Academic Catalogs

Physics

Physics courses at OCC are transferable to CSU schools. General Physics courses offer background in areas like Mechanics, Waves, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Light, Magnetism, Electromagnetism, Relativity and even Quantum Physics. With the exception of the descriptive introductory course (Conceptual Physics), all of these classes require prerequisites.

Department Contact Information

Stephen Drum 
sdrum@occ.cccd.edu 

Physics Department Website

Credit Courses

PHYS A1103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Conceptual Physics  
Advisory: MATH A010 and MATH A020.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

A brief, but complete presentation of the fundamental phenomena and laws in physics, with experimental illustrations, enhancing the development of conceptual scientific thinking. This course may also be offered online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

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    PHYS A1111 Unit (54 lab hours)  
    Introductory Physics Laboratory  
    Prerequisite(s): PHYS A110 or concurrent enrollment.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    Introductory physics laboratory to complement PHYS A110. Not open to those who hold credit for any other physics laboratory course. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

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      PHYS A1204 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
      Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics  
      Prerequisite(s): MATH A120, MATH A170, MATH A180, MATH A180H, or MATH A182H or concurrent enrollment.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      The first semester of a two-semester sequence (with PHYS A125) covering all topics in basic physics. Requires algebra and trigonometry. Satisfies the requirements for biological sciences and technical programs except physics, chemistry, and engineering. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: PHYS 105.

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        PHYS A1254 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
        Algebra Based Physics:Electricity/Magnetism  
        Prerequisite(s): PHYS A120.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

        The second semester of a two-semester sequence (with PHYS A120) covering all topics in basic physics. Requires algebra and trigonometry. Satisfies the requirements for biological sciences and technical programs except physics, chemistry, and engineering. May be taken for grades or on a credit no-credit basis. C-ID: PHYS 110.

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          PHYS A1304 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
          University Physics 1 (non-majors)  
          Prerequisite(s): MATH A185 or MATH A185H or MATH A182H or concurrent enrollment.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          AA study of general principles of mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics. Emphasis will be on Newton’s three laws of motion, theory of gravity, conservation laws, laws of thermodynamics, generation and propagation of mechanical waves. The first semester of a two-semester sequence (with PHYS A135) requiring calculus.

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            PHYS A1354 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            University Physics 2 (non-majors)  
            Prerequisite(s): PHYS A130; and Calculus 1 and 2 completed as MATH A182H only or both MATH A180 or MATH A180H, and MATH A185 or MATH A185H.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

            A study of general principles of electricity, electromagnetism, optics, theory of relativity, and quantum theory with applications to atoms, nuclei and elementary particles.

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              PHYS A1854 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics  
              Prerequisite(s): MATH A180 or MATH A180H, and MATH A185 or MATH A185H or concurrent enrollment; or MATH A182H or concurrent enrollment.
              Advisory: One year of high school physics or a semester of college physics.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

              The PHYS A185, PHYS A280, PHYS A285 sequence is required for students planning to major in physics, chemistry or engineering. Newton's laws of motion, dynamics of particles in a given force field. gravitation, conservation laws of energy, momentum, angular momentum, and the kinematics of rigid body rotation. Propagation of mechanical waves in different elastic medium, waves on the string, water waves, sound waves. C-ID: PHYS 205.

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                PHYS A185H4 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours; 0 other hours)  
                Calculus-Based Physics: Mechanics Honors  
                Prerequisite(s): MATH A180 or MATH A180H, and MATH A185 or MATH A185H or concurrent enrollment; or MATH A182H or concurrent enrollment.
                Advisory: One year of high school physics or a semester of college physics.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                The PHYS A185, PHYS A280, PHYS A285 sequence is required for students planning to major in physics, chemistry or engineering. Newton's laws of motion, dynamics, gravitation, energy, momentum, angular momentum, the kinematics of rigid body rotation, fluids, oscillations and waves. Transfer Status: CSU, UC. C-ID: PHYS 205.

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                  PHYS A2804 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                  Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism  
                  Prerequisite(s): PHYS A185; and Calculus 1 and 2 completed as MATH A182H only or both MATH A180 or MATH A180H and MATH A185 or MATH A185H.

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                  Continuation of PHYS A185. Coulomb’s law, electrostatics fields, conductors and insulators. Gauss’s law and electromagnetic fields. Magnetic fields and Ampere’s law. Faraday’s law of induction and Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetic fields. Electromagnetic energy transfer by means of cables, transmission lines and transparent media. Four hours lecture, three hours laboratory. C-ID: PHYS 210.

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                    PHYS A2854 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                    Calculus Based Physics: Modern  
                    Prerequisite(s): PHYS A185.

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                    Heat, Light, Modern Physics. The dynamics of the transformation of thermal energy into mechanical work, heat engines, heat pumps and refrigerators. Light laws viewed in terms of geometric optics and physical optics. The relevance of special theory of relativity to modern physics. Introduction to quantum mechanics. C-ID: PHYS 215.

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