Welcome to Physics
Program Description
Physics is the foundation discipline which must be incorporated into the education of anyone preparing for a career in engineering, or science. It is equally true for the nonscientist having the responsibility to make meaningful decisions in society  the citizen in politics, the business person or social scientist who deals with problems of a society strongly linked to technology based on application of physical principles. A truly educated person preparing for life in the 21st century can hardly afford not to be aware of the statements of contemporary physics.The Physics Department, in addition to offering courses for the major, provides a support service in offering Physics courses satisfying the needs of other disciplines.
There is a threesemester, calculusbased sequence (PHYS 121, 122, 123) for the student in Engineering, Physics and other physical sciences. The department also offers the Excellence in Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering (EMSE) workshop program (PHYS 121W, 122W, and 123W) to assist students in calculusbased Physics courses.
For the Biological Sciences student, both a twosemester trigonometrylevel Physics sequence (PHYS 105 and 106) and a twosemester calculuslevel Physics sequence (PHYS 110 and 111) are offered.
PHYS 102 satisfies the needs of those requiring an introduction to physics prior to entering the Engineering/Physics sequence.
For those fulfilling a General Education science requirement, a onesemester general survey Physics course (PHYS 101 and 101L) is offered.
To satisfy the needs of the Liberal Studies major, the Physics Department offers a nonmathematical onesemester Physical Science course (Physical Science 103) which covers the physical basis of a number of disciplinesPhysics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology and Meteorology.
The department offers an AST Degree in Physics for Transfer. This degree provides the foundational knowledge in physics to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Physics. This degree is in compliance with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act {Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code Sections 6674666749} and guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Upon completion of the transfer associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system. Students will be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis. For more information on transfer degrees, visit www.sb1440.org.
Student Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving mechanical static and dynamic mechanical problems involving both solids and fluids.

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving mechanical wave problems.

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving thermodynamic problems.

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving electric, magnetic and electromagnetic problems.

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving ray and wave optics problems.

Demonstrate proficiency, both conceptually and mathematically with calculus, in solving modern physics problems.

Demonstrate proficiency in construction and assembly of experimental apparatuses; conduct and analyze measurements of physical phenomena; assess experimental uncertainty; make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory; and interpret results.
Faculty & Offices
Michael Young, Chair (PS119, ext. 2697)
Nick Arnold (PS118, ext. 4253)
Doug Folsom (PS115, ext. 4305)
Amy Thompson
Don Ion, Laboratory Technician (PS120, ext. 2312)
Marilynn Spaventa, Dean