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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.