The mission of the Physics Department at College of Alameda is to integrate problem-solving with a firm conceptual foundation and laboratory exercises. You will spend time working with other students in class, discussing physics concepts and solving problems together.
The study of Physics is the study of the universe, beginning with the fundamental structures of nature such as energy and matter. Ideas in physics have led to great developments such as such as relativity, superconductivity, the semiconductor chip, lasers, and string theory.
- Students apply the concepts of physics to everyday situations.
- Students develop descriptions of physical systems using mathematics and calculate measurable quantities.
- Students set up laboratory equipment safely, plan and carry out experimental procedures, identify possible sources of error, reduce and interpret data, and prepare clear written reports.
- High School Physics or PHYS 10 with PHYS 10L
- PHYS 4A
- PHYS 4B
- PHYS 4C
- PHYS 10, Introduction to Physics, 4 units. Recommended preparation: Math 201 or 210D, and Math 202
- PHYS 10L, Introduction to Physics Lab, 1 unit. Corequisite or Prerequisite: PHYS 10.
- General Physics with Calculus (C-ID PHYS 200S, pending) is a 3-semester comprehensive study of major topics of physics. Each course is 5 units, 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
- PHYS 4A (C-ID PHYS 205). Prerequisite: Math 3A. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Math 3B. Recommended preparation: Phys 10. Motion, forces, gravity, energy, momentum, rotation, equilibrium, fluids, oscillations, waves, and sound.
- PHYS 4B (C-ID PHYS 210). Prerequisite: Phys 4A and Math 3B. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Math 3C. Thermodynamics, electric forces and fields, magnetic forces and fields, electricity, and AC and DC circuits.
- PHYS 4C (C-ID PHYS 215). Prerequisite: Phys 4B and Math 3C. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Math 3E and 3F. Light, interference, relativity, quantum physics, atoms, molecules, and nuclei.
With a degree in Physics, you can do basic and applied research, engineering, science education, and work in almost any field requiring you to think analytically about whole systems. It is also excellent preparation for higher educational pursuits in professional schools in medicine and patent law.
The physics and math programs really prepared me to do well at Cal. I was worried about whether I was going to know my stuff. And I did. Community college teachers are here because they love to teach, and because they care about their students.
Definitely seek out all of the resources that are available here at Peralta. One is the Transfer Center, which is very good. I got lots of help.
What I realized is that there are a lot of people who really want to help you. Like if you want to transfer, they will help you get there.