Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 170

COLLEGE PHYSICS I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 121 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

First of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the life sciences. Topics include: Newtonian mechanics; and waves. (Not open to students with credit in PHYS 110.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 171

COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: PHYS 170 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Laboratory course to accompany College Physics I (PHYS 170). (Not open to students with credit in PHYS 110.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 172

COLLEGE PHYSICS II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PHYS 170 and MATH 122, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the second of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the life sciences. Includes topics such as electric fields; direct current; magnetic fields; alternating current; and thermal physics. (Not open to students with credit in PHYS 120.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 173

COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: PHYS 172 (May be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Laboratory course to accompany College Physics II (PHYS 172). (Not open to students with credit in PHYS 120.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 174

COLLEGE PHYSICS III

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PHYS 172 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the third of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the life sciences. Includes topics such as light and its interaction with matter; optics; special relativity; quantum mechanics; and nuclear physics. (Not open to students with credit in PHYS 120.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 175

COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY III

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: PHYS 174 (May be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Laboratory 3 hours. Laboratory course to accompany College Physics III (PHYS 174 in PHYS 120.) [D; CSU; UC]

PHYS 270

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 250 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces classical mechanics. Includes vectors, motion in one to three dimensions, Newton's laws of motion, friction, equilibrium, work, energy, gravitation, rotational motion, and periodic motion. Provides the first of a three-semester calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the physical sciences and engineering. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 205]

PHYS 271

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: PHYS 270 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 270. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 205]

PHYS 272

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: PHYS 270 and MATH 251, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces electricity, magnetism and fluid mechanics. Includes electric field, potential, resistance, capacitance, magnetic field, inductance, electromagnetic induction, direct, and alternating current, and fluid mechanics. Second of a three-semester, calculus based sequence intended mainly for majors in the physical sciences and engineering. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 210] (Formerly: PHYS 280)

PHYS 273

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: PHYS 272 (May be taken previously)] Provides laboratory experience to supplement PHYS 272.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

[ [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 210]

PHYS 274

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS III

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: PHYS 272 and MATH 252, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces thermodynamics, waves, optics and modern physics. Includes the first and second law of thermodynamics, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, physical optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic spectra. Third of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the physical sciences and engineering: optics and modern physics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 215] (Formerly: PHYS 290)

PHYS 275

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY III

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: PHYS 274 (May be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory experience to supplement PHYS 274. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 215]

PHYS 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of physics of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]