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All of our courses transfer to California State University and University of California campuses. For exceptions in the transfer of classes to UCs, refer to the Las Positas College Catalog. For specific transfer agreements with any university in California, including CSUs and UCs, refer to Assist.org.

New Physics Course Numbering System (effective Fall 2017)

LPC Course Name New Course Number Previous Course Number
General Physics I: Mechanics 1A 8A
General Physics II: Thermodynamics, Waves, & Optics 1B 8C
General Physics III: Electricity & Magnetism 1C 8B
General Physics IV: Modern Physics 1D 8D

Physics 2A - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I

Introduction to the major principles of classical mechanics using pre-calculus mathematics. Includes Newtonian mechanics, energy, gravitation, fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, and waves. Prerequisite: Mathematics 20 or 39 (completed with a grade of “C” of higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Introduction to the basic principles of electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Topics include electrostatics, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Physics 2A (completed with a grade of “C” of higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 2B - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II

Introduction to the basic principles of electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Topics include electrostatics, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Physics 2A (completed with a grade of “C” of higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 1A - GENERAL PHYSICS I

Introduction to the principles of Newtonian Mechanics and analytical methods of physics using calculus as needed. Vectors, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, gravitation and fluid mechanics. (Previously PHYS 8A) Prerequisite: Mathematics 1 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 1B - GENERAL PHYSICS II

Introduction to fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, oscillations, mechanical waves, light and optics. (Previously PHYS 8C) Prerequisites: Physics 1A and Mathematics 2 (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 1C - GENERAL PHYSICS III

Introduction to electricity and magnetism, circuits, Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. (Previously PHYS 8B) Prerequisites: Physics 1A (completed with grade of “C” or higher) and Mathematics 3 (strongly recommended). 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 1D - GENERAL PHYSICS IV

Introduction to relativity and modern physics, including: introduction to quantum theory; atomic, molecular, nuclear and particle physics; condensed matter physics; astrophysics and cosmology. (Previously PHYS 8D) Prerequisite: Physics 1C (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 10 - DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS

Motion, gravitation, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, atoms, and nuclei. Understanding present day scientific problems and developments such as alternative energy sources, solar energy, nuclear power, lasers, relativity and black holes. Designed for non-majors in physical science. Strongly Recommended: Mathematics 105, 105M, or 107. 3 hours.

Physics 10L - DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS LABORATORY

Introduction to laboratory principles and techniques with emphasis on the basic concepts of physics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, energy, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Prerequisite: Physics 10 (may be taken concurrently). 3 hours laboratory.

For more information please contact:

Robin Rehagen
Faculty
925.424.1395
rrehagen@laspositascollege.edu

Andrew Lozano
Lab Technician
925.424.1339
alozano@laspositascollege.edu

Nan Ho
Mathematics, Science, Engineering & Public Safety Dean
925.424.1182
nho@laspositascollege.edu