2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

PHYSICS

PHYSICS 2A
MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN PHYS 2, CAN PHYS SEQ A
CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Prerequisite:  MATH 63

Physics 2A is the study of vectors, particle kinematics and dynamics, work, energy, simple harmonic motion, rotational kinematics and dynamics, the kinetic theory of gases, the first and second laws of thermodynamics and gravitation. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently.

PHYSICS 2B
ELECTRICITY, MAGNETISM, OPTICS AND MODERN PHYSICS(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN PHYS 4, CAN PHYS SEQ A CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Prerequisite:  PHYSICS 2A

Physics 2B is the study of electricity; magnetism; electromagnetism; electric circuits; wave phenomena; geometrical and physical optics; special relativity; and a survey of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently. Physics 4A, 4B is a sequence of calculus-based physics courses designed for students who intend to major in any one of the physical sciences, in any branch of engineering, or in mathematics.

PHYSICS 4A
CLASSICAL MECHANICS(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN PHYS 8 CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Corequisite: MATH 1B

Physics 4A is the study of vector algebra, particle kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation of linear momentum, the work-(kinetic) energy theorem, potential energy, conservation of total mechanical energy, mechanics of many-particle systems, rotational kinematics and dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, oscillatory phenomena and gravitation. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently.)

PHYSICS 4B
ELECTRICITY, MGNETISM AND AWAVES(4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Prerequisite:  PHYSICS 4A Corequisite:  MATH A

Physics 4B is the study of electric charge and Coulomb's law, the electric field and Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, DC circuit analysis and network theorems, the Lorentz force law, Ampere's law and the Biot-Savart law, Faraday's law, inductance, AC circuit analysis, magnetic properties of matter, propagation of waves in elastic media, standing waves and interference, and electromagnetic waves. AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently.)

PHYSICS 4C
THERMODYNAMICS, OPITCS AND MODERN PHYSICS (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 laboratory. CSU General Education Requirement:  B1, B3. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 4A Corequisite: MATH 2A

Physics 4C is the study of temperature and the zeroith law of thermodynamics; the kinetic theory of gases; eat and the first law of thermodynamics; entropy and the second law of thermodynamics; geometrical optics; interference; diffraction and polarization of light; special relativity; failures of classical physics; an introduction to quantum physics; and a survey of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently.)

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