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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 9/06/12]

physics/astronomy

Chair: Jayesh Bhakta

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2923 • SCI 222d
www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/physics/index.html

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED


Associate in Science

Physics – General

 

Other Courses

Astronomy

 

From falling apples to interplanetary spacecraft, high speed computer to the latest medical devices, all natural phenomena and man made technologies have the laws of physics at their core. Studying physics will help you develop an understanding and appreciation of the physical world and prepare you for further work in science, engineering, medical and technical fields.

 

The LACC Physics department offer classes for science and engineering majors, as well as classes and labs for non-science majors which meet transfer requirements. In addition to modern equipment, the department offers research experiences at Cal State LA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), access to an on-campus observatory and computer controlled telescopes, and “Star Parties” –- special astronomy field trips.

 

 DEGREE PROGRAMS 

 

Physics

Associate of Science Degree

Transfer Program

This four semester sequence of courses serves two functions:

1)      it provides a student with a two year Associate in Science degree as a physics major; and

2)     it provides the student with preparatory course work to transfer to a four-year university as a junior in physics or other related physical sciences.

All of the physics and mathematics courses listed here are prerequisites for upper division physics and mathematics courses for physics majors. Courses not completed at LACC must be taken at the university before entry into the upper division major program.

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester

Mathematics 261............................................................................. 5

English 101........................................................................................ 3

General Education (American History) ....................................... 3

 

Second Semester

Physics 101....................................................................................... 5

Mathematics 262............................................................................. 5

Chemistry 101................................................................................... 5

General Education 

(Speech Communication 101 or English 102).......................... 3

**   Students transferring to the UC should take English 102. 

 

Third Semester

Physics 102....................................................................................... 5

Mathematics 263............................................................................. 5

Mathematics 275.............................................................................. 3

General Education (Humanities).................................................. 3

 

Fourth Semester

Physics 103....................................................................................... 5

Chemistry 102 ................................................................................. 5

General Education (Health Ed and PE)

(Select one course from either

Behavioral Science or Life Science)........................................... 6

 

Total Units

(includes general education requirements)....................... 61 

 

Physics 101 and Mathematics 261 may be used to fulfill the General Education requirements (double count).  

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan A for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN A: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section.  Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

3-6 Units          English Composition                    

6-9 Units          Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             Natural Sciences                         

3 Units               Humanities                                

9 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education          

3-5 Units          Math Competency                    

(Math 115 or higher or passing score on Los Angeles Community College District Math competency exam)


 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 


NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

ASTRONOMY 1

Elementary Astronomy

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or concurrent enrollment in Learning Skills 1 or 7.

A cultural course in the general principles and the fundamental facts of astronomy. For the non-technical student.

ASTRONOMY 5

Fundamentals of Astronomy Laboratory

1 UNIT – (UC:CSU)

Co-requisite: Astronomy 1.

A presentation of the methods and techniques used by astronomers to determine the nature of the universe. This course involves working with and learning the operation of Astronomical instruments and equipment including the 12 inch telescope housed in the Los Angeles City College Observatory.

ASTRONOMY 10

The Solar System

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or concurrent enrollment in Learning Skills 1 or 7.

A non-mathematical cultural course in the general principles and history of astronomy, focusing on the nature of the solar system.  For the non-technical student.

ASTRONOMY 11

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or concurrent enrollment in Learning Skills 1 or 7.

A non-mathematical cultural course in the general principles and history of astronomy, focusing on the stars, galaxies, and the origin of the universe.  For the non-technical student.

                                                                       

 

PHYSICS 6

General Physics I

4 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Completion of three years of high school math, including trigonometry, or Mathematics 240.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory and discussion 3 hours.

This course is designed for majors in Health and Life Sciences, Architecture, and all those needing a one year course in college physics requiring trigonometry but not calculus (see also Physics 21). The principal topics are mechanics, heat and sound.

 

PHYSICS 7

General Physics II

4 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Physics 6 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory and discussion 3 hours.

This course examines the later developments of physics leading through electricity and magnetism to optics, relativity and quantum theory, atomic and nuclear physics.

