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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).