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64114. Physical Concepts and Numeracy I
The development of critical quantitative thinking in applications of physics to everyday phenomena. The course is designed for general, nonscience students but should also serve students majoring in science but weak in problem solving skills. By helping students to sharpen their analytical skills in applications of physical concepts, the course is meant to increase numeracy without being heavily mathematical. It concentrates on mechanics, properties of matter, and heat with the aid of tools such as vectors, functional relationships, their graphical representations, and elements of statistics and error analysis. (3 lecture hours a week.)
64115. Physical Concepts and Numeracy II
A continuation of 64114. Elements of sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and concepts of waves, cycles, resonance, input/output, and feedback, investigated with analytical tools including orderofmagnitude estimates, elementary dimensional analysis, relative sizes, and scaling. (Prerequisite: 64114 or consent of instructor.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64130. Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I
This is an algebrabased course intended for students interested in the biological or health sciences, or related disciplines. The topics covered include the basic mechanical concepts of force, work and energy, properties of matter, and heat, with examples and applications drawn from the modeling of biological systems. (Prerequisites: one 4”U” or OAC mathematics course or equivalent.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours per week.) (Prerequisites: One 4 ”U” or OAC mathematics course or equivalent.Antirequisite: 64140.)
64131. Introductory Physics for Life Sciences II
This course is a continuation of 64130 intended for students interested in the biological or health sciences, or related disciplines. The topics covered include wave motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, and an introduction to topics in modern physics involving the life sciences such as the quantum nature of radiation and its interaction with biomolecules, high energy radiation and radioactivity, and the statistical treatment of data. (Prerequisites: 64130.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours per week.)
64140. Introductory Physics I
Mechanics; properties of matter and heat. A calculusbased course. (Prerequisites: Grade 12“U” Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus or equivalent.) (Recommended corequisite: 62140. Students weak in physics and problem solving may wish to take 64114 and 64115 first.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64141. Introductory Physics II
Wave motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. (Prerequisite: 64140 or 85111.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64151. Introduction to Theoretical Methods
An introduction to practical problem solving and data analysis techniques in physics, emphasizing computeraided graphical and approximate computational methods; orderofmagnitude estimations, the elements of dimensional analysis, approximate evaluation of functions, parameter optimization, complex numbers, an introduction to fractals, vector algebra, dyads. (Prerequisites: 64140 and 62140.) (2 lecture, 2 laboratory hours a week.)
64190. Introduction to Astronomy I
The solar system with emphasis on the results of recent space exploration. This is a descriptive course suitable for the nonscientist. (May be taken by B.Sc. students for credit, but does not count as a Physics course or other science option towards the fulfillment of the requirements for the B.Sc. degree.) (2 lecture hours a week.)
64191. Introduction to Astronomy II
The stars, galaxies, including pulsars, black holes, and quasars. Current theories of the structure of the universe will be discussed. This is a descriptive course suitable for the nonscientist. (May be taken by B.Sc. students for credit, but does not count as a Physics course or other science option towards the fulfillment of the requirements for the B.Sc. degree.) (2 lecture hours a week.)
64202. Physics and SocietyThe Past
Discoveries in astronomy have altered the way we perceive ourselves, our planet, and our place in the universe. This course, ‘From Antiquity to Newton’, reviews the contributions made by the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Islamic cultures, together with medieval Christian views and on to the emergence of modern science. The course  which is a blend of physics, history, philosophy and religion  will also examine how we came to move from ‘geocentric’ to a ‘heliocentric’ view of the solar system, by examining the contributions of Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. (2 lecture hours a week.) Does not count towards the major requirements for a degree in the Department of Physics.
64203. Physics and SocietyThe Present
Modern society is dominated by the dramatic development of physics and technology from the industrial revolution to the present. This development and its impact on society are explored in the course. A number of topics of current interest such as, nuclear energy, world energy supplies, pollution, global warming, climate change, and possible solutions to the energy crisis are discussed in detail. This course gives students who are majoring in the arts, humanities, business, law, and biomedical sciences an introduction to modern ideas in Physics and to see how these ideas affect our daytoday lives. (2 lecture hours a week.) Does not count towards the major requirements for a degree in the Department of Physics.
