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LOWER DIVISION PHYSICS COURSES

7A. Physics for Scientist and Engineers. (4) Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory/workshop per week. Prerequisites: High School physics, Math 1A or Math1AS; Math 1B or Math 1BS (may be taken concurrently). Mechanics and wave motion.  

7B. Physics for Scientist and Engineers. (4)
Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory/workshop per week.  Prerequisites: 7A; Math 1A-1B, Math 53 (may be taken concurrently). Heat, electricity and magnetism.   

7C. Physics for Scientist and Engineers. (4)
Three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: 7A-7B; Math 1A-1B, Math 53-54 (Math 54 must be taken concurrently, if it has not been completed). Electromagnetic waves, physical optics, relativity and quantum physics.  

H7A-C. Honors Physics for Scientist and Engineers. (4; 4; 4)
Three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: High School physics, Math 1A-1B, Math 53 and Math 54 (Please see Math requirements for the regular 7 sequence). Honors sequence corresponding to 7A-7B-7C, but with a greater emphasis on theory as opposed to problem solving.  Recommended for those students who have has advanced physics on the high school and who are intending to declare a major in physics. Entrance into H7A is decided on the basis of performance on an examination given during the first week of class or the consent of the instructor, and into H7B-H7C on performance in previous courses in a standard sequence.

8A. Introductory Physics. (4)
Students with credit for 7A will not receive credit for 8A. Three hours of lecture and four hours of discussion/laboratory week. Prerequisites: Mathematics 16A or equivalent or consent of instructor. Introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. This course presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena, and is particularly useful preparation for upper division study in biology and architecture. (F,SP) Staff.  

8B. Introductory Physics. (4)
Students with credit for 7B or 7C will not receive credit for Physics 8B. Three hours of lecture and four hours of discussion/laboratory section per week. Prerequisites: 8A or equivalent.Introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. The course presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena, and is particularly useful preparation for upper division study in biology and architecture. (F,SP) Staff.  

10.  Descriptive Introduction to Physics. (3)  
Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Open to students with or without high school physics. The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics. (F,SP) Muller, Staff



C10.  Descriptive Introduction to Physics. (3)  
Students will receive no credit for C10 after taking 10. Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Open to students with or without high school physics. The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics. Also listed as Letters and Science C70V. (F,SP) Muller, Staff

21.  Physics of Music. (2)  
Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: No previous courses in Physics are assumed, although Physics 10 is recommended. Physical principles encountered in the study of music. The applicable laws of mechanics, fundamentals of sound, harmonic content, principles of sound production in musical instruments, musical scales. Numerous illustrative lecture demonstrations will be given. Only the basics of high school algebra and geometry will be used.

C21.  Physics and Music. (2)  
Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Open to students with or without high school physics.What can we learn about the nature of reality and the ways that we humans have invented to discover how the world works? An exploration of these questions through the physical principles encountered in the study of music. The applicable laws of mechanics, fundamentals of sound, harmonic content, principles of sound production in musical instruments, musical scales. Numerous illustrative lecture demonstrations will be given. Only the basics of high school algebra and geometry will be used. Also listed as Letters and Science C70W. (SP)

24.  Freshman Seminars. (1) 
Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies.  One hour of seminar per week.  The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting.  Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.    

39. Lower Division Physics Seminar. (1.5)
Course may be repeated for credit. Two hours of lecture per week. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Enrollment by consent of instructor. Consult bulletin boards outside of 366 LeConte for more information. Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. Seminar course designed for both non-major students and those students considering a major in physics.  Topics will vary from semester to semester.

49. Supplementary Work in Lower Division Physics. (1-3)
Course may be repeated for credit. Meetings to be arranged. Students with partial credit in lower division physics courses may, with consent of instructor, complete the credit under this heading.

84.  Sophomore Seminar. (1)  
One hour of seminar per week. Sections 1-2 to be graded on a passed/not passed basis. Sections 3-4 to be graded on a letter-grade basis. Sophomore seminars are designed for students considering a major in the sponsoring department. They are small, interactive courses in which students will encounter a topic typical of the discipline and become acquainted with the approaches and methods of scholars in that field. Sophomore seminar instructors will become faculty mentors for the students from the time they declare the major until the time they graduate.

98.  Directed Group Study. (1-4)  
Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. One to four hours of directed group study per week. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Restricted to freshman and sophomores only; consent of instructor.

99.  Supervised Independent Study. (1-4)  
Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. One to four hours of independent study per week. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Restricted to freshmen and sophomores only; consent of instructor.