Physics (PHYS)

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