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.
|class||main topic||study these problems before class|
|15-Jan||Maxwell's Equations: Quasi-static situations||Module 1a|
|22-Jan||AC and transient circuits||Module 1b|
|29-Jan||Maxwell's Equations: Electrodynamics||Module 2|
|5-Feb||Electromagnetic waves||Module 3|
|12-Feb||Electromagnetic radiation||Module 4|
|19-Feb||Electrodynamics and relativity||Module 5|
|26-Feb||Fundamental assumptions of QM, Postulates||Module 6|
|5-Mar||One-dimensional eigenvalue problems||Module 7|
|19-Mar||Angular momentum and spin||Module 8|
|26-Mar||Three-dimensional eigenvalue problems||Module 9|
|2-Apr||Approximation methods (time-independent)||Module 10|
|9-Apr||Approximation methods (time dependent)||Module 11|
|16-Apr||Identical particles||Module 12|
The Web-based material is divided into 13 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