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Physics

Please note, it is not necessary to complete pre-requisites at Columbia University. Students are expected to meet pre-requisite requirements prior to registration.

Physics S1201 with S1291 laboratory and Physics S1202 with S1292 laboratory constitute a complete one-year course in general physics. These courses are designed primarily for premedical and other preprofessional and liberal arts students. Each laboratory course includes ten three-hour laboratory periods.

Physics S1201 and S1202 count toward the science requirement for most Columbia University undergraduates. 

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022
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BASIC PHYSICS
PHYS0065S001 0 points.

Prerequisites: high school mathematics, but not calculus. Basic Physics serves as preparation for General Physics 1201-1202 and is intended for those students who do not have a solid foundation in high school physics or who have been away from school for several years. The course will provide an introduction to the basic concepts and fundamental laws of physics, focusing on mechanics, together with a review of the mathematical techniques needed for problem-solving.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS0065S001 001/10159 Session B Tu 04:30 PM–06:05 PM
Th 04:30 PM–06:05 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jeremy Dodd
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS1201S001 3 points.
Prerequisites: this course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1291D. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1201S001 001/10160 Session A Mo 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
Tu 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
We 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
Th 09:00 AM–10:25 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Burton Budick
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS II
PHYS1202S001 3 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1201 or the equivalent. This course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. The same course as PHYS S1202X, but given in a six-week session. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1292Q. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1202S001 001/10161 X Summer Session Mo 06:00 PM–07:25 PM
We 06:00 PM–07:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Eric Raymer
3 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS II
PHYS1202S002 3 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1201 or the equivalent. This course uses elementary concepts from calculus, and students should therefore have some basic background in differentiation and integration. The same course as PHYS S1202X, but given in a six-week session. Assignments to discussion sections are made after the first lecture. Basic introduction to the study of electricity, magnetism, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. The accompanying laboratory is PHYS S1292Q. NOTE: There are two recitation sessions that meet for one hour each week. The recitation times will be selected at the first class meeting.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1202S002 002/10162 Session B Mo 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
Tu 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
We 09:00 AM–10:25 AM
Th 09:00 AM–10:25 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jeremy Dodd
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
PHYS1291S001 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1201. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1201D. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1291S001 001/10163 Session A Mo 10:30 AM–01:30 PM
We 10:30 AM–01:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
PHYS1291S002 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1201. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS S1201D. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture, offered Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 10.30AM-1.30PM.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1291S002 002/10164 Session A Tu 10:30 AM–01:30 PM
Th 10:30 AM–01:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S001 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S001 001/10165 X Summer Session Mo 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S002 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S002 002/10166 X Summer Session Tu 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S003 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S003 003/10167 X Summer Session We 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S004 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S004 004/10168 X Summer Session Th 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Closed for Online Registration
(no Adds or Drops)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S005 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S005 005/10169 Session B Mo 10:30 AM–01:30 PM
We 10:30 AM–01:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
PHYS1292S006 1 points.
Prerequisites: PHYS S1202. May be taken before or concurrently with this course. Laboratory for PHYS 1202X. Assignments to laboratory sections are made after the first lecture. NOTE: Labs meet one day a week (Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs) 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. There are no evening lab sections.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS1292S006 006/10170 Session B Tu 10:30 AM–01:30 PM
Th 10:30 AM–01:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Giuseppina Cambareri
1 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
SUPERVISED READINGS
PHYS4998G001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHYS4998G001 001/12510 X Summer Session
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Gustaaf Brooijmans
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person