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Physics Program

AS Degree Programs

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      • These are the courses typically taken by a student intending to transfer to a four year university in their junior year as a physics major:
   Fall Spring Fall  Spring
   Math 180  Math 181  Math 280  Math 285
 Math 150  Physics 2A  Physics 4A  Physics 4B  Physics 4C
 Eng 68  ENG 1A  ENG 1C  Chem 50  CS 141
 Eng 68  HIST 7  SPH 1A  Physics 99   Physics 99

Course Offerings

PHYS 1: Physics — Discovery of basic concepts of physics by working through guided activities in a workshop style. Topics include light and geometrical optics, electricity and DC circuits (with capacitors,) linear and rotational motion, forces, momentum, energy, harmonic motion and waves.

PHYS 2AG: General Physics — The basic principles of physics. Includes theory, applications, laboratory, and problem solving in mechanics, heat, fluids, and wave motion.

PHYS 2BG: General Physics — A continuation of Physics 2AG. Includes electricity and magnetism (including DC and AC circuits,) geometrical and physical optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics. Laboratory includes use of computers to analyze data and simulate electric circuits.

PHYS 4A: Engineering Physics — Studies linear and rotational motion, forces, work, energy, oscillations, gravitation, properties of solids, and waves. Includes laboratory experience, with significant use of computers for data acquisition and analysis.

PHYS 4B: Engineering Physics — Heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, electromagnetism (including DC and AC circuits,) and Maxwell’s equations. Laboratory includes significant use of computers for data acquisition, analysis and simulation.

PHYS 4C: Engineering Physics  — Fluids, sound, electromagnetic waves, optics, diffraction and interference of waves, relativity, quantum physics, atomic and nuclear structure, nuclear reactions and elementary particles. Laboratory includes significant use of computers for data analysis.

PHYS 99: Special Projects in Physics — In order to offer selected students recognition for their academic interests and ability, and the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer Special Projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration. Student must have instructor’s authorization before enrolling in this class. Students who repeat this course will improve skills by further instruction and practice.

  • Corequisite: PHYS 1 or PHYS 2AG or PHYS 4A (may have been taken previously)