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questions on: chem102/103 vs chem202/203, and phys211

dptmejdptmej Posts: 12Registered User New Member
I'm an incoming freshman this year majoring chem engineering. During orientation, my advisor put me in chem202 and chem203. I thought I'd be taking chem102 and chem103 from the research I did before orientation (not that it really matters). But I was just wondering, what exactly are the differences b/t the classes? When I looked online the only difference I saw was that one was called advanced while the other wasn't. So, how much exactly more difficult is chem202/203 over chem102/103?
Second, I took the Physics C AP exam but scored a 4. I felt very confident in the exam, but it didn't come out to what I had expected. So I'm considering placing out of the class. I'm pretty strong in this subject and I know I just have to score higher than a B. But how difficult is the proficiency test for Phys211?
Thanks!
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Replies to: questions on: chem102/103 vs chem202/203, and phys211

  • aklauss17aklauss17 Posts: 198Registered User Junior Member
    Just saying, I don't think anyone will be able to compare the difference between the 2 chem classes because you either take one or the other. I had a friend in the 2XX level ones and their material was a lot more advanced and was more time consuming.
  • nwngeek212nwngeek212 Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    I'm doing the same thing as your for Phys211. I already registered for 212 expecting a 5 on the exam, but somehow I got a 4. I'm so confident that they mis-graded my exam that I sent it in for a rescore. But I'm taking the proficiency test on August 30. So you're not alone :)
  • chemesrulechemesrule Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    this is kind of an old topic, but i'll probably be able to help. as someone who took 202 and tutored people in 102. chem 102 will just be your normal gen chem class - basically ap chem in high school (i think you even use the sam zumdahl book). chem 202 goes a bit deeper and focuses more on thermo/quantum/physical chemistry. there's some more difficult concepts that are a bit more math heavy, but its a good primer for when you need to take the real physical chem (which you will as a chemical engineer). its not terribly bad though, and theres a pretty lenient curve in 202, with a 65-70% average getting an A.

    as for phys 211, proficiency exams are usually similar to the final. if that is indeed the case, it will be really easy. it basically touches on the basics of mechanics, with nothing being too difficult and in-depth. i got a C in hs physics (not AP) and got a 97 on the final. i am by no means a physics guru.
  • nwngeek212nwngeek212 Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    the proficiency exam is this thursday!! wish you luck!
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