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The following Physics courses are offered:

PHYS 310
Conceptual Physics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGRD 110 and MATH 100
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a conceptual overview of Newtonian and modern physics for non-science students. The conceptual or non-mathematical approach to physics is tied to the student's personal experience in their everyday life. The student learns to see physics not as a classroom or laboratory activity, but as a part of his or her surroundings. The class is open to all students with no previous physics course.

PHYS 311

Basic Physics    3 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 335 with a grade of "C" or better;
or a high school course in trigonometry with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey course for science, engineering, mathematics, architecture, and computer science majors who have had no previous physics courses and plan to continue with PHYS 350 or 411. The course will develop the math and science background and the problem-solving skills necessary for success in Physics 350 or 411. Material covered will include math review, vectors, and basic mechanics (kinematics, Newton's Laws, and energy).

PHYS 312

Conceptual Physics Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: PHYS 310
Advisory: MATH 100 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This laboratory course provides hands-on observation activities and interpretation of data in a variety of experimental situations. Topics include motion, sound, light, heat, electricity, and magnetism.

PHYS 350
General Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 335 with a grade of "C" or better; or a high school course in trigonometry with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 54 hours LAB
This is the first course of the trigonometry-based general physics sequence designed for life science majors. Topics will include classical mechanics, fluids, mechanical waves and thermodynamics. (C-ID PHYS 105; Part of C-ID PHYS 100S)

PHYS 360

General Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: PHYS 350 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 54 hours LAB
This is the second course of the trigonometry-based general physics sequence designed for life science majors. Topics will include classical electricity and magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, optics, wave theory and modern physics. (C-ID PHYS 110; Part of C-ID PHYS 100S)

PHYS 411

Mechanics of Solids and Fluids    4 Units
Prerequisite: See Corequisite
Corequisite: MATH 401. May be taken previously with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1;
CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 54 hours LAB
This is the first course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science. This course offers a detailed examination of topics from the mechanics of particles, rigid bodies and fluids. (C-ID PHYS 205; Part of C-ID PHYS 200S)

PHYS 421

Electricity and Magnetism    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 401 and PHYS 411 with grades of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 54 hours LAB
This is the second course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science. This course offers a detailed examination of topics from electricity and magnetism. (C-ID PHYS 210; Part of C-ID PHYS 200S)

PHYS 431

Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics    4 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 401 and PHYS 411 with grades of "C" or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 54 hours LAB
This is the third course of the calculus-based physics sequence designed for students studying engineering, physics, chemistry, architecture, and computer science. This course offers a detailed examination of topics from thermodynamics, waves, optics, and modern physics.
(C-ID PHYS 215; Part of C-ID PHYS 200S)

PHYS 495

Independent Studies in Physics    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC 162 hours LAB
This course offers a student or a small group of students the opportunity to study areas of physics that go beyond what is normally covered in physics department courses. It is meant to be an extension of a particular topic of a specific physics department course, and so to be eligible, students must have completed a physics course at Folsom Lake College. They must also gain approval from a department faculty member for the topic of study.

PHYS 499

Experimental Offering in Physics    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU

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