications of numerical methods to problems in medical physics, science of materials, atmospheric physics and astrophysics. Projects will involve choosing a physical problem, posing scientific questions, and implementing a computer simulation. Techniques for programming, analysis, and presentation will be developed.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

A forum for students to meet the second and fourth year students and faculty in an informal setting. We will discuss research areas, practise giving and critiquing talks, and provide information on careers.

Kinematics and conservation laws, ideal fluids, the Euler equations, irrotational flow, the Navier-Stokes equations, viscous flow, waves, instabilities.

Potential scattering, spin, addition of angular momenta, stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory, systems of identical particles, applications to atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear, particle and atmospheric physics.

Maxwell's equations; conservation laws; electromagnetic waves and waveguides; electromagnetic radiation; relativistic formulation of electrodynamics.

Phenomenology; conservation laws and invariance principles; analysis of reactions and decays; the identification of particles; the particle spectrum; unitary symmetry; quarks; models of strong interaction dynamics.

Concepts from electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics will be applied to illuminate the principles and techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Applications of NMR to materials science, chemistry, and medicine will be discussed.

An introduction to the instrumentation and techniques of radiation therapy.

Corequisite(s): Physics 3300A/B.

Physical principles are used to investigate the dynamics, thermodynamics and composition of atmospheres with primary focus on Earth. Planetary atmospheres will be discussed in relation to Earth's atmosphere.

An introduction to the principles governing modern electronic devices. Topics include crystal structure (lattices, reciprocal lattices, X-ray diffraction), lattice vibrations (phonons, thermal properties), metals (free-electron model, energy bands), semiconductors (band gaps, mobility, doping), and semiconductor devices (diodes, transistors, device fabrication).

Synthesis, properties, characterization and application of materials structured on the nanometer scale. Fabrication methods including epitaxy, lithography, and self-assembly. Optical and electronic properties of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, nanoparticles. Interaction with electrons and photons. Characterization methods, including electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, plasmon resonance.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

A forum for students to meet the second and third year students and faculty in an informal setting. We will discuss research areas, practise giving and critiquing talks, and provide information on careers.

The student will work on a research project, either experimental or theoretical, under faculty supervision, and present the results in a written report and in a seminar.