L31 Physics 117A General Physics I

Calculus-based introduction to the concepts, laws, and structure of physics. The course is taught in a lecture-based style and requires students to complete weekly homework assignments. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, the conservation laws, gravitational force, harmonic motion, wave motion and interference, sound, and special relativity. Concurrent registration in a Physics 117A lab section is required. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Calculus I (Math 131) is required; previous or concurrent enrollment in Calculus II (Math 132) strongly recommended. Credit may not be obtained for both Physics 117A and Physics 197, and students may not simultaneously enroll in both courses.

Credit 4 units. A&S: NS, QA A&S IQ: NSM, AN Arch: NSM Art: NSM BU: SCI

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...No credit awarded. Physics (L31) Physics HL: Grade...enroll in Physics 117A or Physics 197 in...

Environmental Studies


...grade. Same as L31 Physics 171A Credit 3...Math 233 and Phys 117A (or Phys 197...



...of Physics 117A-118A, Physics 197-198 or permission of instructor. Same as L31 Physics...



Physics is the discipline that deals with the most fundamental aspects of our universe, such as the properties of atoms, nuclei and elementary particles; the nature of the forces between them; and the collective behavior of atoms in solids, liquids and gases. It deals with the entire universe, from its birth to its ultimate fate. At the same time, physics provides the tools that help us to understand extremely complex everyday things, like the behavior of sand piles, the strength of materials, or processes in the brain. Physics seeks to discover and understand the mathematical rules that govern the behavior of things. Its early successes in comprehending motion, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism provided a foundation upon which other physical sciences have grown.