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Physics


PHYSC 2A General Physics Units 4
Prerequisites: MATH 31 with a grade of "C" or better.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to include the following: linear and two-dimensional motion; conservation laws of energy and momentum; rotational motion; thermodynamics with special attention to energy conservation and alternative energy sources like solar energy; vibrations and waves; and special relativity. (UC, CSU, CAN PHYS 2, CAN PHYSC SEQ A with both PHYSC 2A and 2B)

PHYSC 2B General Physics Units 4
Prerequisites: PHYSC 2A with a grade of "C" or better.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to cover topics in electricity and magnetism, geometric and physical optics, and introductory modern physics. Electricity and magnetism covers direct-current (DC) circuit theory, use of the oscilloscope, and frequency-dependent alternating-current (AC) circuit analysis; modern physics includes relativity, atomic structure, the nucleus, and nuclear energy. (UC, CSU, CAN PHYS 4, CAN PHYS SEQ A with both PHYSC 2A and 2B)

PHYSC 4A Principles of Physics: Mechanics Units 4
Prerequisites: MATH 2 with grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is an advanced course in the analysis of systems based upon concepts of kinematics and dynamics. Topics include linear- and two-dimensional motion, Newton's Laws, conservation laws of energy and momentum, rotational motion, and harmonic motion. PHYSC 4A is intended for the Engineering and Physics major. (UC, CSU, CAN PHYS 8)

PHYSC 4B Principles of Physics: Waves, Sound, and Thermodynamics Units 4
Prerequisites: MATH 2 and PHYSC 4A, each with grade of "C" or better.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is a continuation of PHYSC 4A with further analysis of harmonic motion extended to wave phenomena as exhibited by sound, light, and particles. Some modern physics is covered, including relativity, atomic theory, and quantum theory. Heat transfer and the first and second laws of thermodynamics, as applied to heat engines, are covered. (UC, CSU, CAN PHYS 14)

PHYSC 4C Principles of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Units 4
Prerequisites: MATH 2 and PHYSC 4A, each with grade of "C" or better; MATH 3 with grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH 3.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to cover topics in static electricity, Coulomb's Law, electric fields, and potential. Circuit theory is not emphasized; however, laboratory topics introduce use of measuring instruments for the various circuit parameters. The triode, transistor, and op-amp are examined. Magnetism includes the laws of Ampere, Faraday, and Maxwell. Alternating-current (AC) circuit elements and their response to variable-frequency signals are studied. (UC, CSU, CAN PHYS 12)

PHYSC 10 Introduction to Physics Units 4
Prerequisites: MATH 80 or MATH 83A & B each with a grade of "C" or better.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of physics to students with no previous background in the subject. The course content surveys selected topics in the areas of mechanics, heat, wave motion, optics, electricity, magnetism, and sound. Emphasis is on practical application through laboratory work involving extensive instrumentation and measuring techniques. This course is not designed for the science or engineering major. (UC, CSU)

PHYSC 50H Special Studies: Physics Units 1-2
Prerequisites: Completion of survey course with a grade of "B" or better and presentation of a project acceptable to the instructor and division chairperson.
Limitations on Enrollment: None.
Advisories: None.

This course is open to all students qualified to do advanced work in the field. A course project is assigned which includes research, field work, or other advanced study, and the course may be repeated for a maximum of four units. (CSU)




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