Physics (PHYS)



100 Introductory Physics - 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Mathematics 46 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M40. This course is intended for students who are interested in the basic knowledge of physics with a minimum preparation in mathematics. A comprehensive coverage of subject matter in physics is presented, including mechanics, wave motions, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on the conceptual aspects, including explanation of natural phenomena. The learning of concepts is reinforced through laboratory work. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: No credit for Physics (PHYS) 100 if taken after a college level course in Physics. 125 General Physics - 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 5 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)
Prerequisite: Mathematics 104 or Mathematics 116, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 120A, 181A, 124A, 125A, or 195. This course is an introductory survey of the concepts and principles of physics. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the properties of matter, mechanics, heat and sound. This course is intended for students taking liberal arts and/or preprofessional courses that do not require physics with calculus. 

(FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

126 General Physics II - 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 5 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Physics 125 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 120B, 181B, 124B, 125B, 195B or 196.

This second course in a two-part introductory survey explores the concepts and principles of physics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. This course is intended for students taking liberal arts and/or pre-professional courses that do not require physics with calculus.
(FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126,180A-180B, 181A-181B,195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197, combined: maximum credit, one series.

180A General Physics I - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 116 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 121 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 120A and Physics 125A, or credit or concurrent enrollment in Physics 124A.

This course is an introductory survey of the concepts and principles of physics. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the properties of matter, mechanics, heat and sound in order to make calculations and solve fundamental physics problems. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

180B General Physics II - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Physics 180A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 120B and Physics 125B, or credit or concurrent enrollment in Physics 124B.

This course is an introductory survey of the concepts and principles of physics. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the properties of electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics in order to make calculations and solve fundamental physics problems. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A, 195B, 195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

181A General Physics Laboratory I - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Physics 180A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 121A. This laboratory course is a hands-on study of the properties of matter, mechanics, heat and sound \par through laboratory experiments. This course is designed for students interested in the physical sciences. (FT) Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU and/or private colleges and universities. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

181B General Physics Laboratory II - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Physics 180A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Physics 180B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 121B. This laboratory course is a hands-on study of the principles of electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics through laboratory experiments. This course is designed for students interested in the physical sciences. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

195 Mechanics - 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 5 units  (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 150 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 151 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 195A and Physics 196A. This is the first of a three semester calculus-based general physics sequence designed for scientists and engineers. Topics inclued linear kinematics, Newton’s Laws, energy, rotational kinematics, gravity, oscillatory motion, and thermodynamics. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195- 196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

196 Electricity and Magnetism - 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 5 units  (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Physics 195 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 195B and 196B.

This is the second of a three-semester calculus-based general physics sequence, intended to satisfy the transfer requirements of students planning to major in the physical sciences and in engineering. The topics of study include the basic principles and applications of electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying electric and magnetic phenomena, direct and alternating current circuits, elementary electronics and electromagnetic waves. Emphasis is placed on the mathematical analysis of physical problems. Laboratory work on various aspects of electric and magnetic phenomena emphasizing direct current and alternating current circuits is included. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

197 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics - 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 5 units  (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Physics 195 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Physics 196 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Physics 195C and Physics 196C.
Physics 197 is the third semester of a three semester calculus-based course designed for prospective scientists and engineers. Topics include the fundamental principles of physics of waves, the behavior of light, and an introduction to relativity, quantum physics and the atomic and nuclear properties of matter. PHYS 196 and 197 may be taken concurrently only if PHYS 195 was completed with a grade of "B" or better or with approval of the department. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Physics (PHYS) 120A-120B, 121A-121B, 124A-124B, 125-126, 180A-180B, 181A-181B, 195A-195B-195C and 195-196-197 combined: maximum credit, one series.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.