Physics: Oscillations

Spring 2018
Credits per quarter

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Oscillations and waves have many common elements, and many physical phenomena can be modeled as oscillations. This course provides an overview of the physics of light and sound. Topics will include waves, optics, the photoelectric effect, atomic spectra, and an introduction to quantum physics. Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations.  Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior experience in physical science is beneficial as is a general confidence in approaching mathematical information.

Taking this course as part of a sequence with Physics: Energy and Physics: Momentumprovides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:


Advertised schedule:

7-9:30p Tue/Thu

May be offered again in:

Spring 2018-19

2018-03-16Registration is now open to all students