Education

Minimum Competence Project

To ensure that the students are adequately prepared to study University level physics, and to ensure that their passing of our classes indicates that they have achieved a level of competence we are examining the idea of minimum competence exams.  Nationally such minimum competence standards in university physics do not yet exist.  Why are minimum competence standard necessary?  Because students, future instructors and future employers have a right to know that a grade on a transcript means something.  This part of our web pages will be devoted towards developing minimum competence expectations coming into a course and passing a course.  

 

Minimum Mathematical Competence Expectations for Incoming Introductory Physics Students

For PHY107:  Introductory Mechanics

Our expectations are based on Regents diploma in New York State and Common Core. 

Skill Review Resources for Students:  https://www.ixl.com/math/geometry- Students are expected to have competence on all topics on this page.  Test yourself with the “see recommended skills” link

Regents Mathematics Exams:  http://www.nysedregents.org/regents_math.html

                                                 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics

For PHY108:  Introductory Electro Magnetism 

Our expectations are based on PHY141:  Introductory Calculus offered at University at Buffalo. This is a co requisite for PHY107, and therefore a prerequisite for PHY108.  See a typical syllabus here.

Skill Review Resources for Students: https://www.ixl.com/math/calculus  -Students are expected to have competence on all topics listed on this page.  Test yourself with the “see recommended skills” link.

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