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Written Preliminary Exam

The written preliminary examination is the first step for students wishing to pursue their doctorate in AEM. This exam cannot be taken after the second year of study. Students are given two attempts to pass, provided they take the exam for the first time during their first year. Students who take the exam for the first time their second year of study are only given one opportunity to pass.

The exam is held during spring semester each year on a Friday evening and Saturday morning, typically the first weekend in April. Five exam subjects are planned. Original problems are written by AEM faculty each year. Students pre-select two of the five subjects in which they'll answer the questions and complete one subject per day. Subjects must include at least one subject from fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics, or dynamics. Separate questions on computational mechanics and controls are also offered.

Students are allowed a calculator and one notebook containing their notes on the subject for each session. The notes can be typed and contained in a 3-ring binder. The questions will be open-ended and will require creative application of the subject matter.

In evaluation, faculty will consider the student's overall performance including the WPE results, plus other information such as performance in course work, etc., in determining whether a student has passed or failed the exam.

Practice exams are provided for students' preparation. However, solved problems from previous exams cannot be included in the notebook during the exam.

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Sample Written Preliminary Exams

 
Fluid Mechanics Computational Fluid Mechanics
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
2007 2007
2006 2006
2005 2005
2004 2004
2003 2003
2002 2002
2001 2001
2000 2000
1999 1999
1998 1997
1997 1996
1996 1995
1994 1994
1993 1993
1992 1992
Misc. 1  
Dynamics Controls
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
2007 2007
2006 2006
2005 2005
2004 2004
2003 2003
2002 2002
2001 2001
2000 2000
1999 1999
1998 1998
1997 1996
1994 1992
1992 Misc. 1
Misc. 1 Misc. 2
Continuum/Solids
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2002
2001
2000
1999
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1997
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1992
Misc. 1
Misc. 2
Misc. 3
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