Academic Calendar - 2018

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2018

Courses


Course Numbering

0001-0999* Pre-University level introductory courses
1000-1999 Year 1 courses
2000-4999 Senior-level undergraduate courses
5000-5999 Professional Degree courses in Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine and Theology (MTS, MDiv)
6000-6999 Courses offered by Continuing Studies
9000-9999 Graduate Studies courses

* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.


Suffixes

no suffix 1.0 course not designated as an essay course
A 0.5 course offered in first term
B 0.5 course offered in second term
A/B 0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
E 1.0 essay course
F 0.5 essay course offered in first term
G 0.5 essay course offered in second term
F/G 0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
H 1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
J 1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
K 0.75 course
L 0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
Q/R/S/T 0.25 course offered within a regular session
U 0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
W/X 1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
Y 0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
Z 0.5 essay course offered in other than a regular session

Glossary


Prerequisite

A course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course.


Corequisite

A course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.


Antirequisite

Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.


Essay Courses

Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).


Principal Courses

A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honors Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.



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Course Type




Physics


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.

Antirequisite(s): Grade 12U Physics or any university level Physics course.

Prerequisite(s): High School Physics (Grade 11 Advanced Level or equivalent) or permission of the Dean, and registration in the Preliminary Year program at Brescia University College.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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An introductory course in physics covering the foundation principles of kinematics, force and motion, work and energy, linear momentum, rotation, torque and angular momentum, fluids, oscillations, and waves. Physics 0011A/B and Physics 0012A/B in combination are equivalent to the Ontario Grade 12U level Physics.

Antirequisite(s): Ontario High School SPH4U, Physics 0010, any university-level Physics course.

Prerequisite(s): High School Physics (Grade 11 Advanced Level or equivalent) or permission of the Dean, and registration in the Preliminary Year program at Brescia University College.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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This course explores gravitation, electric circuits, electric fields and potential, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction. Physics 0011A/B and Physics 0012A/B in combination are equivalent to the Ontario Grade 12U level Physics.

Antirequisite(s): Ontario High School SPH4U or equivalent, Physics 0010, any university-level Physics course.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 0011A/B or permission of the Dean, and registration in the Preliminary Year program at Brescia University College.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1029A/B, Physics 1301A/B, Physics 1302A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1402A/B, Physics 1501A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026, Grade 12U Physics (SPH4U) if taken within the three years prior to the start of this course.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1301A/B, Physics 1302A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1402A/B, Physics 1501A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: Grade 12U Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Mathematics 0110A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1302A/B, Physics 1402A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.


Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/ tutorial hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1501A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Prerequisite(s): Grade 12U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics 0110A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: The department recommends that students also take a concurrent course that includes Calculus. This course, together with Physics 1302A/B, is a suitable prerequisite for modules having an introductory physics requirement (including modules in the Faculty of Science, modules offered by the basic Medical Science departments, and professional schools having a physics requirement).

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1029A/B, Physics 1402A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Prerequisite(s): one of Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B, or a minimum mark of 70% in Physics 1028A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: The department recommends that students also take a concurrent course that includes Calculus. This course, together with Physics 1301A/B, is a suitable prerequisite for modules having an introductory physics requirement (including modules in the Faculty of Science, modules offered by the basic Medical Science departments, and professional schools having a physics requirement).

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1301A/B, Physics 1501A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Prerequisite(s): Grade 12U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics 0110A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: Registration is restricted to students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1021, Physics 1029A/B, Physics 1302A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 1401A/B or permission of the Department.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: Registration is restricted to students in the Faculty of Engineering.

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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.


Prerequisite(s): Grade 12U Physics (SPH4U); Grade 12U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics 0110A/B. Corequisite(s): Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B or Applied Mathematics 1413.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: This course, together with Physics 1502A/B, is a suitable prerequisite for all modules in the Faculty of Science, for all modules offered by the basic medical science departments and for professional schools having a Physics requirement.

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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.


Prerequisite(s): one of Physics 1501A/B (preferred) or Physics 1301A/B, or Physics 1401A/B or a minimum mark of 80% in Physics 1028A/B; Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B. Corequisite(s): Calculus 1501A/B (preferred) or Calculus 1301A/B, or Applied Mathematics 1413.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours. Note: This course, together with Physics 1501A/B, is a suitable prerequisite for all modules in the Faculty of Science, for modules offered by the basic medical science departments and for professional schools having a Physics requirement.

