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Courses Offered

ASTR 100 Introduction to Astronomy (3 units)

Survey of modern astronomy including the study of what mankind understands about the universe and our place in it. Emphasis on how mankind has learned about the planets, stars, galaxies and their structure and formation. Quasars, pulsars, black holes and the beginning and the end of the universe are discussed.

ASTR 101 Astonomy Laboratory (1 units)

Constellation identification, understanding of right ascension and declination, and basic astronomical measurements of our moon, planets, stars, and universe. Telescopic and naked eye observations will be assigned. This course will develop the student’s awareness of the scientific method and how to apply it to specific problems and their solutions.

PHYS 105 Conceptual Physics (3 units)

A conceptual introduction to physics, intended to foster scientific understanding of the world. Stresses important and applicable topics in motion, force, oscillations, fluids, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. Some students may wish to use it as extra preparation for algebra-based physics.

PHYS 106 Conceptual Physics Laboratory (1 units)

A laboratory exploration of physical phenomena covered in Conceptual Physics lecture (PHYS 105). Intended to reinforce those topics through hands-on investigation and develop an understanding of the scientific method. May be taken concurrently or after Physics 105.

PHYS 114 Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4 units)

A conceptual survey of physical science (physics and chemistry) intended for non-science majors at the GE level. A general discussion of the scientific method and techniques will be followed by physics, chemistry, and integrated topics. The laboratory portion will cover a hands-on exploration of phenomena discussed in lecture. The physics component of the course will discuss motion, force, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and light. The chemistry component of the course will focus on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules will be presented. Students will also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet. Also listed as CHEM 114.

PHYS 210 General Physics I (4 units)

The first semester of a two-semester sequence of algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Designed for students majoring in certain fields of letters and science, and required of those planning to enter medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, agriculture or forestry. Covers mechanics, fluids, waves and thermodynamics. The laboratory portion covers measurement and analysis of phenomena discussed in lecture.

PHYS 211 General Physics I-Calculus Supplement (1 units)

Further depth and application of calculus to topics in PHYS 210. Examples include derivatives and integrals of equations of motion, work done by a variable force, and torque as a cross product. Required of some pre-medical, biology, and architecture students.

PHYS 220 General Physics II (4 units)

The second semester of a two-semester sequence of algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Designed for students majoring in certain fields of letters and science, and required of those planning to enter medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, agriculture or forestry. Covers electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. The laboratory portion covers measurement and analysis of phenomena discussed in lecture.

PHYS 221 Gen Physics II - Calculus Supplement (1 units)

Further depth and application of calculus to topics in PHYS 220. Examples include surface integrals for Gauss’s Law, line integrals for Ampere’s Law, classical wave equation. Required of some premedical, biology, and architecture students.

PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I (4 units)

The first semester of a three semester sequence of calculus-based physics. Designed to give students majoring in engineering, physics or chemistry a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics. Covers Newtonian mechanics including gravitation and mechanical oscillations. The laboratory portion covers measurement and analysis of phenomena discussed in lecture.

PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II (4 units)

The second semester of a three semester sequence of calculus-based physics (may also be taken as the third semester). Designed to give students majoring in engineering, physics or chemistry a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics. Covers electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic waves. The laboratory portion covers measurement and analysis of phenomena discussed in lecture.

PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III (4 units)

The third semester of a three semester sequence of calculus-based physics (may also be taken directly after PHYS 250). Designed to give students majoring in engineering, physics or chemistry a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics. Covers fluids, thermodynamics, waves & light and modern physics. The laboratory portion covers measurement and analysis of phenomena discussed in lecture.

PHYS 695 Independent Study in Physics (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

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