Physics

Welcome to the Physics Department

Instructors

Niles Severy

With a B.A. degree in Physics and in Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Geophysics, Professor Severy possesses a California Community College Credential for Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Earth Science, Geology and Computer Technology.  He is also a certified CISCO instructor.  He has been teaching at Napa Valley College since 1982.  He received his B.A. from Sonoma State University, and his M.S. from University of Colorado.  He holds interest and expertise in computer network and technology.

His email address is nsevery@napavalley.edu and his web page is here

Classes Offered:

General Applied Physics (PHYS 105)

Study of mechanics, magnetism and optics for students in the two year technology programs.

Descriptive Physics (PHYS 110)

A non-mathematical descriptive introduction to physics for non-science majors.  Numerous slides and demonstrations will be used to illustrate the fundamental laws and applications of mechanics, heat, electricity, sound, optics and atomic physics.  CSU and UC transferrable.  3 units.

Descriptive Physics Laboratory (PHYS 111)

A non-mathematical descriptive physics laboratory that emphasizes concepts before computation, the same approach used for PHYS 110.  Many experiments are observational activities only.  Some experiments involve computers which are programmed to simplify and sumsmarize quantitative measurements.  Corequisite: PHYS 110.  CSU and UC transferrable.  1 unit.

General Physics 1 (PHYS 120)

Mechanics, fluids, wave motion, and heat; emphasis on biological and medical applications in all areas.  Prerequisite: MATH 108.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

General Physics 2 (PHYS 121)

Electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics; emphasis on biological and medical applications in all areas.  Prerequisite: PHYS 120.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1 (PHYS 140)

Mechanics.  Prerequisite: MATH 120; Corequisite: MATH 121. CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2 (PHYS 240)

Heat, electricity, and magnetism.  Prerequisite: PHYS 140 and MATH 121.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Physics for Scientists and Engineers 3 (PHYS 241)

Wave Motion, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Atomic and Nuclear Physics.  Prerequisite: PHYS 240.  Corequisite: MATH 221.  CSU and UC transferrable.  4 units.

Independent Study in Physics (PHYS 199)

For the physics students who wish to pursue topics not included in the regular curriculum.  Possible projects include a research paper, a computer project, sophisticated problem-solving, or innovative experiments in areas such as holography, lasers, or superconductivity.  Credit/No Credit grading.  CSU transferrable.  1 to 3 units. 

Selected Topics in Physics (PHYS 298)

Topics in physics not covered by regular catalog offerings.  Course content and unit credit to be determined in relation to community/student needs and available staff.  May be offered as a seminar, lecture, or lecture/lab class.  CSU transferrable.  1 to 3 units.