Physics

Division: Science
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Physics, Physical Science, and Astronomy are the sciences that study the universe and its components from the sub-atomic to the macro-scale. Topics range from cosmology to the interactions of atoms.

Physical Science and Astronomy courses are housed in the Physics department.  Although no degrees are currently being offered in Astronomy, this course can be used to complete General Education or transfer requirements.

Students studying physics will have an introductory foundation in the field of Physics through the study of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics. Students will acquire skills and abilities in identifying, formulating and solving physics problems by designing, conducting and analyzing experiments, and critical thinking.

The most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include physics laboratory technician, computer scientist, scientific sales, and high school science teacher.

Transfer requirements in Physics and Astronomy are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Science Division Chair

Julie Rodriguez | (559) 730-3875 | julier@cos.edu
John Muir: 236 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

Robert Urtecho, Ph.D. | (559) 730-3942 | robertur@cos.edu
John Muir: 133 | Visalia Campus

ASTR 010 Introduction to Astronomy 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
A survey course covering the basic concepts, theories, history, and laws of astronomy. Emphasis will be given to motions of the moon, sun, and planets; use of astronomical instruments; study of stellar spectra; properties of the stars, and stellar evolution.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures and MATH 200 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
PHYS 020 General Physics 1 5 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the first semester of a two-semester, introductory, non-calculus based physics course. This course includes laboratory experiments in addition to lectures. It is required for premedical, predental, prepharmacy, and occasionally science and math students. Topics include kinematics, statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, simple harmonic motion, and thermal physics. (C-ID PHYS105)
Prerequisites: MATH 154 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHYS 021 General Physics 2 5 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the second semester of a two-semester introductory non-calculus based physics course. This course includes laboratory experiments, in addition to lectures. It is required for premedical, predental, prepharmacy, and occasionally science and math students. Topics included are electricity and magnetism, optics, modern and nuclear physics. (C-ID PHYS 110)
Prerequisites: PHYS 020 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHYS 055 Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the first semester of a three semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of physics for those majoring in engineering and physics. Topics included are statics, kinematics, dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, fluids, mechanical waves, simple harmonic motion and kinetic theory of gases. PHYS 5, 6, & 7 are being phased out and replaced with PHYS 55, 56, & 57. Students who begin the 5, 6, 7 sequence should complete the sequence. Students who cannot complete the 5,6,7 sequence must follow the following course sequence: 1) only PHYS 5 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 55; 2) PHYS 5 & 6 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 56; 3) If PHYS 5, 6 & 7 completed students may benefit by taking PHYS 57 depending on the university and program to which the student plans to transfer. If PHYS 6 completed registration in PHYS 55 not permitted; if PHYS 7 completed registration in PHYS 56 not permitted. (If student has completed PHYS 5, 6, and/or 7 and wants to register for PHYS 55, 56, or 57 s/he should consult the Science Department before registration). (C-ID PHYS205)
Prerequisites: MATH 066 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHYS 056 Physics 2: E&M and Heat 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the second semester of a three semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of Physics for those majoring in physics and engineering. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, the laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, and entropy. PHYS 5, 6, & 7 are being phased out and replaced with PHYS 55, 56, & 57. Students who begin the 5, 6, 7 sequence should complete the sequence. Students who cannot complete the 5,6,7 sequence must follow the following course sequence: 1) only PHYS 5 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 55; 2) PHYS 5 & 6 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 56; 3) If PHYS 5, 6 & 7 completed students may benefit by taking PHYS 57 depending on the university and program to which the student plans to transfer. If PHYS 6 completed registration in PHYS 55 not permitted; if PHYS 7 completed registration in PHYS 56 not permitted. (If student has completed PHYS 5, 6, and/or 7 and wants to register for PHYS 55, 56, or 57 s/he should consult the Science Department before registration). (C-ID PHYS210)
Prerequisites: PHYS 055 and (MATH 067 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 077) or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHYS 057 Physics 3: Modern Physics 5 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the third semester of a three-semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of Physics for those majoring in physics and engineering. Topics included are Geometric and Wave optics, Special Relativity, Lorentz Transformation, Quantum Theory of Atoms, Fission and Fusion, and the Evolution of the Universe. PHYS 5, 6, & 7 are being phased out and replaced with PHYS 55, 56, & 57. Students who begin the 5, 6, 7 sequence should complete the sequence. Students who cannot complete the 5,6,7 sequence must follow the following course sequence: 1) only PHYS 5 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 55; 2) PHYS 5 & 6 completed – start new sequence with PHYS 56; 3) If PHYS 5, 6 & 7 completed students may benefit by taking PHYS 57 depending on the university and program to which the student plans to transfer. If PHYS 6 completed registration in PHYS 55 not permitted; if PHYS 7 completed registration in PHYS 56 not permitted. (If student has completed PHYS 5, 6, and/or 7 and wants to register for PHYS 55, 56, or 57 s/he should consult the Science Department before registration). (C-ID PHYS215)
Prerequisites: PHYS 056 and MATH 067 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSCI 020 Physical Science 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
A laboratory course in physical science designed to meet the laboratory science requirement for transfer students who are not science majors. Topics include concepts, theories and principles of physics, chemistry, astronomy and earth science. The course provides opportunities for students to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about their environment. Course will present applications of concepts and theories to topics of current interest.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures; and ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.

Physics

Owens, Lawrence, Ph.D.
A.S., College Of The Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Fresno
M.S., California State University, Fresno
Ph.D., University Of Texas, Austin

Sadeh, Shirin
B.S., State University Of New York
M.S., Syracuse University