 

PHYSICS 11

Introductory Physics

4 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 115 and 120 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Credit allowed for only one of Physics 11 or 12.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory and demonstration 3 hours.

This general introductory course with laboratory serves as the prerequisite for Physics 101, 6, 21, and for the health career programs. It is aimed at developing physical intuition, problem solving techniques and laboratory procedures. It is not open to students who have had a college course in physics. Those needing only one semester of laboratory science should consider enrolling in Physics 12 and 14.

        

PHYSICS 12

Physics Fundamentals

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Open to all students. Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Credit allowed for only one of Physics 12 and 11.

A journey into the world of physics— its ideas, methods, personalities, and implications. A brief attempt to make some sense of the universe for all those who do not plan further work in physics. Credit for a laboratory science course may be earned through concurrent enrollment in Physics 14. Not open to students who have had a college course in physics.     

 

PHYSICS 14

Physics 14 Laboratory

1 UNIT - (UC:CSU)

Co-requisite: Physics 12.

Laboratory 3 hours.

Advisory:  English 21

This introductory laboratory course in general physics provides the liberal arts student with laboratory experience which supplements the instruction given in Physics 12.  Taken with or after Physics 12, it completes the units requirement for a Natural Science course with laboratory.

 

PHYSICS 21

General Physics I with Calculus

4 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Physics 11 with a satisfactory grade or high school physics.

Co-requisite: Mathematics 261.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Discussion 1 hour.

Physics 21 is the first of a two-semester, calculus-based, sequence of general physics courses.  (Physics 22 completes the sequence.)  This sequence is recommended and designed for Pre-medical students, Life Science students and other students that require a two-semester, calculus based, sequence of physics courses.  Topics covered in Physics 21 include mechanics, waves and fluids, with an emphasis on applications to the life sciences.

 

PHYSICS 22

General Physics II with Calculus

4 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisites: Physics 21 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Co-requisite: Mathematics 262.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Discussion 1 hour.

Physics 22 is the second of a two-semester, calculus-based, sequence of general physics courses.  This sequence is recommended and designed for Pre-medical students, Life Science students and other students that require a two-semester, calculus based, sequence of physics courses.  Topics covered in Physics 22 include thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.. There will be an emphasis on applications to the life sciences.

 

PHYSICS 101

Physics for Engineers and Scientists I

5 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Physics 11 with a satisfactory grade or high school physics.

Co-requisite: Mathematics 261.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory/tutorial and demonstration 6 hours.

This course is designed to cover the field of mechanics, including both static and dynamics, Newton’s laws, translational and rotational motion, work and energy, elasticity, fluid mechanics, simple harmonic motion, and gravitational theory.

 

PHYSICS 102

Physics for Engineers and Scientists II

5 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Physics 101 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 262, unless taken previously.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory/tutorial and demonstration 6 hours.

This course includes: thermodynamics, including applications to heat engines, kinetic theory of gases; a rigorous introduction to electrostatic and magnetic fields, capacitance and inductance, DC and AC circuits and transients, resonance and Maxwell’s equations.

                                                                             

PHYSICS 103

Physics for Engineers and Scientists III

5 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Physics 102 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 263, unless taken previously.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory/tutorial and demonstration 6 hours.

This course presents mechanical waves, sound waves, resonance, electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, wave optics and physical optics. It also includes topics in modern physics; special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics.

 

PHYSICS 185 Directed Study — 1 UNIT   (CSU)

PHYSICS 285 Directed Study — 2 UNITS (CSU)

PHYSICS 385 Directed Study — 3 UNITS (CSU)

Prerequisite: Signature of Instructor and Science and Mathematics classes appropriate to the research to be undertaken.

Conference 1 hour per unit.

Allow students to pursue Directed Study on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor. Refer to the "Directed Study" section of this catalog for additional information.

Credit Limit: A maximum of 3 units in Directed Study may be taken for credit.

 

ARCHIVED CLASSES

PHYSICS 1 Mechanics of Solids

PHYSICS 2 Mechanics Of Flies, Heat, and Sound

PHYSICS 3 Electricity and Magnetism

PHYSICS 4 Optics and Modern Physics

 

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