Department of Physics and Astronomy
Revised July 2009
Advanced Standing: AP High School course and AP Exam
Credit is given separately for the in-class and lab portions of Penn’s introductory Physics
courses. The AP Exam is used to give credit for the in-class portion, while credit for the
lab portion is given based on the labs done in your high school course (see below).
Physics 91 (in class) + Physics 050 (lab)
Physics 92 (in class) + Physics 051 (lab)
Physics 93 (in class). No lab portion.
Physics 93 (in class) + Physics 050 (lab)
Physics 94 (in class). No lab portion.
Physics 94 (in class) + Physics 051 (lab)
You will receive credit for the appropriate course or courses automatically based on your
AP Exam score.
AP “C” Mechanics
AP “C” Electromagnetism
Please note that if you receive credit for an introductory Physics course at Penn, the AP
Credit for that course or a similar one is lost. For example, if you take Physics 150 at
Penn, any AP Credit for Physics 91 or Physics 93 will be lost.
Penn Lab Requirement
Credit is awarded for the lab portion only if your high school course is found to have
comparable difficulty to Penn’s course. You should be aware that many high school
courses do NOT meet this standard.
To evaluate whether you will receive credit for the lab, we need:
- Copies of ALL the lab reports from your high school course. If you cannot
provide all the lab reports, please provide as many as possible along with a list
of all the labs that were performed.
Please bring this information to the Physics Undergraduate Office, DRL room 2E1. You
will be given a cover sheet to fill out when you turn in the material.
We will make every effort to return the documents to you after we have reviewed them,
but this cannot be guaranteed. You might want to make copies of these documents if you
want to be sure to have