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Frequently Asked Questions

PHYS 111  PHYS 112  PHYS 221

PHYS 111, PHYS 112 and PHYS 221 are being offered for the last time in Spring 2021. Starting Summer 2021, PHYS111  will be replaced by PHYS 131X & 131L, PHYS 221 will be replaced by PHYS 231X & 231L. Starting Fall 2021 PHYS 112 will be replaced by PHYS 132X & 132L.


FAQ

  1. Will concurrent registration in PHYS 131X/131LX be required, or can a student take only PHYS 131X? There will be no requirement of concurrent registration, students will be able to register for PHYS 131X without registering in PHYS 131L. Same policy applies to PHYS 132X, PHYS 231X, PHYS 232.
  2. Can a student take only PHYS 131L? PHYS 131L has PHYS 131X as credit or enrollment pre-requisite (i.e., PHYS 131L may be taken with or after PHYS 131X, but not before). To enroll in PHYS 131L, students have to concurrently enroll in PHYS 131X or already have credit for PHYS 131X with a passing grade. Same policy applies to PHYS 132L, PHYS 231L, PHYS 232L.
  3. Can a student take only PHYS 131L if they drop PHYS131X? No, if a student drops PHYS 131X, and does not have credit for PHYS 131X from a previous semester, the student will be required to also drop PHYS 131L. An exception is made for students dropping PHYS 131X late in the semester. Specifically if a students drops PHYS 131X after the Monday of last week to drop classes without extenuating circumstances, the student can continue enrollment in PHYS 131 L. Same policy applies to PHYS 132L, PHYS 231L, PHYS 232L.
  4. If a student has credit for PHYS 111 will that count as prereq for PHYS 132x?  Yes, PHYS111 has the same content as PHYS131 and PHYS 131L, PHYS 111 will count as prereq PHYS132X and PHYS 132L.
  5. If a student has credit PHYS 221  will that count as prereq for PHYS 232?  Yes, PHYS 221 has the same content as PHYS231 and PHYS 231L, PHYS 221 will count as prereq PHYS232 and PHYS 232L.
  6. The tentative summer schedule shows that both PHYS 231X and PHYS 231LX are offered as WWW. What are the future plans for offering these courses as WWW vs. face-to-face? The current plan is that starting with Fall 2021, and in future semesters, we will return to face-to-face instruction for all physics classes.  Specifically for PHYS 231X, PHYS 232X, and PHYS 231LX,  we are planning to offer both, a face-to-face and WWW version.
  7. How will this change impact articulation of transfer credits? Since there is no change in content, for either the lecture component or lab component: courses that currently articulate as PHYS 221 equivalents will in the future articulate as PHYS 231X and PHYS 231L. Similarly courses that currently articulate as PHYS 111 equivalents will in the future articulate as PHYS 131X and PHYS 131L. Courses that currently articulate as PHYS 112 equivalents will in the future articulate as PHYS 132X and PHYS 132L.
  8. How would repeating PHYS 131 (lecture only) affect a student who has previously taken PHYS 111? Would they also need to retake the lab? Students do not need to retake the lab but they have to register for the for both 131 and 131L (section LW, lab waiver). If they had a passing grade in the lab part of the course, they will apply for a lab waiver in Canvas and the lab instructor will transfer their old lab score out of 10 (just based on the lab part), and that will become their letter grade in 131L at the end of the semester.
  9. I have a student who has previously taken PHYS 111 and will be repeating it as PHYS 131X. How will that work for the Designated Repeat? Will it be automatic, or will we need to complete a DR form? Since the number changed the designated repeat won’t be automatic, the DR form will have to be submitted.

 

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