L31 Physics 198 Physics II

Continuation of Physics 197. An advanced, calculus-based introduction to central concepts in physics for students who desire to major in physics or another physical science, or who have a special interest in physics. The course is structured around three themes that are treated in depth: electricity and magnetism, quantum physics, and statistical and thermal physics. A daily regimen of homework and reading as well as active class participation are integral parts of the course. Prerequisites: Physics 197 and Calculus II. Students who have not taken Physics 197 may not register for Physics 198. Concurrent registration in a Physics 198 lab section is required. Credit may not be obtained for both Physics 118 and Physics 198.

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 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.