1st Year Physics Student Guidelines
Entering 1st year Physics Majors: Courses
Physics 9HA and MAT Placement
MAT 21B - okay
MAT 21A - okay if previous experience with Calculus in High School and comfortable with using calculus
on this level in PHY 9HA.Student must take MAT 21D over the following summer as MAT 21D
is a firm prerequisite for PHY 9HD!
Otherwise, a student should take the PHY 9 series, starting with PHY 9A in the Spring Term, as
MAT 21D is a prerequisite for PHY 9C
MAT 21M – okay;reviews briefly MAT 21A material and covers MAT 21B material in an accelerated
MAT 21C – a student may AP into this class with a Calculus BC score of 5.Best to talk to a math adviser
to see if you would be comfortable doing this.
A student can change from PHY 9HA to the regular PHY 9 series only after taking PHY 9HA (not later in the series), and vice versa.
A student who takes 9HA but decides to continue with 9B may need to delay proceeding with physics until taking additional mathematics classes. MAT 21D is a firm prerequisite for PHY 9C.