- What is the difference between Physics 40 and Physics 41?
What is the difference between Physics 10 and Physical
- How do I get a prerequisite block removed?
- Can I take Physics 4C and Physics 4D at the same time?
- Do I have to take the lab?
- Can I get AP credit?
Physics 40 and Physics 41 are designed for students who would like to
take the physics 2 series or the physics 4 series, but have never had
a physics class before, or would like a refresher course. Both classes
are transferable to the UC or CSU systems. Typically students are
encouraged to take physics 40 as preparation for the physics 2 series
and physics 41 as preparation for the physics 4 series. Physics 41 is
generally taught at a higher math level and includes some reference to
calculus. If you are planning on taking the Physics 4 series but
cannot fit PHYC 41 in your schedule it would be appropriate to take
Both classes are conceptual introductions to physics or physical science, and emphasize topics that lead to a better understanding of our technological society and physical environment. Both Conceptual Physics and Conceptual Physical Science were developed by Paul Hewitt an emeritus professor of Physics at CCSF. Neither course has a math prerequisite although ratios and some simple algebra are used so there is a math advisory attached to each: see catalog for current advisories. Equations are used as guides for thinking and not for "plug and chug" exercises.
Conceptual Physics covers topics in physics including motion, forces, energy, heat, sound, light and nuclear physics. Conceptual Physical Science covers a shorter version of the physics topics in addition to topics in Chemistry, Earth Science, and Astronomy.
If you received a message when you register that states that you have
a pre-requisite block and you feel that it is an error, please contact
the department chair. This may
happen if you have taken a course at a different school and you have
not transferred the course to CCSF. If that is the case, send a copy
of your transcript, your CCSF student ID number, and the CCSF physics
course that you would like to add to the department chair. It can
usually be cleared up within a day or two.
Strong students may be allowed to take the last two semesters
concurrently. The lab class is a co-requisite of its corresponding
lecture and a required component for transfer in almost all cases.
Contact the department
chair if you believe you may be an exception.
Physics 10 and Physical Science 11 lectures may be taken with or
without the corresponding lab. Whether you need to take the lab
depends on your program of study, and you are strongly encouraged to
consult with a councilor to see whether you need to take the lab.
Generally for an associates degree at CCSF you only need the lecture
to satisfy GE area C, but some specific programs such as Diagnostic
Medical Imaging require the lab as well. The California State
University System and University of California system generally
require at least one science class with a lab. This may be satisfied
by taking Physics 10 lecture and lab (PHYC 10 and 10L), or Physical
Science 11 lecture and lab (P SC 11 and 11L). Student may enroll in
PHYC 10L or P SC 11L concurrently with the lecture, or in a subsequent
For the Physics 4 and Physics 2 series slab classes are strongly advised. Nearly all programs that require the Physics 2 or 4 also require the lab as well. Furthermore the labs may be prerequisites for other courses in the sequence. Putting off or skipping the labs for these course may seriously delay students from completing their programs.
Can I get AP credit?
The policy for AP tests is in the CCSF Catalog. Currently a score of
3/4/5 on the Physics 1, 2, C Mechanics, or C Elect. and Magnetism may
be used for 3 units towards CCSF GE Area C
For course equivalency please contact the department chair. The
reason for the consultation with the department chair is that AP test
policy varies widely for different 4 year institutions, and it is
possible that students could wind up in a position of having to go
back and retake courses.