Summer Physics

The dates for Summer Physics in 2020 are:

  • General Physics I, May 4-29, 2020
  • General Physics II, June 1-26, 2020

See the Summer Physics 2019 flyer (click here [pdf]) for full details on Summer Physics. The flyer will be updated for 2020 when we have relevant information. Course registration for summer 2020 opens 3 February, 2020.

FAQs

I'm a guest student, and my college/university test week is during the first week of Summer Physics. How can I possibly take Summer Physics if I have to miss the first week of classes? 

Most summers we have a few students who are late to Summer Physics because of these circumstances. We encourage you to wrap things up at your primary institution as quickly as possible. Every day in Summer Physics is like a week during the regular semester, so it's to your advantage to arrive as early in the week as you are able. It will be challenging to catch up, but it's doable for the right student.

Our professor has always worked with students who arrive late. This year, we'll share just what needs to be made up and how we intend to support you in the early part of the summer. Expect to see details on this page by February 2020.

I've applied as a guest student and been accepted. I can't register for General Physics because the system says I haven't completed the prerequisites. What can I do?
Any of the following fulfill the prerequisite requirement for General Physics:

Send an email to Tiffany Summerscales, the professor of PHYS 141 General Physics I and PHYS 142 General Physics II. Include your AU ID number and information on which prequisite you meet, and she can enter a prerequisite override so that your registration can be completed.

As a guest student, I'm exploring residence hall housing options during Summer Physics. How much does it cost to stay on campus? Who should I contact?
For current information on housing costs and arrangements, contact Renee Paddock, Housing Coordinator for Residence Life.

As a guest student, how do I arrange to pay for meals? How much can I expect to spend?
Meal plans are not required of students during the summer semester. Therefore, how much you spend depends on how frequently you eat on campus.

During the summer semester, Terrace Café is open for lunch 11:30-13:30. It is not open for breakfast or supper. The summer hours for Gazebo, our other campus dining option, are 8-11:30 and 13:30-19:00. General Physics lectures begin at 8, so students who wish to eat before 8 will have to plan. As part of our intensive, we offer refreshments during a mid-morning break. This cost is included in the lab fee.

Students can open a Café Account through Registration Central and deposit any amount of funds there. They can then use their ID cards to pay for their meals. Funds can be added to their Café Account at any time. If necessary, you may also add funds to your Café Account by calling Dining Services (269-471-3093) during office hours (summer 10-4 pm Monday–Thursday and 10-12 on Fridays).

Is there class/lab/SGL on Memorial Day?

No. Memorial Day is a national and Summer Physics holiday.

Can I take the final a day or two early? I have a wedding/summer camp job/other important thing that conflicts with the last week of the class.
It might be possible to take the final exam on the last Thursday afternoon of class instead of Friday morning. It would not be possible to take it any earlier than that because there would be class/lab/etc that would be missed.  The professor advises against taking the final on Thursday afternoon because that will significantly decrease the amount of time for studying and will likely decrease the final exam grade.

Summer Physics in 2021

The tentative dates for Summer Physics in 2021 are:

  • General Physics I, May 3-28, 2021
  • General Physics II, June 1-25, 2021