- 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 PHYC 40.
Both classes are conceptual introductions to physics or physical
science. Emphasis on 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.
Equations are used as guides for thinking and not for "plug and
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 may be transferred without the corresponding lab class.
For the Physics 4 and Physics 2 series, lab classes are co-requisites of their corresponding lectures and a required component for transfer in almost all cases. Contact the department chair if you believe you may be an exception.
Can I get AP credit?
The policy for AP tests is in the CCSF Catalog.
Physics B 3/4/5, 3 units, consult with
the department chair.
Physics C Mechanics 3/4/5, 3 units, consult with the department chair.
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism 3/4/5, consult with the department chair.
The reason for the consultation with the department chair is that AP test policy varies widely for different 4 year institutions. As of Fall 2011 these are examples of different policies:
SFSU requires a 3 or better on the Physics B test for the equivalent of Physics 2A at CCSF, or a 4 or better on the Physics C Mechanics test for the equivalent of Physics 4A at CCSF, note that neither of these include the labs at CCSF.
UC Berkeley requires Physics C, both tests: Sum of scores 9 or higher for the equivalent of Physics 4A and 4AL at CCSF.
SJSU requires a 3 or better on the Physics B for the equivalent of Physics 2A and 2AL at CCSF, or a 3 or better on the Physics B Mechanics for the equivalent of Physics 4A and 4AL, a 3 or better on the Physics C for the equivalent of Physics 4B and 4BL.