64220. EM Fields and Photons
Electrostatic fields and potentials. Charges and capacitance. Currents and conduction in solids. Magnetic fields; induction; introduction to Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves, and photons; the photoelectric effect. (Prerequisite: 64141, or 85124, or equivalent.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64222. Optics
Geometrical optics: review of laws of reflection and refraction; lenses and mirrors (matrix optics); stops, optical systems, aberrations. Introduction to wave optics; interferometry, diffraction, polarization, Fresnel equations, elements of dispersion theory. (Prerequisites: 64141 and 62141.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64250. Mechanics
Newton's Laws, Galilean transformations, rotating reference frames, conservation laws, angular momentum and torque, driven oscillators with damping, dynamics of rigid bodies, inverse square forces, Lorentz transformation, relativistic kinematics and dynamics. (Prerequisite: 64140 or equivalent and 64151 or consent of instructor; corequisite: 62215 or equivalent.) (3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
64298. Coop Work Term I
Supervised experience in an approved careerrelated setting with a focus on the application of theory and the development of transferable skills. The coop work experience is designed to provide students with an enriched learning opportunity to integrate academic theory and concepts in an applied setting. (Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in a cooperative education program. Offered on a Pass/nonPass basis. Supervised practicum requires the successful completion of a minimum of 420 hours. Students who do not pass the course can not continue in the coop program.)
64310. Quantum Physics and Chemistry
Classical and quantum physics, relativistic physics, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, atomic structure, Schroedinger equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, conduction in solids; semiconductor and superconductor devices. (Prerequisites: 62215 and 62216 or equivalents.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64311. Atomic and Molecular Spectra
Introduction to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, hydrogen and helium atoms, perturbation theory, isotopes; introduction to nuclear physics. (Prerequisites: 64310 or 64314, 62215, and 62216, or equivalents.) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory hours a week.)
64314. Quantum Physics and Chemistry
(Same as 64310 without the laboratory.) Classical and quantum physics, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, atomic structure, Schroedinger equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, conduction in solids; semiconductor and superconductor devices. (Prerequisites: 62215 and 62216 or equivalents.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64315. Atomic and Molecular Spectra
(Same as 64311 without the laboratory.) Introduction to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, hydrogen and helium atoms, perturbation theory, isotopes; introduction to nuclear physics (Prerequisites: 64310 or 64314, 62215, and 62216 or equivalents.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64320. Electromagnetic Theory
Electrostatics, potential theory, boundaryvalue problems, multipole expansion, electrostatics of ponderable media, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations. (Prerequisites: 62215, 64220.) (Corequisite: 62216.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64323. Electromagnetic Waves
Maxwell's equations in macroscopic media, gauge invariance; electromagnetic waves in a relativistic formulation; propagation, refraction, and reflection at dielectric and metal interfaces; polarization, Stokes parameters; Fourier analysis; transmission lines, wave guides, relativistic dynamics of charges in external fields. (Prerequisites: 64222, 64320, and 62318) (Corequisite 62360) (3 lecture, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours a week.)
64350. Classical Mechanics I
Dynamics of particles and systems of particles; Newtonian mechanics in the Lagrangean formulation; variational principles, conservation laws; symmetry and Noether's theorem; twobody central forces, scattering; small oscillations. (Prerequisites: 64250, 62215, and 62216 or equivalents.) (3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
64351. Classical Mechanics II
Rotational motion, noninertial frames; rigidbody rotations, inertia tensor, Euler's equations, chaotic systems. Hamiltonian formulation; canonical transformations; Poisson brackets, symmetry groups; Hamilton Jacobi theory; Schroedinger equation. (Prerequisite: 64350.) (3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour a week.)
64370. Introduction to Medical Physics
Physical principles and experimental techniques applied to medicine and biology. Applications of xrays and gamma rays in medical diagnosis and therapy. Physical principles of lasers, ultrasound, and magnetic fields in mapping structures. Physical techniques for the diagnosis and therapy of the human body. This course is intended to be of interest to students in Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry, as well as Physics. (Prerequisite: 64140 and 64141, or the consent of the instructor.)
64398. Coop Work Term II
Supervised experience in an approved careerrelated setting with a focus on the application of theory and the development of transferable skills. The coop work experience is designed to provide students with an enriched learning opportunity to integrate academic theory and concepts in an applied setting. (Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in a cooperative education program. Offered on a Pass/nonPass basis. Supervised practicum requires the successful completion of a minimum of 420 hours. Students who do not pass the course can not continue in the coop program.)
64412. Research
Design, researching, execution and managing, analysis, and reporting (Written and oral) of a supervised physics project in a recognized research laboratory, on or offcampus. This is a problembased course with emphasis on team work. Normally, three reports are to be submitted: a report on background, one on the research plan, and a final report containing the main results, conclusions, and suggestions for further work. With departmental approval, the research may be applied toward partial fulfillment of the M.Sc. degree. (3540 laboratory hours a week.) (9.0 credit hours.)
