PHYSICAL SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS & ENGINEERING DIVISION (PSME)

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

17 Course Descriptions found.

PHYS 2A | GENERAL PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in mechanics; properties of matter. | ||

Prerequisite: MATH 48C or higher placement on the Foothill College Placement Exam. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Natural Sciences | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 2AM | GENERAL PHYSICS - CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT | 1 Unit |

Application of calculus to physics topics and problems in mechanics. | ||

Prerequisite: MATH 1A | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B and PHYS 2A. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 2B | GENERAL PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in thermal physics; electricity and magnetism and fluids. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 2A. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 2BM | GENERAL PHYSICS - CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT | 1 Unit |

Application of calculus to physics topics and problems in electricity and magnetism. | ||

Prerequisite: MATH 1B. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2B. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 2C | GENERAL PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in waves; optics; introductory quantum mechanics; atomic physics; and nuclear physics. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 2B. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 2CM | GENERAL PHYSICS - CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT | 1 Unit |

Application of calculus to physics topics and problems in thermodynamics, waves, optics and modern physics. | ||

Prerequisite: MATH 1B. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 4A | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | 6 Units |

Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics. | ||

Prerequisite: High school physics or PHYS 6 (highly recommended) or PHYS 2A. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B. | ||

Advisory: Not open to students that have credit in PHYS 5A and 5B. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Natural Sciences | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 4B | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | 6 Units |

Classical electricity and magnetism. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 4A. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 4C | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | 6 Units |

Thermodynamics; mechanical, acoustical, and electromagnetic waves; optics. | ||

Prerequisites: PHYS 4B or 5A, 5B and 5C. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1D. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 4D | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | 6 Units |

Special relativity, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, particle physics. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 4C. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2A. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 5A | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) EXTENDED | 5 Units |

Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics. PHYS 5A+5B+5C is designed to provide the same content as PHYS 4A+4B, at a slower pace. | ||

Prerequisite: MATH 1A. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1B. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Natural Sciences | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 5B | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) EXTENDED | 5 Units |

Mathematics-physics interrelationships, classical Newtonian mechanics and Electricity. PHYS 5A+5B+5C is designed to provide the same content as PHYS 4A+4B, at a slower pace. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 5A. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 5C | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) EXTENDED | 5 Units |

Classical electricity and magnetism. PHYS 5A+5B+5C is designed to provide the same content as PHYS 4A+4B, at a slower pace. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 5B. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 2 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 6 | INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Lectures, demonstrations, and problems in mechanics, electricity and magnetism. | ||

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 48C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 12 | INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Non-mathematical introduction to the ideas of modern physics designed for those not majoring in the physical sciences. After a brief introduction to the history and ideas of physics in general, the course focuses on three areas of modern physics which have revolutionized our understanding of nature: thermodynamics and the concept of entropy, Einstein's special and general theories of relativity, and quantum mechanics. The key ideas in these areas are explained using demonstrations, analogies, and examples drawn, whenever possible, from the student's own experience. We also examine (briefly) the impact these physics ideas have had on other fields, such as poetry, literature and music. No background in science or math is assumed. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 27 | COOKING THE EARTH | 4 Units |

Cooking the Earth presents the science behind the Climate Change headlines and will answer the question “How does climate change work?” This course will explore changes that are occurring in the atmosphere due to climate change and their affect on Earth's ecosystems. We will also explore the predicted changes in Earth's systems over the next century. This course does not require a background in physics or biology. | ||

Advisory: Not open to students with credit in BIOL 27. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

PHYS 70R | INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS | 1-4 Units |

This course of study provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Physics beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

3 hours per week, per unit, as determined by unit value of the contracted project or course of study; 36-144 total hours. (0 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

Not scheduled for the Winter quarter. | ||

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