Physics (PHY)

PHY-100  Conceptual Physics  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course provides a conceptual introduction to the basic physics of everyday life. Topics included are: mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics, sound, and other modern physics topics.

Prerequisite: MATH-090 or MATH-090B (with a grade of C or better). A recent change in California law (AB 705) allows placement of students in college-level math and clears the prerequisite for this course.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5A

CSU Area(s): B1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-101  Basic Physics: Energy and Motion  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course provides a non-calculus based introduction to the basic physics of motion and thermodynamics. It covers the general principles of mechanics, heat and fluid dynamics. The course is designed for pre-dental and pre-optometry students, as well as for students with a general interest in science.

Prerequisite: MATH-105 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: PHY 105

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-102  Basic Electricity and Modern Physics  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course facilitates the study of various topics in physics including thermodynamics, electromagnetism, DC circuits, optics and modern physics while focusing on the student's development of technical problem solving skills, vocabulary and the ability to read and understand scientific literature.

Prerequisite: PHY-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-201  Mechanics and Wave Motion  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This course is a calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics of solids and fluids. The main topics covered 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.

Prerequisite: MATH-211 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: PHYS 205

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-202  Electricity and Magnetism  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This calculus based course covers topics in thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism including electric fields and potential; Gauss' law, capacitance, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law and induction, electromagnetic oscillations, DC and AC circuits.

Prerequisite: PHY-201 (with a grade of C or better).

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH-212 or higher (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: PHYS 210

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-202H  Honors Electricity and Magnetism  

4 Units (LEC 48-54, LBE 48-54)

This calculus based course covers topics in thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism including electric fields and potential; Gauss' law, capacitance, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law and induction, electromagnetic oscillations, DC and AC circuits.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PHY-201 (with a grade of C or better).

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH-212 or higher (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: PHYS 210

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-203  Optics and Modern Physics  

4 Units (LAB 48-54, LEC 48-54)

This course is a calculus based study of optics and modern physics. Subjects covered include Optics, Relativity, Quantum Physics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics.

Prerequisite: PHY-201 (with a grade of C or better).

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH-213 or higher (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

C-ID: PHYS 215

IGETC Area(s): 5A, 5C

CSU Area(s): B1, B3

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS A

PHY-299  Special Projects: Physics  

1-3 Unit (IS 16-54)

Students with previous course work in the program may do special projects that involve research and special study. The actual nature of the project must be determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisite: Two Physics classes must be completed prior to enrollment; a contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Transfers to CSU only