PHYSICAL SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS & ENGINEERING DIVISION (PSME)

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

18 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 placement test. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Natural Sciences | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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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 | ||

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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, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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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 Spring 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, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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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 | ||

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

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

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

Advisory: Students who have not taken physics in high school are strongly encouraged to take either PHYS 2A or 6 prior; not open to students with credit in PHYS 5A and 5B. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Natural Sciences | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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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, 3 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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

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

Prerequisites: PHYS 4B or 5A, 5B and 5C; MATH 1C. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

5 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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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, 3 hours laboratory. (96 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU and UC | ||

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PHYS 6 | INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS | 5 Units |

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

Prerequisite: 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 Spring quarter. | ||

PHYS 12 | INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS | 5 Units |

Non-mathematical introduction to the ideas of modern physics intended for majors in the physical sciences. Introduction to the history and ideas of physics focus on three areas of modern physics, 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. Examine 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 | ||

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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?” Explore changes that are occurring in the atmosphere due to climate change and their affect on Earth's ecosystems. Will also explore the predicted changes in Earth's systems over the next century. 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 Spring quarter. | ||

PHYS 54H | HONORS INSTITUTE SEMINAR IN PHYSICS | 1 Unit |

A seminar in directed readings, discussions and projects in physics. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor. The subject matter for this seminar will be drawn from a number of possible topics, including Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics, celestial mechanics, astrophysics, the role of the Eigenvalue problem in advanced physics, historical approaches to physics (Galileo, Newton) or other topics of mutual interest to the instructor and students. | ||

Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant. | ||

Advisory: Not open to students with credit in PHYS 34H. | ||

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

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

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

Not scheduled for the Spring quarter. | ||

PHYS 70R | INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS | 1 Unit |

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 laboratory per week. (36 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

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PHYS 71R | INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS | 2 Units |

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. | ||

6 hours laboratory per week. (72 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

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PHYS 72R | INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS | 3 Units |

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. | ||

9 hours laboratory per week. (108 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

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PHYS 73R | INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS | 4 Units |

Repeatability: Not Repeatable. | ||

12 hours laboratory per week. (144 hours total per quarter.) | ||

GE Area: Non-GE Applicable | ||

Transferability: CSU | ||

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