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Advanced Standing Exams in Physics

The Department of Physics offers Advanced Standing Examinations (CASE) for students once or twice per year, prior to the beginning of the fall and/or spring semester. CASE exams are offered for PHYS 1101, 1102,  2207, 2208, 1112, and 2213. A spring advanced standing examination will be given on Monday, January 21, 2019 in room 203 Rockefeller Hall from 12:00-1:00 pm.  This summer's advanced standing examinations will be given on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 9:00 am, location 203 Rockefeller Hall.  A make-up exam is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, time and location TBD.  Contact with questions.  Students will receive notification about whether they passed the CASE exam within 2 days.

Eligible students passing the CASE examination will receive course credits equal in number to the Cornell course covered, but no letter grade. If students do not pass the CASE exam, it does not show up on their transcript. To take the CASE examination, you must register via the website here: Syllabi can be found below for: PHYS 1101, 1102, 2207, 2208, 1112, and 2213. We do not offer practice materials for the CASE exam.

Eligibility for CASE examinations

Eligibility for CASE examinations

  • Students must NEVER have registered for the equivalent class at Cornell. This includes classes that they registered for, but later dropped (unless the drop occurred within 1 week of the start of the semester - please bring documentation to show this).

  • Students must NOT have ever taken the corresponding AP, IB, or GCE A Examination, where they did not receive a high enough score to receive credit at Cornell (information about Advanced Placement / IB credit in Physics can be found here: We do not allow the CASE exam to be a “retake” of those exams.

  • Students may NOT retake the CASE exam if they did not pass the exam before. The Physics department records all CASE exam takers, and students only have one chance to take each CASE exam.

  • Students who took college-level courses for which they are not receiving transfer credit (for instance, at foreign universities or community colleges) are permitted to take the CASE exam.

  • Students who took an AP (or IB) level class in high school, but never took the corresponding AP or IB examination are permitted to take the CASE exam.

  • Students can only take one CASE exam per offering.

Available Exams

The available examinations are:
1. Physics 1112 (4 credits); Engineering mechanics; calculus-based; allow 60 minutes

PHYS 1112 Physics I: Mechanics
Primarily for students of engineering and for prospective physics majors.
Course Prerequisite: co-registration in second semester calculus, or substantial previous contact with introductory calculus, combined with co-registration in first semester calculus.
Mechanics of particles: kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics of many-particle systems: center of mass, rotational mechanics of a rigid body, static equilibrium. At the level of University Physics vol. 1, by Young and Freedman.

2. Physics 1101 and 1102 (4 credits each); algebra-based; allow 60 minutes each

PHYS 1101-1102: General Physics I & II
General introductory physics for non-physics majors.
Prerequisites: Three years of high school mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry.
Physics 1101-1102 emphasizes quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics of introductory physics developed without calculus. Major topics for 1101: kinematics, forces and dynamics, momentum, energy, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, heat and thermodynamics. For 1102: electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, atomic, quantum and nuclear physics. At the level of College Physics by Giambattista, Richardson and Richardson.

3. Physics 2213 (4 credits): Engineering Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics; calculus-based; allow 60 minutes.

PHYS 2213 Physics II: Heat/Electromagnetism
Primarily for students of engineering and for prospective physics majors.
Course Prerequisites: Physics 1112 and co-registration in the continuation of the mathematics sequence.
Exam topics: Electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, DC circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic oscillations. At the level of University Physics v. 1 and 2, by Young and Freedman. Note: P2213 taken at Cornell also includes Thermodynamics

4. Physics 2207 or 2208 addendum; allow 60 minutes.

PHYS 2207(8): Fundamentals of Physics I(II)
This is a calculus-based course, covering roughly the same syllabus as P1101(2). A student wishing to receive credit specifically for PHYS 2207(8) takes the PHYS 1101(2) exam that shows his or her ability to apply calculus to solving problems in physics.

We repeat that students who have earned AP credit DO NOT NEED to take an Advanced Standing Examination. Different AP tests/scores are required for credit equivalent to Phys. 1101, 1102, 1112, and 2213 at Cornell. The requirements are posted under the section entitled Advanced Placement.