Descriptions of Physics 1A/1B/1C and Physics 5A/5B/5C


Physics 1A detailed description

Physics 1A "Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics," 5 units

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: Mathematics 31A, 31B. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 32A. Motion, Newton laws, work, energy, linear and angular momentum, rotation, equilibrium, gravitation. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from Young and Freedman (Sears and Zemansky's) University Physics, 14th edition.

If a course is taught using the online Kudu textbook, homework, and clicker system, the recommended Kudu course is "UCLA Physics 1A", which covers the same topics.

Week Chapters Topics covered Optional sections
1 1, 2 Units, vectors, one-dimensional motion 1.5 Uncertainty and significant figures, 1.6 Estimates and orders of magnitude
2 3 Motion in two or three dimensions, projectiles
3 4 Newton's laws of motion
4 5 Applying Newton's laws
5 6 Work and kinetic energy
6 7 Potential energy and energy conservation
7 8 Momentum, impulse, and collisions 8.6 Rocket propulsion
8 9 Rotation of rigid bodies
9 10, 11 Dynamics of rotational motion, equilibrium 10.7 Gyroscopes and precession, 11.4 Stress, strain, 11.5 Elasticity
10 13 Gravitation 13.7 Apparent weight, 13.8 Black holes, skip Ch. 12 Fluid Mechanics

Physics 1B detailed description

Physics 1B "Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Fluids, Oscillations, Waves, and Electricity," 5 units

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: Physics 1A, Mathematics 31B, 32A. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 32B. Fluid m echanics, oscillation, mechanical waves, and sound. Electric charge, field and potential, capacitors, and dielectrics. Currents and resistance, direct-current circuits. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from Young and Freedman (Sears and Zemansky's) University Physics, 14th edition.

If a course is taught using the online Kudu textbook, homework, and clicker system, the recommended Kudu course is "UCLA Physics 1B", which covers the same topics.

Week Chapters Topics covered Optional sections
1 12 Fluid mechanics 12.6 Viscosity and turbulence
2 14 Periodic motion Skip Ch. 13 Gravitation
3 15 Mechanical waves
4 16 Sound 16.9 Shock waves
5 21 Electric charge and electric field
6 22 Gauss's law 22.5 Charges on conductors
7 23 Electrical potential
8 24 Capacitance and dielectrics 24.5 Molecular model of induced charge and 24.6 Gauss's law in dielectrics
9 25 Current, resistance, and electromotive force 25.6 Theory of metallic conduction
10 26 Direct-current (DC) circuits 26.5 Power distribution systems

Physics 1C detailed description

Physics 1C "Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Magnetism, Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity," 5 units

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: courses 1A, 1B, Mathematics 32A, 32B. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 33A. Magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, and alternating current circuits. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, light, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction. Special relativity. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from Young and Freedman (Sears and Zemansky's) University Physics, 14th edition.

If a course is taught using the online Kudu textbook, homework, and clicker system, the recommended Kudu course is "UCLA Physics 1C", which covers the same topics.

Week Chapters Topics covered Optional sections
1 27 Magnetic fields and magnetic forces 27.9 Hall effect
2 28 Sources of magnetic fields 28.8 Magnetic materials
3 29 Electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law 29.8 Superconductivity
4 30, 31 Inductance, alternating current (AC) circuits
5 32 Electromagnetic waves including Maxwell's equations 32.5 Standing EM waves
6 33 The nature and propagation of light 33.6 Scattering of light, 33.7 Huygens's principle
7 34 Geometrical optics 34.3 Refraction at a Spherical Surface, 34.4 Thin lenses, 34.8 Microscopes and telescopes
8 35, 36 Interference, diffraction 35.5 The Michelson interferometer, 36.3 Intensity for single slit, 36.5 (Grating spectrograph part), 36.6 X-ray diffraction, 36.7 Circular apertures and resolving power, 36.8 Holography
9 37.1-37.5 Special relativity up to the Lorentz transform
10 Special topics (as time/interest of instructor permits), for example:
  • Special relativity: 37.6-37.8 Doppler shift, momentum, work, energy
  • Deriving magnetic field from special relativity
  • Intro to differential forms of Maxwell's equations
  • Solving circuits with complex numbers
  • Spacetime diagrams, light cones and causality

