Physics Courses

PHYS 2A - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS

5 Units; 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MATH 124
Recommended Preparation: PHYS 20 or high school physics
Intended for students in the sciences and related subjects who are required to complete a physics course based on trigonometry. A study of mechanics, vibration and waves, fluids, and thermodynamics. Topics include kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions, Newton's Laws of motion, energy and momentum, conservation principles, statics, kinematics and dynamics of rotation, elasticity, Hook's Law, simple harmonic motions, wave behavior, interference and standing waves, properties of fluids, Pascal's and Bernoulli's principles, temperature, heat calorimetry, the gas laws, and the laws of thermodynamics. NR

PHYS 2B - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS

5 Units; 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: PHYS 2A
A continuation course from PHYS 2A. Study of electrostatics, electromagnetism, optics atomic and nuclear physics. Topics include electric charge, fields, circuits, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, electric applications, lenses and mirrors, wave optics, optical applications, waves and particles, special relativity, the Bohr atom, quantum concepts, the nucleus, nuclear processes and energy. NR

PHYS 4A - GENERAL PHYSICS

5 Units; 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MATH 3A
Recommended Preparation: CS 1A and PHYS 20 or high school physics
A calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics of solids and fluids. The main topics are kinematics, Newtonian mechanics including translational and rotational statics and dynamics, universal gravitation, work, energy, momentum, fluid statics, dynamics, and oscillations. Experiments in lab examine the basic laws of the mechanics of solids and fluids. Objectives include the use of common measuring instruments, the principles of data taking and analysis, and the writing of scientific reports. NR

PHYS 4B - GENERAL PHYSICS

5 Units; 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: PHYS 4A & MATH 3B
A calculus-based introduction to classical electromagnetism. Topics include electrostatics, electric potential, capacitance, electrodynamics, direct and alternating current circuits, magnetic forces and fields, fields, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Experiments in labs examine some of the basic phenomena in electromagnetism. Students are to become proficient in the use of common, modern measuring instruments e.g. digital and analog voltmeters, ammeters, ohmmeters and the oscilloscope. The principles of data taking and analysis, and the writing of scientific reports are emphasized. NR

PHYS 4C - GENERAL PHYSICS

5 Units; 4 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: PHYS 4A & MATH 3B
A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of wave motion, thermodynamics, optics and modern physics. Topics include classical wave theory, thermodynamics, wave-particle duality, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, optical elements and systems, applications of Schrodinger's equation, atomic structure, molecular structure, the quantum nature of solids, special and general relativity, nuclear physics, particle physics, and cosmology. Experiments in lab will examine some of the basic phenomena in wave motion, thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics. The use of common, modern instruments, e.g. digital storage oscilloscopes, lasers, spectrometers, will be learned and practiced during the experiments. NR

PHYS 20 - THE IDEAS AND EVENTS OF PHYSICS

4 Units; 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Intended for students not majoring in science. Focuses on major discoveries, ideas and methods in physics. Included are simple motions, the nature of matter and energy, electric and magnetic effects, and 20th-century ideas in relativity, and atomic and nuclear science. Emphasis is on understanding concepts rather than mathematical aspects. This course is also suggested for students having no previous physics training as preparation for more advanced physics courses. NR