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phd qual study plan/group

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:00 pm
by mnakusor
The university I am in tests the following subjects in the qual:

* classical mechanics
* quantum mechanics
* electrodynamics
* statistical mechanics

at the upper-undergraduate/end-of-first-year-graduate level.

It would be great to have a study group for people who are taking the exam soon. Anyone interested to discuss study plans and materials?

Re: phd qual study plan/group

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:54 pm
by tweetie_brid

Study Guidance:
In preparing for the written exam, it is highly recommended that one first completely review all topics at the introductory level using an introductory calculus-based text book. Then one may move on to review the material at the higher undergraduate level, focusing on classical mechanics, electrostatics & circuits, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics. In parallel, it is strongly suggested that one complete the released sample exams. With this level of preparation and study, the majority of graduate students can expect to pass the exam on their first attempt.

Recommended texts:

A calculus-based introductory text book that includes modern topics, such as Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics (Extended Version Chapters 1-46) by Serway & Jewitt.
An undergraduate modern physics text such as Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Thornton & Rex or Modern Physics by Tipler & Llewellyn
An undergraduate mechanics text, such as Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by S. T. Thornton & J. B. Marion or Analytical Mechanics by G. R. Fowles & G. L. Cassiday.
An undergraduate electricity and magnetism text such as Electromagnetic Fields and Waves by P. Lorrain & D. Corson.
An undergraduate heat and thermodynamics text such as Chemical Thermodynamics by Ernö Keszei, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics by H. B. Callen, or An Introduction to Thermal Physics by D. V. Schroeder.
An undergraduate quantum mechanics text such as Principles of Quantum Mechanics by H. C. Ohanian or Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by D. J. Griffiths.