# Course Descriptions

*(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)*

## PHYS 2A, 5 Units

**General Physics**

*4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR). Prerequisite: MATH 50 or 52C. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of general physics: Mechanics, properties of matter, thermodynamics, heat, wave motion, and sound.

## PHYS 2B, 5 Units

**General Physics**

*4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR). Prerequisite: PHYS 2A. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of general physics: Light, optics, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, and modern physics.

## PHYS 3A, 5 Units

**General Physics**

*4 hours lecture, 3 units laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite or Co-requisite : MATH 3A. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, sound, heat, and thermodynamics for students majoring in the biological and medical sciences.

## PHYS 3B, 5 Units

**General Physics**

*4 hours lecture, 3 units laboratory (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: PHYS 3A. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Electric and magnetic forces, fields, and energy; DC and AC circuits, light, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, nuclei, particles, and astrophysics for students majoring in the biological and medical sciences.

## PHYS 4A, 5 Units

**General Physics with Calculus**

*4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR). Prerequisite: MATH 3A. Recommended preparation: PHYS 10. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound.

## PHYS 4B, 5 Units

**General Physics with Calculus**

*4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR). Prerequisite: PHYS 4A and MATH 3B. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Thermodynamics, electric forces and fields, magnetic forces and fields, electricity, and AC and DC circuits.

## PHYS 4C, 5 Units

## General Physics with Calculus

*4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR). Prerequisite: PHYS 4B and MATH 3C. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Comprehensive study of major topics of physics: Light interference, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei.

## PHYS 10, 4 Units

**Introduction to Physics**

*4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: MATH 201 or 210D, and MATH 202. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in PHYS 2A-2B or 4A-4B-4C. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU*

Elementary study of major topics of physics: Motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation, sound, electromagnetics, light, quantum physics, atoms, nuclei, and relativity.

## PHYS 48UA-ZZ, .5-5 Units

**Selected Topics in Physics**

*0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: CSU*

See section on Selected Topics.

*(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)*