Physics 5A detailed description

Physics 5A "Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics and Energy," 5 units

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Requisites: Life Sciences 30A, 30B, or Mathematics 3A, 3B, 3C (3C may be taken concurrently). Statics and dynamics of forces, motion, energy, including thermal energy, with applications to biological and biochemical systems. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from the required textbook University Physics for the Life Sciences, Update Edition by Knight.

Week Chapter(s) Topics covered Optional sections
1 1 Class orientation, representing motion
2 2 Motion in one dimension 2.8 Instantaneous acceleration
3 3 Vector and motion in two dimensions 3.4 Motion on a ramp, 3.5 Relative motion, 3.6 and 3.7 Projectile motion
4 4 Forces and Newton's Law
5 5 Applying Newton's Laws
6 7 Rotational motion (Skip Chapter 6 Circular motion, orbits and gravity), 7.1 Rotation of a rigid body, 7.4 Rotational dynamics, 7.5 Using Newton's 2nd law for rotation, 7.6 Rolling motion
7 8 Equilibrium and elasticity 8.4 Stretching and compressing materials
8 10 Energy and work (Skip Chapter 9 Momentum)
9 10 Energy and work 10.8 power
10 11.1-11.3 Using energy, review 11.4-11.9 will be covered in 5B

Physics 5B detailed description

Physics 5B "Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, Light, and Optics," 5 units

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 5A. Thermal properties of matter, free energy, fluids, ideal gas, diffusion, oscillations, waves, sounds, light, and optics, with applications to biological and biochemical systems. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from University Physics for the Life Sciences, Update Edition by Knight.

Week Chapter(s) Topics covered Optional sections
1 11.4-11.6 Thermal energy and temperature 11.7 Heat pumps
2 11.8-11.9, 12.1-12.2 Entropy, Thermal properties of matter
3 12.3-12.6, 12.8, 13.1-13.3 Fluids: gases, calorimetry, pressure, buoyancy 12.7 Thermal properties of gases
4 13.4-13.7 Fluids: fluid dynamics, viscosity
5 14.1-14.6, 15.1-15.3 Oscillations and waves 14.7 Damped oscillations, 14.8 Driven oscillations and resonance
6 15.5-15.6, 16.1-16.5 Superposition and standing waves 15.7 Doppler effect, 16.6 Mathematics interference, 16.7 Interferences in 2 and 3 dimensions, 16.8 Beats
7 17.1-17.2 Wave optics
8 17.3-17.6 Wave optics
9 18 Ray optics 18.7 Thin-lens equation
10 19 Optical instruments

Physics 5C detailed description

Physics 5C "Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics," 5 units

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 5A. Electrostatics in vacuum and in water. Electricity, circuits, magnetism, quantum, atomic and nuclear physics, radioactivity, with applications to biological and biochemical systems. P/NP or letter grading.

The topics covered in this class and approximate schedules are listed below. Chapters listed are from University Physics for the Life Sciences, Update Edition by Knight.

Week Chapter(s) Topics covered Optional sections
1 20 Electric fields and forces
2 21 Electric potential 21.4 Calculating the electric potential
3 22 Current and resistance
4 23 Circuits
5 24 Magnetic field and forces
6 25 Electromagnetic Induction and Electromagnetic waves
7 26 Alternating current 26.3 Household electricity, 26.4 Biological effects and safety, 26.5 Capacitor circuits, 26.6 Inductors and inductor circuits
8 28 Quantum physics (Skip chapter 27 on Relativity), 28.7 The uncertainty principles, 28.8 Applications and implications of quantum theory
9 29 Atoms and molecules 29.5 The quantum-mechanical hydrogen atom, 29.6 Multielectron atoms, 29.9 Stimulated emission and lasers
10 30 Nuclear physics and radioactivity 30.7 The ultimate building block of matter