L31 Physics 118A General Physics II

Continuation of Physics 117. Calculus-based introduction to concepts, laws and structure of physics. Topics include electromagnetic forces and fields, direct current circuits, capacitance and inductance, electromagnetic radiation, light, geometrical and physical optics, interference and diffraction, early quantum theory, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Physics 117A, Physics 197 or permission of instructor. Concurrent registration in a Physics 118 lab section is required. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Calculus II Math 132 is recommended. Credit may not be obtained for both Physics 118 and Physics 198.

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

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...No credit awarded. Physics (L31) Physics HL: Grade...enroll in Physics 118A or Physics 198 in...



...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.