Information for Transferring Credits

 

Introductory Physics at Mines

Entering Freshmen

Transfers from Another College or University

Current Mines Students

Physics Challenge Exams

In cases where a student has completed a calculus-based course in physics which covers most of the topics taught in the same course at Mines, but in which there is some question about the technical rigor, mathematical level, or extent of individual assessment, then the student may be required to demonstrate their understanding and competence by passing a Challenge Exam in order to receive transfer credit for the course taken. 

The Challenge Exam is not an option for students who have not received an invitation to take it. Invitations are automatic for entering Freshmen who qualify, or are issued as part of the review of a formal application for transfer credit.

The next offering of the Physics Challenge Exams is in the afternoon of August 18, 2017.  If you feel you have qualified to take a Physics Challenge Exam but have not yet been contacted, please email Dr. Ruskell at truskell@mines.edu.  Make sure to indicate what qualifications you have met to take the exam.

Physics I Challenge Exam

This sheet of equationsPDF versionText only version will be supplied as part of the exam packet during the Physics I Challenge Exam. You will also be provided with a TI-30XIIS scientific calculator. Personally-owned calculators or hand-held computers are not allowed. You need only bring a pencil (or pencils), and an eraser.

To give you an idea of the level of our course, we have made available a set of actual 2-hour exams from a recent semester. The challenge exam covers the same material in a multiple-choice format. The challenge exam is 2 hours long, and is equivalent to a comprehensive final exam. While a conceptual understanding is essential to doing well on the exam, the exam does emphasize the application of calculus to physical situations.

Sample Exams:

Physics II Challenge Exam

This sheet of equationsPDF versionText only version will be supplied as part of the exam packet during the Physics II Challenge Exam. You will also be provided with a TI-30XIIS scientific calculator. Personally-owned calculators or hand-held computers are not allowed. You need only bring a pencil (or pencils), and an eraser.

The challenge exam covers the same material in a multiple-choice format. The challenge exam is two hours long, and is equivalent to a comprehensive final exam. While a conceptual understanding is essential to doing well on the exam, the exam does emphasize the application of calculus to physical situations.

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