Sharon Morsink, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics



1991 BSc (Honours Physics) University of Waterloo

1997 PhD (Theoretical Physics) University of Alberta

1997 - 1999 Postdoc, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

1999 - 2005 Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

2005 - 2020 Associate Professor, University of Alberta

2020 - present Professor, University of Alberta


Neutron stars; Relativistic astrophysics


ASTRO 430 - Physical Cosmology

Observational cosmology; geometry and matter content of the Universe; physical processes in the early stages of the Universe; inflation, Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the cosmic microwave background radiation; cosmological aspects of galaxy formation and the growth of large-scale structure. Prerequisites: PHYS 310, MA PH 251 or MATH 334. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 458.

PHYS 181 - Relativity, Electricity and Magnetism

This calculus-based course starts with the breakdown of the Galilean concepts of space and time near the speed of light, and an introduction to Einstein's Special Relativity including: time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, relativistic energy and momentum, relativistic Doppler effect and basic 4-vectors. The second part of the course covers introductory electromagnetism including: electric forces and fields, electric potential, capacitance, DC circuits, magnetic forces and fields, magnetic fields from currents, and Faraday's Law of electromagnetic induction. Prerequisite: PHYS 124 (see Note following) or 144 or EN PH 131. Corequisite: One of MATH 118 or 146. Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS 181 or 230 or 281. Note: To proceed to PHYS 181 after taking PHYS 124, it is strongly recommended that a minimum grade of B- be achieved in PHYS 124.

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