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    Modification to the Honours Physics program

    April 15, 2019

    The honours program will no longer have PHYS 551 (Quantum Theory) as a required course in U3 for the program. It is now part of the complementary list for U3 courses. The rationale is that the program requires two classical mechanics, two electromagnetism and two thermal and statistical mechanics courses, and thus should have two required quantum mechanics courses.


    Changes to current courses

    April 11, 2019

    PHYS 214 Introductory Astrophysics: this course will now be labeled as PHYS 320. The prerequisites are now PHYS 230 or PHYS 260, or permission of the instructor. MATH 222 might be added as a prerequisite. The course description will change to "A survey of astrophysics ranging from stars and planets, to compact objects, galaxies, and the large-scale evolution of the Universe. A calculus-based course, with a focus on simple mathematical derivations that capture the essential physics". Effective in Fall 2020.

    PHYS 434 Optics: this course will now be offered in the Fall term rather than the Winter term. Thus PHYS 342 or PHYS 352 will be corequisite instead of being prerequisite. Effective in Fall 2019.

    PHYS 446 Majors Quantum Physics: this course will now be labeled PHYS 346, with the intention that students will take it in U2 rather than U3. Effective in Fall 2020.

    PHYS 479 Honours Research Project: this course will now be name Physics Research Project, with the course description "A supervised research project". This way it will be available to Majors students as well. The restriction is now "U2 or U3 students in a Physics program, or permission of the instructor. Effective in Winter 2020.

    PHYS 521 Astrophysics: the restriction to Honours students only is removed so that U3 Majors students can take it as well. The course description is updated to "An advanced course in modern astrophysics, covering topics such as the basic tools of astronomy (statistics, mathematical methods, computational tools, and instrumentation); stellar astrophysics (properties, structure, atmospheres, binaries/exoplanets); the interstellar medium, star formation, stellar evolution and endpoints (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes); and the Milky Way, galaxies, and cosmology". Effective in Fall 2019.


    Majors Physics Concentration Revision

    April 6, 2019

    The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee revised the Physics Majors program, with the following changes:

    • Create a complementary list of courses to allow students to focus on different areas, such as experimental physics or astrophysics, while also making available several courses that are not included in the current Majors. The complementary list includes PHYS 319, 320 (previously PHYS 214), 321, 328, 404, 432, 434, 439, 479, 512, 519 and 521;
    • The required courses are then MATH 222, 223, 314, 315, COMP 208, PHYS 230, 232, 241, 257, 258, 331, 333, 339, 340, 342, 346 (previously PHYS 446), 447, 449;
    • Add a required computing course: COMP 208 Computer Programming for Physical Sciences and Engineering;
    • Students coming into the program with sufficient knowledge of computer programming may replace COMP 208 with PHYS 512 or another COMP course after consulting with an advisor.

    Effective in Fall 2020.


    New Physics Courses

    March 31, 2019

    The Physics Department devised two new awesome courses:

    • PHYS 321 Data Science and Observational Astrophysics: prerequisite is COMP 208 and corequisite is PHYS 241, or equivalent knowledge with permission of the instructor. Will be first taught in Winter 2020.
    • PHYS 512 Computational Physics with Applications: basic familiarity with computer programming is highly recommended, open to U3 and graduate students. Will be first taught in Fall 2019.

    Awkward Mixer 2016

    Nov 01, 2016

    Take some time off Saturday, November 12th and come join us for this year's Awkward Mixer! Admission is free, which means you can bring anyone to enjoy the live music and take advantage of the drink deals! Early bird drink tickets are available for $2 from each participating department during their office hours - don't miss out!

    Go here to find out more and let the world know that you'll be there! Big thanks to ZTE for helping to support this event - to find out more about them and their most recent product see this.


    Grad School Talk 2016

    October 10, 2016

    Hello future graduate students! MSPS will be holding another "How to Get into Grad School" talk again this year. There will be a panel of two McGill professors and five current graduate students there to answer your burning questions. Come and learn about what professors look for in applicants, and what other grad students like and don't like about the program. This year's professors are Bill Coish and Daryl Haggard and Thomas Brunner. If you're not sure about graduate school, come and see if academia and research is right for you, and also, there will also be FREE PIZZA!

    Check out the event here!


    Funding Opportunity for CCUWiP 2017 McMasters

    October 7, 2016

    The McGill Society of Physics Students (MSPS), as an organisation, will be applying for the SUS Ambassador Fund to help cover a fraction of the cost involved in attending the CCUWiP 2017 in McMasters. The amount will be dependent on the number of students responding to this survey. Further information on the reimbursement will be given later in the term.

    Please fill out the following form to apply for the funding.

    You can still apply for the CCUWiP. The deadline is October 15th. For more information, go here.

    BE SURE TO KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS AND PROOF OF REGISTRATION


    First Coffee and Brownies

    September 28, 2016

    Well will bringing back the awesome FREE coffee and brownies to the lounge again this year. Join us this Friday in the lounge (Rm. 116) at 10:30am for delicious homemade brownies, and freshly brewed coffee. Come meet other physics students, and find out more about what the MSPS does from the execs!


    Women in Physics Pub Crawl 3.0

    September 26, 2016

    Join the third annual WiP Pub Crawl, where you can get awesome deals at BDP, Ye Olde Orchard, Bifteck and Bizzarts! Check out the facebook event here. You can get these awesome deals when you wear one of the awesome WiP shirts. The pre-orders are over for the shirt, but you can come and buy any extras on September 28th-30th in the Rutherford lobby, for only $15.


    Funding Opportunity for CUPC 2016 Dalhousie

    September 24, 2016

    The McGill Society of Physics Students (MSPS), as an organisation, will be applying for the SUS Ambassador Fund to help cover a fraction of the cost involved in attending the CUPC 2016 in Dalhousie. Students are required to either give a talk or a poster presentation. The amount will be dependent on the number of students responding to this survey. Further information on the reimbursement will be given later in the term.

    Please fill out the following form to apply for the funding.

    BE SURE TO KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS AND PROOF OF REGISTRATION


    MSPS Welcome Back BBQ

    September 15, 2016

    Come to the entrance of Rutherford Physics Building from 11:00am-2:00pm for delicious burgers, hotdogs, and drinks. To welcome the new U1s in physics, you guys will get one free hotdog if you come by! We will also be selling physics hoodies ($40) and Ein-steins that will bend space and time ($4 with free drink). So come down and say hi!

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