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What Is Physics?

The study of matter, energy and their interactions – is an international enterprise, which plays a key role in the future progress of humankind. Physics generates fundamental knowledge needed for the future technological advances that will continue to drive the economic engines of the world. This study is an important element in the education of chemists, engineers and computer scientists, as well as practitioners of the other physical and biomedical sciences. Physics extends and enhances our understanding of other disciplines, such as the earth, agricultural, chemical, biological, and environmental sciences, plus astrophysics and cosmology. Physics improves our quality of life by providing the basic understanding necessary for developing new instrumentation and techniques for medical applications, such as computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, ultrasonic imaging, and laser surgery. For all these reasons, physics is an essential part of the educational system and of an advanced society. Despite popular belief, physics graduates are actually highly sought after employees. A physics education emphasizes problem solving and abstract thinking and this training makes physics graduates very desirable employees in a wide variety of areas including education, finance, and journalism. These fundamental skills as well as training in practical subjects such as optics, lasers, computer interfacing, image processing and electronics also make them very desirable employees in high tech companies.


Physics At JUW

Department was offering Physics as a Minor subject (subsidiary) from 1999 to 2011. Mechanics, Waves, Oscillation & Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism and Modern Physics are the courses which are being offered as General (subsidiary) courses. Now from 2012 this program has been upgraded to BS level. Curriculum for BS (4 year) (Physics) and M.Sc. (2 year) (Physics) programs are approved from the board of studies in the light of Higher Education Commission approved guide- lines.


The scientist does not study nature because it is useful: he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.

As a career, physics covers many specialized fields — from acoustics, astronomy, and astrophysics to medical physics, geophysics, and vacuum sciences. Physics offers a variety of work activities; lab supervisor, researcher, technician, teacher, manager. Physics opens doors to employment opportunities throughout the world in government, industry, schools, and private organizations.


Course outline


Scheme Of Courses For M.Sc In Physics


First Year

First Semester Second Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ENG I 1011 English I 3 ENG II 1022 English II 3
PST 1011  Pakistan Studies 2 ITC 1012 Introduction to Computing 2+1
BIO 1611 Functional Biology I 3+0 GEN III Mathematics 3
GEN I 1011 Mathematics 3 GEN IV * 2+1
GEN II 1011 * 2+1 PHY 1022 Waves, Oscillation & Thermodynamics 2+1
PHY 1011 Mechanics and properties of matter 2+1

Second Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ENG III 2031 English III 3 ENG IV English IV 3
ISL 2011 Islamic Studies 2 BIO 2022 Functional Biology II 3
GEN V Mathematics 3 GEN VII Mathematics 3
PHY 2031 Electricity & Magnetism I 2+1 PHY 2052 Electricity & Magnetism II & Electronics 3+0
PHY 2041 Modern Physics I 3+0 PHY 2062 Modern Physics II 2+1

Third Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
PHY 3071 Mathematical Physics 3+0 PHY 3122 Quantum Mechanics I 3+0
PHY 3081 Classical Mechanics 3+0 PHY 3132 Mathematical Physics II 3+0
PHY 3091 Solid State Physics 3+0 PHY 3142 Electromagnetism I 3+0
PHY 3101 Computational Physics 3+0 PHY 3152 Electronics 3+0
PHY 3111 Laboratory 0+3 PHY 3162 Laboratory 0+3

Fourth Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
PHY 4xxx
Elective I
3+0 PHY 4xxx Elective III 3+0
PHY 4181
Electromagnetism II
3+0 PHY 4232 Quantum Mechanics II 3+0
PHY 4191
Nuclear Physics
3+0 PHY 4242 Statistical Mechanics 3+0
PHY  4201
Atomic & Molecular Physics
3+0 PHY 4252 Laboratory/Project 0+3
PHY 4211
0+3 PHY 4xxx Elective IV 3+0
PHY 4xxx
Elective II
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