Mathematical Physics

The relationship between Mathematics and Physics is one of great intimacy. Newton created and developed calculus to describe physical phenomena. Einstein used Riemannian geometry to formulate its gravitational theory of general relativity In fact, for a long time in the history of science, there was very little distinction between Mathematics and Physics. In the modern era, the two fields have evolved separately, but continue to be very closely connected.

On the one hand, Mathematics is an essential tool for Physics. It is the language that we use to formulate physical models. From calculus to algebra, geometry to group theory, mathematics is fundamental to theoretical and experimental physics.

On the other hand, Physics is a fantastic source of insight in Mathematics. Not only are mathematical structures often developed for the needs of physics, but modern theoretical physics has also been the origin of profound new developments in pure mathematics itself. The synergy between the two fields is remarkable.

Course Material

In the Mathematical Physics program, you will cover topics such as:

  • how to describe and analyze physical systems mathematically,
  • classical mechanics,
  • quantum mechanics,
  • thermodynamics,
  • relativity,
  • and more.

The program will introduce you to a wide variety of physical models and the beautiful mathematics underlying them.

Employment for Mathematical Physicians

Graduates of the Mathematical Physics program are well suited to postgraduate studies in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering. Many establish careers in research, taking up academic positions in universities, colleges and research institutes.

However, an increasing number of graduates branch out into the commercial sectors, working in areas such as computing, financial/market analysis, medical physics and imaging, data analysis, and more. The ability to formulate and solve problems that is developed in the Mathematical Physics program is highly sought-after in the private sector. The possibilities are endless.

Degree Options for Mathematical Physics

Honors in Mathematical Physics (Calendar section 194.15.7)

  • This program is administered by the Department of Physics and perfectly blends physics and mathematics curricula for those students interested in exploring both exciting avenues of science.