Physics

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Silvia Nadalet, Ed.D.

Department Chair: Grant Miller, M.S.

Office: 60-125, (619) 482-6344

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Physics is the most fundamental science, providing a foundation for understanding in nearly all fields of science and technology. In a broad sense, physics is concerned with the study of energy, space, matter, the interactions between matter, and the laws that govern these interactions. More specifically, physicists study mechanics, heat, light, electric and magnetic fields, gravitation, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, and condensed-matter physics.

Career Options

A few career options in physics require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and most require a graduate-level degree: research assistant, laboratory technician, high school teacher, college or university professor, technical writer, and research or applied physicist in a broad ranges of fields including acoustics, atmospheric physics, astrophysics, astronomy, atomic and molecular physics, electricity and magnetism, electronic instrumentation, energy conservation, geophysics, health physics, mechanics, heat or light physics, medical imaging, nuclear medicine, solar energy, nuclear physics, engineering, and scientific computing.  Physicists typically work at colleges and universities, at national laboratories and other government agencies, and in a wide variety of commercial industries.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Physics (SB 1440) 01685
Associate in Science Degree: Transfer Preparation
Physics 01680

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Websites for physics majors:
SDSU: http://physics.sdsu.edu/
UCSD: http://physics.ucsd.edu/
CSU, San Marcos: http://physics.csusm.edu/
Articulation: http://assist.org

Faculty

Hok Lee, Ph.D.
hlee@swccd.edu

Grant Miller, M.S.
gmiller@swccd.edu

Jeffrey Veal, Ph.D.
jveal@swccd.edu

PHYS 150

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: MATH 121 or MATH 250 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Constitutes the first of a two-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the life sciences. Includes kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids, waves, sound, simple harmonic motion, and thermodynamics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 105 (with PHYS 151)]

PHYS 151

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: PHYS 150 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Constitutes the lab component of PHYS 150 (Fundamentals of Physics I). Includes kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids, waves, sound, simple harmonic motion, and thermodynamics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 105 (with PHYS 150)]

PHYS 152

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PHYS 150 or equivalent.

Corequisite: MATH 122 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Constitutes the second of a two-semester, calculus-based sequence intended mainly for majors in the life sciences. Includes electrostatics, magnetism, DC circuits, optics, and modern physics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 110 (with PHYS 153)]

PHYS 153

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: PHYS 152 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Constitutes the lab component of PHYS 152 (Fundamentals of Physics II). Includes electrostatics, magnetism, DC circuits, optics, and modern physics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 110 (with PHYS 152)]

PHYS 170

COLLEGE PHYSICS I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 121 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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; C-ID PHYS 100 (with PHYS 171 + 172 + 173)]

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; C-ID PHYS 100 (with PHYS 170 + 172 + 173)]

PHYS 172

COLLEGE PHYSICS II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PHYS 170 or equivalent; 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; C-ID PHYS 100 (with PHYS 170 + 171 + 173)]

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; C-ID PHYS 100 (with PHYS 170 + 171 + 172)]

PHYS 174

COLLEGE PHYSICS III

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PHYS 172 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL

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: FALL

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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 250 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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

Prerequisite: PHYS 270 or equivalent.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory experience to supplement PHYS 270. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 205]

PHYS 272

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: PHYS 270 or equivalent; MATH 251 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

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]

PHYS 273

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: PHYS 272 (may be taken previously).

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Provides laboratory experience to supplement PHYS 272. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 210]

PHYS 274

PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS III

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: PHYS 272 or equivalent.

Corequisite: MATH 252 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

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. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 215]

PHYS 275

MODERN PHYSICS AND PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY III

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: MATH 254.

Corequisite: PHYS 274 (may be taken previously); MATH 253 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Covers special relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic physics. Includes Lorentz transformation, relativistic collisions, the Schrödinger equation in 1D and 3D, and applications to atomic physics. Includes topics such as thermodynamics, electromagnetic waves, geometric and physics optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic physics. Constitutes 1 unit of lecture on special relativity and quantum mechanics and 1 unit of lab to supplement PHYS 274. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PHYS 215 (with PHYS 274)]

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: FALL, SPRING

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]