L31 Physics 197 Physics I

Calculus-based introduction to the central concepts, laws, and structure of physics, presented in an active learning environment. The course is structured around three themes that are treated in depth: conservation laws, Newtonian physics, and special relativity. A daily regimen of homework and reading, as well as weekly homework assignments, small-group problem-solving exercises, and active class participation are integral parts of this course. Concurrent registration in a Physics 197 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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...physics should enroll in Physics 197 or Physics...No credit awarded. Physics (L31) Physics HL: Grade...

Environmental Studies


...grade. Same as L31 Physics 171A Credit 3...Phys 117A (or Phys 197); or permission of...



...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.