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Physics Courses

PHYSICS G110 - 3 Units
Conceptual Physics

(Formerly known as: Conceptual Physics: Mechanics and Modern Physics)
A course designed for non-science majors which considers the everyday applications of physics. This course is a non-mathematical approach to the basic concepts of physics. Open to students with or without high school physics, but not open to those who have credit for any college physics course. It covers the subjects of motion, energy, waves, music, electromagnetism, relativity and nuclear energy. UC Credit Limitations: No credit if taken after G120 or G185. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PHYSICS G111 - 1 Unit
Conceptual Physics Lab

Corequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Physics G110
This course is designed to supplement Physics G110. The student will do laboratory exercises which illustrate some of the phenomena discussed in Physics G110. UC credit limitations. No credit given if taken after G120 or G185. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PHYSICS G120 - 4 Units
Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics

(Formerly known as: General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound)
Prerequisites: Math G120 or concurrent enrollment, or Mathematics Placement Assesment
This is an algebra/trigonometry based physics course in mechanics, heat and sound. Topics studied include force, motion, energy, heat transfer, effects of heat and the nature and properties of waves. Three hours lecture and demonstration, three hours laboratory a week. UC Credit Limitations: Physics G120, G125 and G185, G280, G285 combined--maximum credit, open series; deduct credit for duplicatation of topics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PHYSICS G125 - 4 Units
Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism

(Formerly known as: General Physics: Light, Magnetism, Electricity, At)
Prerequisites: Physics G120
This is an algebra/trigonometry based general physics course in the areas of electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. Topics studied include electric charges and fields, DC circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, reflection, refraction, interference of light, quantum theory, matter waves, radioactivity and nuclear reactions. Three hours lecture and demonstration, three hours laboratory a week. This course may not be offered each semester. UC credit limitations. Phhysics G120, G125 and G185, G280, G285 combined--maximum credit, one series; deduct credit for duplication of topics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

PHYSICS G185 - 4 Units
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics

(Formerly known as: General Physics: Mechanics and Sound)
Prerequisites: Math G180
Advisories: Mathematics G185
This is an introductory course in physics using calculus. Topics studied include vectors, motion, forces, energy, momentum, oscillators and properties of waves. Physics G185, G280 and G285 are required for students majoring in physics, chemistry or engineering. UC Credit Limitations: Physics G120, G125 and G185, G280, G285 combined--maximum credit, one series; deduct credit for duplication of topics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PHYSICS G280 - 4 Units
Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism

(Formerly known as: General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism)
Prerequisites: Physics G185 and Math G185
This is a calculus based physics course which covers the topics of electric charge, electric fields, potential dielectrics, DC circuits, magnetic fields, magnetic forces, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic oscillators, and waves. UC Credit Limitations: Physics G120, G125 and G185, G280, G285 combined--maximum credit, one series; deduct credit for duplications of topics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

PHYSICS G285 - 4 Units
Calculus Based Physics: Modern

(Formerly known as: General Physics: Heat, Light, Modern Physics)
Prerequisites: Physics G185 and Mathematics G185
This is a calculus based physics course including the topics of measurement of heat and temperature, effects of heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, propagation of light, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, relativity, quantum theory and matter waves. UC Credit Limitations: Physics G120, G125 and G185, G280, G285 combined--maximum credit, one series; deduct credit for duplications of topics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.