UBC Course Reviews: Physics

2020 October

This post should probably be split into two posts, one for the physics courses proper and one for the (sometimes more applied) labs. I'll keep it them in one post for now since there's no content anyways.

Physics Courses

PHYS 157: Introductory Physics for Engineers I

Heat, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves, and sound.

PHYS 158: Introductory Physics for Engineers II

Electricity and magnetism, DC and AC circuits, optics.

PHYS 170: Mechanics I

Statics of particles, equilibrium or rigid bodies, rigid body statics and internal forces, trusses; kinematics: rectilinear motion; dynamics: Newton's second law, friction, impulse, momentum, work and energy.

PHYS 250: Introduction to Modern Physics

Wave-particle duality of matter, special relativity, processes in atomic, nuclear and solid state, and introduction to quantum mechanical devices and techniques.

ENPH 270: Mechanics II

Dynamics: systems of particles, kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies (plane motion), energy and momentum, rotating coordinates.

APSC 278: Engineering Materials

Atomic bonding; crystal structures and imperfections; properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, wood, concrete and fibre composite materials; selection of materials; corrosion; mechanical testing and heat treatment.

PHYS 301: Electricity and Magnetism

Maxwell's equations and their applications, electrical fields and potentials of static charge distributions, current, fields of moving charges, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction.

PHYS 304: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Principles and applications of quantum mechanics, wave mechanics, the Schroedinger equation, expectation values, Hermitian operators, commuting observables, one-dimensional systems, harmonic oscillators, angular momentum, three dimensional systems.

PHYS 350: Applications of Classical Mechanics

Review of principles. Particle mechanics: Euler's equations, tops and gyroscopes, motion of the Earth, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Variational principles in optics and mechanics, Liouville's theorem and statistical mechanics. The relationship between classical and quantum mechanics.

PHYS 401: Electromagnetic Theory

Applications of Maxwell's theory. Wave propagation in dielectrics, conductors and plasmas, wave guides, radiation, antennae, and special relativity.

PHYS 403: Statistical Mechanics

Principles and applications of statistical mechanics. Ideal gases, degenerate Fermi gases, Bose-Einstein condensation, black body radiation, fluctuations and phase transitions.

PHYS 410: Computational Physics

Scientific programming applied to problems in physics. Fundamentals of numerical analysis for continuum problems. Solution of linear and non-linear algebraic systems, ordinary differential equations and stochastic problems.

Physics Labs

PHYS 159: Introductory Physics Laboratory for Engineers

A laboratory course with emphasis on experimental design, measurement and analysis techniques.

ENPH 259: Experimental Techniques

Basic experimental techniques in acquisition, analysis, and presentation and communication of data and technical results.

ENPH 257: Heat and Thermodynamics

Thermometry, thermal properties of matter; heat transfer by conduction; convection and radiation; kinetic theory of gases and gas laws; heat engines; refrigeration; change of state; first and second laws of thermodynamics.

ENPH 253: Introduction to Instrument Design

Practice in engineering design and instrument development including mechanical and electrical design, and communications with sensors, actuators. Micro-controller implementation and system integration. Engineering design review process and presentations. Engineering communication in design and product release.

APSC 279: Engineering Materials Laboratory

Atomic bonding; crystal structures and imperfections; properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, wood, concrete and fibre composite materials; selection of materials; corrosion; mechanical testing and heat treatment.

ENPH 352: Laboratory Techniques in Physics

Some of the experiments will be based on the lecture material for PHYS 301. Other techniques and subjects will also be covered.

ENPH 459: Engineering Physics Project I

Project planning, management and reporting. This course involves writing a project proposal, carrying out an open-ended Engineering project, and reporting the results both orally and in writing.

ENPH 479: Engineering Physics Project II

Projects designed to give students research development and design experience. Projects are provided by research faculty in Science and Engineering and from local industry.

PHYS 408: Optics

Principles and applications of optical physics. Interference, diffraction, coherence, polarization, Fresnel relations, optical coatings, waves in dielectric media, Gaussian beams, waveguides, optical cavities, lasers, fibre optics, and Fourier optics.