Kirk Kaminsky, BMath, PhD (Physics), BEd
Contact
Science Faculty Lecturer and Undergraduate Physics Advisor, Faculty of Science  Physics Admin
 kaminsky@ualberta.ca
 Phone
 (780) 4921070
 Address

4185 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
Overview
Research
quantum field theory, field theoretic limits of string theory
Teaching
interactive physics simulation and education software; undergraduate physics curriculum renewal
Courses
MA PH 251  Differential Equations for Physics
Differential equations occur throughout undergraduate physics and being able to solve them is a critical mathematical skill for all physicists. The first part of the course emphasizes solution techniques to linear, second order ordinary differential equations, including series solutions and an introduction to trigonometric Fourier series via inhomogeneous equations. Nonlinear and systems of ordinary differential equations will also be discussed. The second part of the course introduces partial differential equations with a focus on the three classical linear second order partial differential equations of mathematical physics: the heat equation, the wave equation and Laplace's equation, and techniques for solving them including separation of variables, Fourier series and the d'Alembert solution of the wave equation. Examples from physics will be emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: MATH 146 or equivalent. Corequisite: MATH 214 or equivalent, and one of MATH 102 or 125 or 127. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of MA PH 251, MATH 201, MATH 334 or MATH 336.
PHYS 244  Mechanics
Particle dynamics; oscillating systems and normal modes; conservative forces and energy; introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics; central forces; orbital motion and scattering. Prerequisite: one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Corequisite: MATH 120 or 125 or 127 or 102 or equivalent, and MATH 209 or 215 or 317 or equivalent.