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 |
---|---|---|

27-Aug | Introduction | |

10-Sep | Topics from Introductory Physics I | Module 1 |

17-Sep | Topics from Introductory Physics II | Module 2 |

24-Sep | Topics from Introductory Physics III | Module 3 |

1-Oct | Topics from Introductory Physics IV | Module 4 |

8-Oct | Quasi-static situations (E&M), square potentials (QM) | Module 5 |

15-Oct | Postulates of QM, non-inertial frames | Module 6 |

22-Oct | Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics | Module 7 |

29-Oct | Coupled Oscillations, Thermodynamics | Module 8 |

5-Nov | Relativistic kinematics and dynamics | Module 9 |

12-Nov | Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics | Module 10 |

19-Nov | The Kepler problem, Polarization | Module 11 |

26-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:

- Concepts:
- Reasoning:
- Details of the calculation:

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