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Physics Course Descriptions

Physics 100 - Introductory Physics

An introduction to general physics for students who have not had physics, or who have not had physics recently. Topics include: Fundamental principles of mechanics, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation).

Prerequisite: Math 50 with a grade of "C" or better.

Physics 201 - Engineering Physics I - Mechanics of Solids

Course material includes a study of vectors, rectilinear motion, motion in a plane, particle dynamics, work and energy, conservation laws, collisions, rotational kinematics and dynamics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation).

Prerequisite: Math 226 (may be taken concurrently).

Physics 202 - Engineering Physics II - Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Course content includes the study of equilibrium of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, fluid statics and dynamics, waves in elastic media, sound and thermodynamics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation)

Prerequisite: Physics 201 with a grade of "C" or better and Math 227 (Math 227 may be taken concurrently).

Physics 203 - Engineering Physics III - Electricity and Magnetism

Content includes charge and matter, the electric field, electric potential, capacitors and dielectrics, direct current and resistance, electromotive force and circuits, the magnetic field, inductance, magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating currents, electromagnetic waves, and the Maxwell Equations. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation)

Prerequisite: Physics 202 with a grade of "C" or better and Math 228 (Math 228 may be taken concurrently).

Physics 204 - Engineering Physics IV - Light and Modern Physics

Content includes the nature and propagation of light, reflection and refraction, interference, diffraction, gratings and spectra, relativity, elements of quantum physics, waves and particles, nuclear physics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation)

Prerequisite: Physics 203 with a grade of "C" or better.

Physics 221 - General Physics I

Content includes vectors motion in one and two dimensions, particle dynamics, work energy, conservation laws, collisions, rotational motion and dynamics, thermodynamics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitation)

Prerequisite: Math 226 (may be taken concurrently)

Physics 222 - General Physics II

Content includes electromagnetic theory, oscillations, waves, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics. CSU, UC (UC credit limitations)

Prerequisite: Physics 221 with a grade of "C" or better and Math 227 (Math 227 may be taken concurrently).

Physics 230 - Statics

This class is concerned with the analysis of forces on physical systems in static equilibrium.  Topics include: Force and momentum vectors, resultants, principles of statics and free-body diagrams, applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines, distributed loads, internal forces in beams, properties of areas, second moments, and laws of friction.

Prerequisite: PHYS 201 and MATH 227 with a grade of "C" or better.

Physics 240 - Material Science and Engineering

This course covers major topics related to engineering design, manufacturing, and the properties of materials used in modern component construction.  Students will learn to implement design methods required to efficiently use manufacturing methods such as machining, forming, and molding.  In addition, case studies of parts and assemblies which incorporate various metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites, and superconductors will be used for comparing product lines which may or may not minimize costs, optimize functionality, and reduce manufacturing time.  Atomic and optical properties are key elements which are studied in detail to provide a firm support for student assumptions during analysis.

Prerequisite: CHEM 201 and PHYS 202 with a grade of "C" or better.

Physics 250 - Thermodynamics

This course covers major topics related to thermodynamic systems.  Students will learn to identify the control mass and control volume in thermodynamic problems, calculate properties of pure substances, map and analyze processes on T-V, P-V, and T-S diagrams, apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to control mass and control volume processes, and use the Carnot thermodynamic cycle to calculate the limits of the thermal efficiency.

Prerequisite: MATH 228 and PHYS 202 with a grade of "C" or better.

 

Last Updated 9/27/17