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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