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1301A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1501A/B or the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours. May not be taken for credit by students in the Faculty of Science.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1301A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1501A/B, or the former Physics 1020, Physics 1024, Physics 1026, Physics 2700A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours. May not be taken for credit by students in the Faculty of Science.

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

Prerequisite(s): Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1028A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1402A/B or Physics 1502A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1029A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; a minimum mark of 60% in each of (Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B) and (Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B), or in Applied Mathematics 1413. Integrated Science 1001X with a minimum mark of 60% can be used in place of Physics 1302A/B and Calculus 1301A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour.

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

Prerequisite(s): Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1028A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1402A/B or Physics 1502A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1029A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; a minimum mark of 60% in each of (Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B) and (Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B), or in Applied Mathematics 1413. Integrated Science 1001X with a minimum mark of 60% can be used in place of Physics 1302A/B and Calculus 1301A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour.

Course Weight: 0.50
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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.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1028A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1402A/B or Physics 1502A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1029A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; a minimum mark of 60% in each of (Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B) and (Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B), or in Applied Mathematics 1413. Pre-or Corequisite(s): Mathematics 1600A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours.

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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.


Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1028A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1402A/B or Physics 1502A/B with a minimum mark of 60% or Physics 1029A/B with a minimum mark of 80%; a minimum mark of 60% in each of (Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B) and (Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B), or in Applied Mathematics 1413. Integrated Science 1001X with a minimum mark of 60% can be used in place of Physics 1302A/B and Calculus 1301A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.

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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.

Extra Information: 1 lecture hour, 0.5 course.

Course Weight: 0
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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.

Antirequisite(s): Applied Mathematics 3151A/B.


Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Chemistry 3374A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2101A/B and Physics 2102A/B, or Physics 2128A/B and Physics 2129A/B; Physics 2110A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2101A/B and Physics 2102A/B, or the former Physics 2128A/B and Physics 2129A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): 0.5 course from: Physics 2101A/B, Physics 2129A/B, Physics 2810A/B; Calculus 2302A/B or Calculus 2502A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours. Typically offered in alternate years only.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Thermodynamics applied to classical and quantum systems. Thermodynamic laws, interactions, engines, phase transformations of pure substances, Boltzmann statistics, simple quantum systems.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2101A/B and Physics 2102A/B, or Physics 2128A/B and Physics 2129A/B; Physics 2110A/B or the former Physics 2900E.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2910F/G, or the former Physics 2900E.

Extra Information: 6 laboratory hours.

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Applied Mathematics 3911F/G.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2101A/B and Physics 2102A/B, or Physics 2128A/B and Physics 2129A/B; Physics 2110A/B and Physics 2910F/G, or the former Physics 2900E; Calculus 2303A/B or Calculus 2503A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.

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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.

Extra Information: 1 lecture hour.

Course Weight: 0
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Kinematics and conservation laws, ideal fluids, the Euler equations, irrotational flow, the Navier-Stokes equations, viscous flow, waves, instabilities.


Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Antirequisite(s): Applied Mathematics 4251A.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 3200A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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

Antirequisite(s): Applied Mathematics 4351A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 3300A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 2102A/B or Physics 2129A/B or Medical Biophysics 2129A/B, or permission of the Department.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An introduction to the instrumentation and techniques of radiation therapy.

Corequisite(s): Physics 3300A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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.


Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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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).

Prerequisite(s): 0.5 course from: Physics 2102A/B, Physics 2129A/B, Physics 2810A/B; Calculus 2302A/B or Calculus 2502A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours. Typically offered in alternate years only.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): 0.5 course from: Physics 2102A/B, Physics 2129A/B, Physics 2810A/B, the former Physics 2800, the former Materials Science 2800; Calculus 2302A/B or Calculus 2502A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours. Typically offered in alternate years only.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.

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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.

Extra Information: 1 lecture hour.

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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.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the fourth year of an honors Physics program.

Extra Information: 1.0 course.

Course Weight: 1.00
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