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The testing dates will be as follows:

Date Time Location
Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:30pm - 04:30pm PHYS 112
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 06:30pm - 09:30pm PHYS 112
Thursday, October 23, 2014 06:30pm - 09:30pm TBA
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 06:30pm - 09:30pm TBA

Note: Actual test time for 172, 220, 221, and 272 is 2.5 hours, while the test time for 241 is 2 hours. Each exam is scheduled for a longer period to allow time for orientation, instructions, etc., but you need to be present at the starting time shown above. We reserve the right to limit the number of students who can take the Advanced Credit Exams on each exam day.



Registration closes 24 hours prior to the exam date. No students will be accepted after registration is closed.

Exam Rules
  1. Eligibility:
    • If you took a course and received any grade other than a "W", you are NOT eligible to take the corresponding Exam.
    • Exam for a course can only be taken once.
    • You can take a maximum of one Exam from among (172, 220) [introductory mechanics] and one from among (221, 241, 272) [introductory electricity and magnetism] in your entire career as a Purdue student.
    • You must be pre-registered for the Exams on Physics web site. There will be capacity limits placed and you are encouraged to register early.
    • If you register to take an Exam and did not cancel it by the close of the registration period, you are considered to have taken the exam and received a zero. If you need to withdraw registration, send Email to and and inform us.
  2. Required material:
    • You must bring your Purdue Student ID with your photo on it.
    • You must bring a completed Form 231 signed by your advisor.
  3. Materials you are allowed to bring to and use in the Exams:
    • Pencils, eraser, and a calculator that is non-graphing, non-programmable, and only has a one- or two-line display (such as TI 30xa, Casio Fx 260) [NOTE] Equation sheet will be provided (you cannot bring one of your own).
  4. Lengths of the exams:
    • Exams for 172, 220, 221, 272 are 2.5 hours long and include questions that relate specifically to experiments and lab experience. Exams for 241 are 2 hours long and do NOT include those types of questions.

As of November, 2012, passing these Exams will award you credits for the respective courses without further requirements on lab experience unlike in the past.

If you have any questions, please call or email Carol Buuck.

Thank you,

Carol D. Buuck
Schedule Deputy/Undergrad Teach Coord.
Physics Building, Room 144
525 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036
Phone: 765-494-7713

Phys 17200

For requirements, refer to the PHYS 17200 course page
PHYS172 Practice Exams

Phys 22000

For requirements, refer to the PHYS 22000 course page
PHYS220 Practice Exams

Phys 22100

For requirements, refer to the PHYS 22100 course page
PHYS221 Practice Exams

PHYS 24100

For requirements, refer to the PHYS 24100 course page
PHYS241 Practice Exams

Phys 27200

For requirements, refer to the PHYS 27200 course page
PHYS272 Practice Exams

Topics to review for PHYS 272: Calculus-based physics course using concepts of electric and magnetic fields and an atomic description of matter to describe polarization, fields produced by charge distributions, potential, electrical circuits, magnetic forces, induction, and related topics, leading to Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic radiation and an introduction to waves and interference. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed throughout.

The exam does not include computer simulations etc.

Suggestion: You may consider reviewing the text "Matter & Interactions II" by Chabay|Sherwood