64420. Classical Electrodynamics
Conservation laws, Bremsstrahlung scattering of radiation, multipole radiations fields, LiénardWiechert potentials, Green functions, radiation reaction, LorentzDirac equation, radiation from timedependent currents. (Prerequisites: 64320 and 64323.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64431. Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
Thermal equilibrium, diffusive equilibrium; Boltzmann and Gibbs distributions, canonical and grand canonical partition functions; thermodynamics from statistical mechanics, entropy, work, heat; Helmholtz free energy, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, GibbsDuhem relation, equations of state, Maxwell relations, response functions; Planck distribution and thermal radiation, FermiDirac distribution and the Fermi gas, BoseEinstein distribution and the Bose gas, ideal gas; chemical reactions; binary mixtures; phase transitions; elementary kinetic theory. (Prerequisites: 59240, 64310 or 64314, 64311 or 64315, and 59340 (for Chemistry students only).)
64443. Quantum Optics and Spectroscopy
Emission and absorption of optical radiation, the widths of spectral lines, stimulated emission and transition probabilities, atomic structure and angular momentum coupling, the Zeeman effect, introduction to molecular spectroscopy. (Prerequisites: 64323 and 64450.) (A directed, selfstudy course. 1 consultation hour a week.)
64450. Quantum Mechanics I
Probability amplitudes and transformations; operators and physical observables; symmetries and conservation theorems; timedevelopment operator and Dyson expansion; twostate systems, density matrices; perturbation theory and the variational method; identical particles, spin, the ThomasFermi atom. (Prerequisites: 64315, 64350, and 62360 or consent of instructor.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64460. CondensedMatter Physics
Elements of crystallography, crystal diffraction, reciprocal lattices, lattice dynamics and thermal properties of solids, phonons, solution of Schroedinger equation in periodic potential, band theory, Fermi surfaces of metals and semiconductors, optical properties of dielectrics. (Prerequisite: 64314 or consent of instructor.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64463. Special Topics in Physics
Advanced topics in contemporary physics. (Prerequisite: to be determined according to the topic.) (May be given as a seminar course , or as a directed, selfstudy course.) (May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.)
64464. Special Techniques in Health Physics
This course consists of a variety of specialized topics involving the applications of the principles of physics to the study and characterization of living tissues, and the detection and treatment of pathological conditions. Topics will include the applications of acoustic microscopy, computational and statistical methods in medical physics, nanotechnology, and the interaction of ionizing radiation with living tissue. (Prerequisite: 64310 and 64311, or the consent of the instructor.) (Students can not recieve credit for both 64464 or 64612).
64470. Radiological Physics
Radioactive decay schemes, interaction of photons with matter, linear and mass attenuation coefficients, stopping power for charged particles, radiation detection and instrumentation. The course will include clinical experience. (Prerequisite: 64310 and 64311, or the consent of the instructor.)
64471. Introduction to Medical Imaging
The course will cover a broad range of modern imaging techniques and their theoretical foundations, such as ultrasound, planar xray imaging, computer tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and single positron imaging tomography (SPET). The course will include practical laboratory experience at the University of Windsor, and at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. (Prerequisite: 64310 and 64311, or the consent of the instructor.)
64484. Design and Application of Lasers
Stimulated emission, rate equation approach to amplification and output power calculations; Gaussian beams, stable and unstable resonators, Qswitching, modelocking and cavity dumping, ruby, Nd:YAG and other solidstate lasers, semiconductor, gas and dye lasers. (Prerequisites: 64311 or 64220, and 64222, or three years of Electrical Engineering or Engineering Materials, or equivalent.) (3 lecture hours a week.)
64496. Technical Communication Skills
Introductory lectures and workshops on technical writing and instruction, followed by supervised instruction of firstyear Physics students in 64151, and projects in writing resumes and technical manuals and in preparing a multimedia computer module for a problem area in physics instruction. The computer module can employ any suitable combination of Maple, C++, Visual Basic, HTML, Java. (Prerequisite: 64151.) (2 lecture, 2 laboratory honours a week.)
64498. Coop Work Term III
Supervised experience in an approved careerrelated setting with a focus on the application of theory and the development of transferable skills. The coop work experience is designed to provide students with an enriched learning opportunity to integrate academic theory and concepts in an applied setting. (Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in a cooperative education program. Offered on a Pass/nonPass basis. Supervised practicum requires the successful completion of a minimum of 420 hours. Students who do not pass the course can not continue in the coop program.) 