PHYS-100 Topics in Physics

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in Physics.Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

 

PHYS-110                     Descriptive Physics

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Physical Sciences.

This course presents a descriptive study of the fundamental laws of forces, motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics, with discussions and experimental illustrations. The emphasis will be on the impact of physics on the layman.This course is not open to students who have completed any course in college physics.

 

PHYS-110L                     Descriptive Physics Laboratory

1.5 Units: 18 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: PHYS 110

Advisory: MATH 118

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Physical Sciences.

This course is designed to augment PHYS 110.Students will perform one experiment per week and investigate such phenomena as gravity, buoyancy, electricity, and nuclear reaction.

 

PHYS-120 General College Physics I

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: MATH 171

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course presents a general study of properties of matter, mechanics, heat and sound, with related laboratory experiments.This course does not fulfill the requirements in physics for the engineering or physical science major.

 

PHYS-120H                     General College Physics I (Honors)

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: MATH 180 or 190.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course differs significantly from PHYS 120 only in the inclusion of calculus-based developments and applications.

 

PHYS-121 General College Physics II

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 120H.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

The course presents a general study of electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear theory with related laboratory experiments.This course does not fulfill the requirements in physics for the engineering or physical science major.

 

PHYS-121H                     General College Physics II (Honors)

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: PHYS 120H

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course presents a general study of electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear theory with related laboratory experiments. This course does not fulfill the requirements in physics for the engineering or physical science major. This course differs significantly from PHYS 121 only in the inclusion of calculus-based development and applications.

 

PHYS-130 General Physics I

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Pre-requisite: MATH 191 or may be taken concurrently

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science,  and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course presents a lecture and laboratory study of mechanics and properties ofmatter, statics and dynamics of translation and rotation, fluid mechanics, wave motion, and sound for students majoring in engineering, physics, and chemistry.

 

PHYS-230 General Physics II

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: PHYS 130 and MATH 290

Co-requisite: MATH 290 may be taken concurrently.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science,  and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course is a continuation of PHYS 130.The fundamentals of electricity and magnetism will be presented, including study of electric fields, potential, resistance, current electricity, DC networks, magnetism, inductance, alternating current, electromagnetic waves and electronics.

 

PHYS-231 General Physics III

4 Units: 90 hours of lecture, 36 hours of laboratory, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: PHYS 130 and MATH 290

Co-requisite: MATH 290 may be taken concurrently.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area B1-Physical Science, and the IGETC for Area 5A: Physical Science.

This course is a continuation of PHYS 230. This semester covers three largely independent topics in physics: Thermal physics, including temperature, basic heat flow and the laws of thermodynamics; Optics, including both geometric and physical optics; and 20th Century physics, which covers special relativity, introductory quantum mechanics, and fundamental nuclear physics.

 

PHYS-298                     Independent Study

.2-4 Units:  3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and Vice President. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in Physics under the direction of an instructor.