Catalog Number
Exam Type
Multiple Choice
Credit / Level
6.0 / Lower

The UExcel Physics examination is based on material typically taught in a two-semester (lecture-only), six-credit, undergraduate algebra/trigonometry-based course sequence in Physics. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings commonly called Physics I & II. The examination measures a comprehensive knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of physical concepts and theories, and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to analyze and solve a variety of problems. The examination requires a familiarity with units and conversion, scientific notation and orders of magnitude, algebra, trigonometry, and graphing techniques. (Multiple-choice examination)

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