College of the Siskiyous

Courses

PHYS 1001 - Physics by Exploration

A lecture/lab introduction to physics using inquiry-based learning strategies. The course is designed to give Liberal Arts students direct experience in the scientific process thus establishing a solid foundation for scientific literacy. Starting from their own observations, students develop basic physical concepts, use and interpret different forms of scientific representations and construct explanatory models with predictive capability. Students develop scientific reasoning skills and relate scientific concepts, representations, and models to real world phenomena. (AA, CSU, UC)

PHYS 1010 - Conceptual Physics

A non-mathematical general education science lecture course. Topics include: Newtonian mechanics, heat, oscillations and waves, electricity, magnetism, properties of matter, and light. The emphasis of the class is to better understand the physics of everyday phenomena. Not intended for science majors or students who have completed high school physics. (AA, CSU, UC)

PHYS 1020 - Weird Science: Science, Skepticism, and Critical Thinking

This course will strive to teach critical scientific thinking in explaining various phenomena including the realm of the paranormal as well as everyday human behavior. Discussions focus on scientific versus pseudo-scientific explanations, and how to tell the difference. Course covers the use of language, thought, and logic in distinguishing science fact from science fiction. Inductive and deductive methods, judgment, opinion, belief, and knowledge. A critical examination of contemporary pseudoscientific issues (creation "science", astrology, UFO's etc). (AA, CSU)

PHYS 1105 - General Physics I (Offered in the Fall)

Prerequisite: MATH 1100 or qualification through assessment
Advisory:High School Trigonometry

An introduction to the structure and language of physics through the study of mechanics, oscillatory motion, waves and fluid mechanics. Emphasis is given to life science and medical applications of physics. UC transfer credit is granted for either the PHYS 1105 and 1110 series or the PHYS 2105, 2110, and 2115 series. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: PHYS 105)

PHYS 1110 - General Physics II (Offered in the Spring)

Prerequisite: PHYS 1105 and MATH 0980

This course is a continuation and completion of the study of General Physics. The subject matter includes, Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Magnetism, DC circuits, Physical and Geometric Optics, and Modern Physics Lab. (AA, CSU, UC)

PHYS 2105 - Mechanical Physics, Oscillations, and Waves (Offered in the Fall)

Corequisite: MATH 1400

The fundamental principles of mechanics are treated within the mathematical framework of elementary differential and integral calculus. Vectors, Newton's Laws of Motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, conservation laws, rotational motion, rotational dynamics, mechanical oscillations, gravitation, fluid statics and fluid dynamics, oscillations, and wave motion are discussed. UC transfer credit is granted for either the PHYS 1105 and 1110 series or the PHYS 2105, 2110, and 2115 series. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: PHYS 205)

Corequisite:MATH 1400

PHYS 2110 - Electrical Physics, Light (Offered in the Spring)

Prerequisite: PHYS 2105 and MATH 1400
Corequisite: MATH 1500

The fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism are treated within the mathematical framework of elementary differential and integral calculus. Topics include: electric fields, Gauss' Law, electrical potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law of induction, magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic oscillations and waves, alternating currents, Maxwell's equations, and wave properties of light and geometric optics. (AA,CSU,UC) (C-ID: PHYS 210)

PHYS 2115 - Heat, Modern, and Quantum Physics (Offered in the Fall)

Prerequisite: MATH 1400 and MATH 1500
Advisory: PHYS 2110

The fundamental principles of heat, thermodynamics, atomic structure, relativity, quantum mechanics, superconductivity, particle physics and cosmology are covered in this course. The mathematical framework of differential and integral calculus are used in analysis of problems. This is the final course in the engineering physics sequence and thus brings the different areas of physics together. UC transfer credit granted for either the PHYS 1105 and 1110 series or the PHYS 2105, 2110, and 2115 series. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: PHYS 215)

PHYS 2929 - Special Studies

This course provides an opportunity for students to do additional independent study on selected topics in Physics. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU)

Contact

For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Instruction.

Dr. Zachary Zweigle, Dean of Instruction
Email: Office of Instruction
Phone: (530) 938-5201