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Physics Courses

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.

Physics 2A - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I

Introduction to the major principles of classical mechanics and electricity using pre-calculus mathematics. Includes Newtonian mechanics, energy, gravitation, fluids, thermodynamics, vibration waves, and electrostatics. Prerequisite: Mathematics 20, 36, or 38 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 2B - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II

Electro-circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics and modern physics. Prerequisite: Physics 2A (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 8A - 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. Prerequisite: Mathematics 1 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 8B - GENERAL PHYSICS II

Introduction to electricity and magnetism, circuits, Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisites: Physics 8A (completed with grade of “C” or higher) and Mathematics 3 (may be taken concurrently). 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 8C - GENERAL PHYSICS III

Introduction to oscillations, mechanical waves, thermodynamics, light and optics. Prererequisites: Physics 8A and Mathematics 2 (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). Strongly recommended: Physics 8B. 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.

Physics 8D - 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. Prerequisite: Physics 8B (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.

 

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