Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.
New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy.
Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization, and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.
Abrar Shaukat, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
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John Flaherty, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy and Physics
PHYS 2A-General Physics (3 units) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: MATH 21
Comprehensive survey of physics, including mechanics, hydrostatics, thermodynamics, and wave motion; qualitative understanding and quantitative problem solving; primarily for life science major. CHEM 2A recommended. (L,M)
PHYS 2B-General Physics (3 units) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: PHYS 2A
Comprehensive study of physics, including electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity; equal emphasis placed on qualitative understanding and quantitative problem solving. Primarily for Life Science majors. (L,M)
PHYS 3A-General Physics Laboratory (1 unit) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: PHYS 2A which may be taken concurrently.
Performance of lab experiments to verify the important concepts of PHYS 2A. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 4 series or equivalent. (L,M)
PHYS 3B-General Physics Laboratory (1 unit) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: PHYS 2B and PHYS 3A Corequisite: PHYS 2B
Performance of lab experiments to verify the important concepts of PHYS 2B. PHYS 2B can be a taken as a prerequisite or a corequisite. Not open to students with credit in the PHYS 4 series. (L,M)
PHYS 4A-Mechanics (4 units) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisites: MATH 1A with a grade of “C” or better, MATH 1B (MATH 1B may be taken concurrently).
Overview of the field of physics, its position and significance relative to the sciences, followed by a detailed study of mechanics. Primarily for architecture, chemistry, engineering, geophysics, and physics majors. (L,M)
PHYS 4B-Electromagnetism (4 units) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: PHYS 4A with a grade of “C” or better.
Study of electromagnetism with accompanying laboratory. (L,M)
PHYS 4C-Thermodynamics, Light, and Modern Physics (4 units) CSU/UC - UC Unit Limit
Prerequisite: PHYS 4B with a grade of “C” or better.
Study of thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics with accompanying laboratory. (L,M)
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