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.
- Introductory Physics, which provides the basic physics principles and phenomena with an emphasis on relating them to events and processes of everyday
- 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.
- Chemical physicist
- Nuclear physicist
- Fusion engineer
- Food and drug inspector
- Biomedical engineer