Schedule

Students are expected to study the web-based material, review the corresponding material in textbooks, and complete the homework assignment from the previous module during the time interval indicated in the schedule below. 

Link:  A collection of solved Physics Problems

class main topic study these problems before class
29-Aug Kinematics, Newton's laws (single particle), Interacting objects Module 1
12-Sep Electrostatics, Dielectrics, DC circuits Module 2
19-Sep Magnetostatics, Quasi-static situations, Inductance Module 3
26-Sep Solids, liquids, gases, Thermodynamics Module 4
3-Oct Simple oscillations and waves, Optics, Modern physics Module 5
10-Oct Relativistic kinematics and dynamics Module 6
17-Oct Review  
24-Oct Rigid body motion, Non-inertial frames Module 7
31-Oct Mathematical foundations of QM,  Postulates of QM Module 8
7-Nov Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics Module 9
14-Nov Square potentials (QM), Angular momentum in QM Module 10
21-Nov The Kepler problem, Coupled oscillations Module 11
28-Nov Review  

The Web-based material is divided into 11 modules.  Each modules has a physics theme.  It reviews concepts and formulas associated with this theme and presents many solved problems.  Each solution addresses the following points:

Students should study at least 10 of the solved problems each week.  They should make sure they understand the solutions and maybe suggest different ways to arrive at the same solutions.
Student unfamiliar with the the concepts and formulas needed to solve a problem should refer to their junior/senior-level undergraduate textbook for a review.

Link:  Formula sheet for the qualifying exam
Link:  Front cover of a qualifying exam with physical constants
Link:  Physics problems