# Courses

**Course Number: PHYS 2A**

**General Physics**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

**Prerequisite:** Math 50 or 52C

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Comprehensive study of general physics: Mechanics, properties of matter, thermodynamics, heat, wave motion, and sound. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1, B3; IGETC area 5A, (L4)

**Course Number: PHYS 2B**

**General Physics**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

**Prerequisite:** Phys 2A

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Comprehensive study of general physics: Light, optics, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, and modern physics. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1, B3; IGETC area 5A, (L4)

**Course Number: PHYS 4A**

**General Physics with Calculus**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

**Prerequisite or corequisite:** Math 3A

**Recommended preparation:** Phys 10

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1, B3; IGETC area 5A, (L4)

**Course Number: PHYS 4B**

**General Physics with Calculus**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

**Prerequisite:** Phys 4A and Math 3B

**Recommended preparation:** Phys 10

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Thermodynamics, electric forces and fields, magnetic forces and fields, electricity, and AC and DC circuits. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1, B3; IGETC area 5A, (L4)

**Course Number: PHYS 4C**

**General Physics with Calculus**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR)

**Prerequisite:** Phys 4B and Math 3C

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Light, interference, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1, B3; IGETC area 5A, 5C

**Course Number: PHYS 10**

**Introduction to Physics**

**Units:** 5

**Class:** 4 hours lecture (GR)

**Recommended preparation:** Math 201 or 210D, and 202

Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Phys 2A-2B or 4A-4B-4C.

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Elementary study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation, sound, electromagnetics, light, quantum physics, atoms, nuclei, and relativity. 1902.00

AA/AS area 1; CSU area B1; IGETC area 5A

**Course Number: PHYS 20A**

**Calculus Supplement for Physics**

**Units:** 1

**Class:** 1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)

**Prerequisite:** Math 50 or 52C

**Corequisite:** Phys 2A or 4A

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Calculus supplement to the mathematical tools of physics employed in PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A: Introduction to limits, derivatives, and anti-derivatives applied to one-, two-, and three-dimensional kinematics; maxima and minima; force formulated as the time derivative of momentum; integrals applied to finding centers of mass; rotational kinematics using derivatives and integrals; calculating moment of inertia; solving oscillatory systems with differential equations; integrations in hydrostatic systems, center of pressure, thermodynamic integrals and useful work. 1902.00

**Course Number: PHYS 20B**

**Calculus Supplement for Physics**

**Units:** 1

**Class:** 1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)

**Prerequisite:** Phys 20A

**Corequisite:** Phys 2B

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU, UC

**Description:** Calculus supplement to the mathematical tools of physics employed in PHYS 2B: Fundamentals of integration, Riemann sums, and fundamental theorem; using integration and Gauss’s Law to determine electric fields, electric potential, and capacitance and Ampere’s Law to determine magnetic fields; and using differential equations to solve for RC, LR, LC, and LRC circuits, and for radioactive decay. 1902.00

**Course Number: PHYS 48NA-TZ**

**Selected Topics in Physics**

**Units:** .5-5

**Class:** 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU

**Description:** See section on Selected Topics. 1902.00

**Course Number: PHYS 49**

**Independent Study in Physics**

**Units:** .5-5

**Class:** (GR) Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 5 units.

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU

**Description:** See section on Independent Study. 1902.00

**Course Number: PHYS 248NA-TZ**

**Selected Topics in Physics**

**Units:** .5-5

**Class:** 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)

**Acceptable for credit:** CSU

**Description:** See section on Selected Topics. 1902.00