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Physics

Physics

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Courses

PHYS 111: Introductory Physics I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 131 or MATH 131H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 151 or PHYS 151H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This first course of a two-semester physics sequence covers the properties of matter, mechanics, heat, and waves, including sound. It is intended for students majoring in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, and similar areas. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-105, PHYS-100S (with PHYS 112).

PHYS 112: Introductory Physics II

Units: 4
Prerequisites: PHYS 111.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 152 or PHYS 152H and PHYS 253 or PHYS 253H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This second of a two-course physics sequence covers light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic physics. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-110, PHYS-100S (with PHYS 111).

PHYS 151: Principles of Physics I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 150 or MATH 150H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 151H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the area of mechanics and fluids. It is intended primarily for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-205 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 152/PHYS 152H and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H).

PHYS 151H: Principles of Physics I (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 150 or MATH 150H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 151.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the area of mechanics and fluids. It is intended primarily for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. This honors course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to conduct self-directed research as well as independent exploration of laboratory equipment and software. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-205 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 152/PHYS 152H and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H).

PHYS 152: Principles of Physics II

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 155 or MATH 155H and PHYS 151 or PHYS 151H.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 155 or MATH 155H if math prerequisite not met. Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 152H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of thermodynamics, electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetic fields. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-210 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 151/PHYS 151H and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H).

PHYS 152H: Principles of Physics II (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 155 or MATH 155H and PHYS 151 or PHYS 151H.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 155 or MATH 155H if math prerequisite not met. Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 152.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of thermodynamics,electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetic fields. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics,and science majors. This honors course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to conduct self-directed research and independent exploration of laboratory equipment and software. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-210 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 151/PHYS 151H and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H).

PHYS 253: Principles of Physics III

Units: 4
Prerequisites: PHYS 152 or PHYS 152H.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 152 or PHYS 152H if prerequisite not met. Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 253H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of vibrations, waves, sound, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-215 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 151/PHYS 151H and PHYS 152/PHYS 152H).

PHYS 253H: Principles of Physics III (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: PHYS 152 or PHYS 152H.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 152 or PHYS 152H if prerequisite not met. Not open to students with prior credit in PHYS 253.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of physics in the areas of vibrations, waves, sound, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. It is intended for engineering, physics, mathematics, and science majors. This honors course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to conduct self-directed research and independent exploration of laboratory equipment and software. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for either series PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 151/PHYS 151H, PHYS 152/PHYS 152H, and PHYS 253/PHYS 253H. C-ID PHYS-215 and PHYS-200S (with PHYS 151/PHYS 151H and PHYS 152/PHYS 152H).

PHYS 280: Introduction to Electronics

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This combined lecture and lab course offers an introduction to the theory and design of electrical circuits. Topics include DC and AC circuit analysis, diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers, and digital circuits.

PHYS 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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