I have heard it stated by renowned scientists, for example Stephen Hawking, that the macroscopic world is completely deterministic from a theoretical if not practical perspective, while the quantum realm is probabilistic. My question concerns the interaction of atomic radiation with the macroscopic world. The emission of a particle from a particular nucleus at a particular time is, as I understand it, purely probabilistic. If that particle hits a DNA molecule and causes a mutation resulting in cancer how can that cancer be said to be theoretically deterministic?
Physics Illinois has on-line registration to take a proficiency exam with the final exams in December and May and on the first Thursday of the fall and spring semesters.
The deadline to sign up to take a proficiency exam with the final exams is the last day of instruction for the semester. The deadline to sign up to take a proficiency at the beginning of the spring (January) and fall (August) semesters is the first Tuesday of the semester.
Courses available: PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, 214, 225
Purpose of proficiency exams: To permit clearly superior students who have good knowledge of the course material to get credit for a course without taking it. A student who is enrolled in the course or who has already taken it may not take the proficiency exam. An exam may be taken only once.
Grade: The assigned grade is Pass or Fail. To pass the exam an A or B must be made. Students who receive a B- or less will not receive proficiency credit. Failures are not formally reported.
Makeup final exams: Students who missed a final exam in the previous semester may register to make up the final exam when the proficiency exams are given. When you register please indicate the semester in which you took the course.
AP and transfer credit: If you have taken a course at another school that transfers to U of I exactly as the course of interest, then there’s no need to take the proficiency exam. If you have taken a course at another school that does not transfer exactly as the course of interest, you should consult your academic advisor as to whether you should take the proficiency exam. If you have received AP credit for the course of interest, there is no need to take the proficiency exam.
Study information: A course syllabus is available on the web at http://physics.illinois.edu/courses/. Click the course web site of the proficiency exam you wish to take. In order to prepare for the proficiency exam, we recommend looking through the lecture notes, taking any practice exams available, or purchasing the textbook for the course.
PHYS 225 proficiency exam: PHYS 225 proficiency exam will only be offered with the PHYS 225 final exams during December and May each semester. It will not be offered during the January or August timeframe.
Sign-up: Go to https://my.physics.illinois.edu/undergrad/proficiency/signup.asp, choose the class you'd like to take an exam in and click the 'Signup!' button.
Questions: Contact Sandy Johnson at 217.333.4361 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time and place: With department approval, a proficiency examination may be taken at the time of the regular spring or fall final exams or on the first Thursday of the fall and spring semesters 7:00-10:00 PM in a room to be determined. You will receive an email the day before the exam to tell you the room where you will take the exam. Bring your Illinois identification (iCard), calculator and two #2 pencils.
If you have taken any exam in a course, you forfeit your privilege to take the proficiency exam. An exam may be taken only once. You may take only one exam in January and in August.
Students enrolled in any advanced physics course are not allowed to take any physics proficiency exam. Please come to 231 Loomis to discuss your options.
Proficiency exams are only offered for PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, 214 and 225. The Physics Department does not offer proficiency exams for any other courses.
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