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PHYS 431 Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 401 and PHYS 411 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC (PHYS 350, 360, 370, 380, 411, 421, 431 combined: maximum transfer credit of one series*; deduct credit for duplication of topics)

CID: C-ID PHYS 215; Part of C-ID PHYS 200S

This course examines the fundamentals of thermodynamics, waves and modern physics. Topics include temperature, heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, mechanical waves, sound, light reflection and refraction, interference and diffraction, optics, lasers, special relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1--DEVELOP AND ARTICULATE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THERMODYNAMIC SYSTEMS, WAVE PROPERTIES, SOUND, REFLECTION AND REFRACTION OF LIGHT, GEOMETRICAL OPTICS AND MODERN PHYSICS THAT INCLUDES RELATIVITY, QUANTUM PHYSICS, AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS.