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University Physics I Offered to High School Physics Students this Summer

May 7, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

University Physics I Being Offered This Summer!

Western Illinois University Physics Department will be offering a special section of the first semester of university calculus-based physics targeting high school students between their junior and senior years of high school. According to the Macomb Regional Office of Education, this course is approved for dual credit and GPA eligibility with weighted standing in Macomb High School and surrounding high schools. This was based upon the fact that this course is considered comparable to AP high school physics. This is a very exciting and wonderful opportunity for high school students in the area.

This course will be a session of our Physics 211, University Physics I (Calculus-Based) this coming summer 2012 for the eight week session from June 4 through July 27, and it will meet from 9:00-11:30 each day from Monday through Thursday with both the usual lecture, homework discussion, and laboratory components.

Students interested in taking this course should have completed six semesters of high school work by this summer (that is, they should be at the end of their junior year of high school). They should also have completed at least two years of high school algebra (note that trigonometry is preferable, but not mandatory). Concepts of calculus needed in the course will be taught simultaneously. This course will be comparable to AP (not regular) high school physics and students should already have completed the regular high school physics course if it is offered at their high school. This course will be fast-paced and rigorous, but interesting and challenging as well for your best students.

All students desiring to take this course must follow the admission process to WIU as outlined below from our earlier email. After gaining admission to WIU, students will need to send us their name and WIU ID# in order to have the Physics Department register them for the course as it requires special permission from the department to enter the course. The email address is



In order to take such a course, the students will need to complete a WIU application (with $25 fee online) and be accepted with regular freshman admission requirements, namely, an ACT score of 22 and a GPA of 3.00/4.00, supply their high school transcripts showing they will have completed six semesters of coursework by summer 2012, and provide a letter of support from their high school counselor or principal. The current approximate cost per credit hour is $254.95 tuition + $77.73 fees. This means a current total of approximately $1330.72 for a four-credit hour course.

1. Complete the WIU application and pay the $25 online fee.
2. Supply the high school transcript showing they will have completed six semesters of coursework and their ACT score.
3. Meet regular freshman admission requirements.
4. Provide a letter of support from their high school principal or counselor.
5. After admission, send an email with their WIU ID# and express their desire to register in Summer 2012 Physics 211 course for high school students to

In order for select students from high school in their junior year (having only completed four semesters of coursework) to attend they must:
1. Follow the above five items, and
2. Be approved by WIU-CAGAS (Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards).

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Department of Physics Kevin T. Pitts
Loomis Laboratory of Physics Telephone: (217)333-3946
1110 West Green Street Fax: (217)333-4990
Urbana, Il 61801-3080 Email:
May 4, 2012
Chair, Department of Physics
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Currens 212
Macomb, IL 61455
Dear Dr. Boley,
This letter is to confirm that
PHYS 211 - University Physics I (Mechanics)
offered at Western Illinois University is equivalent in scope and content to the
PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics
offered at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Students who enroll in your course can rest assured that they will receive academic credit for the course
at UIUC.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Kevin T. Pitts
Professor of Physics
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs