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Physics Courses

Physics Courses

General Physics

Course Number: PHYS 3A

Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite or corequisite MATH 3A

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, sound, heat, and thermodynamics for students majoring in the biological and medical sciences.

 

General Physics

Course Number: PHYS 3B
Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite: PHYS 3A
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Electric and magnetic forces, fields, and energy DC and AC circuits, light, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, nuclei, particles, and astrophysics for students majoring in the biological and medical sciences.

 

General Physics with Calculus

Course Number: PHYS 4A
Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite MATH 3A
Recommended preparation: PHYS 10

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: otion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound

 

General Physics with Calculus

Course Number: PHYS 4B

Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite(s) PHYS 4A and MATH 3B

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Thermodynamics, electric forces and fields, magnetic forces and fields, electricity, and AC and DC circuits

 

General Physics with Calculus

Course Number: PHYS 4C
Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Prerequisite(s) PHYS 4B and MATH 3C

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Light, interference, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei.

 

Introduction to Physics

Course Number: PHYS 10
Units: 4

Class: 4 hours lecture (GR)
Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in PHYS 2A-2B or 4A-4B-4C

Recommended preparation MATH 201 or 202

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Elementary study of major topics of physics motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation, sound, electromagnetics, light, quantum physics, atoms, nuclei, and relativity.

 

Selected Topics in Physics

Course Number: PHYS 48GA-MZ
Units: .5-5

Class: 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR)

Acceptable for credit: CSU, UCâ—†
See section on Selected Topics.

 

Physics for Building Science

Course Number: PHYS 99
Units: 4

Class: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

Recommended preparation MATH 201 or 210A-D
Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in ECT 1.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles of physics relevant to environmental control technologies: Thermodynamics, electricity and power conversion, and properties of light; emphasis on laboratory applications and safe practices for working with chemicals, electrical devices, and compressed gases.

 

Selected Topics in Physics

Course Number: PHYS 248GA-MZ
Units: .5-5

Class: 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR)

See section on Selected Topics.