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Physics
Students
 

Kathryn Nette
Program Chair*

Contact for Department:
kathryn.nette@gcccd.edu
phone: (619) 660-4345

 
FACULTY

Jerry Riley

Glenn Thurman

 

 

 

Physics

 

Physics is the study the relationship between matter and energy in the universe. The requirements for an associate science degree in Physics at Cuyamaca College are typical of what four-year colleges and universities require.

Students who complete the Physics Program at Cuyamaca College will, among other things, be able to:

  • Predict periodic trends in ionization energy, atomic size, electron affinity and acid-base properties;
  • Calculate changes in enthalpy, entropy and free energy for chemical reactions, phase changes, solution processes and elementary molecular processes using tables of thermodynamic data;
  • Apply Green’s, Stokes’ and Gauss’ Theorems;
  • Use conservation of energy and conservation of momentum concepts;
  • Use the basic concepts of modern physics: special relativity, photon behavior, matter waves, the uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics in one and three dimensions, statistical physics and nuclear physics.

Courses

  • Introductory Physics, which provides the basic physics principles and phenomena with an emphasis on relating them to events and processes of everyday living;
  • Mechanics and Heat, which covers linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium, work, energy, momentum, gravitation, simple harmonic motion, thermal properties of matter ad thermodynamics.
  • Wave and Motion Modern Physics, which focuses on hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, wave behavior, geometric and physical optics, relativity, light as a particle, matter as a wave, the hydrogen atom and the Schrodinger Equation, electrical conductivity of solids, lasers and nuclear physics.

Career Opportunities

  • Astrophysicist
  • Chemical physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Fusion engineer
  • Astronomer
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Seismologist
  • Engineer

 

 

Revised  July 07, 2014
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