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

24-Jan | Introduction | |

30-Jan | Transient and AC circuits | Module 1 |

7-Feb | More advanced electrostatics | Module 2 |

14-Feb | Harmonic oscillator and central potentials in QM | Module 3 |

21-Feb | Maxwell's equations | Module 4 |

28-Feb | Time-independent approximations in QM | Module 5 |

7-Mar | Review | |

21-Mar | Lagrange multipliers, scattering | Module 6 |

28-Mar | Time-dependent approximations | Module 7 |

4-Apr | Addition of angular momentum, EM waves | Module 8 |

11-Apr | Producing electromagnetic radiation | Module 9 |

18-Apr | Relativistic E&M | Module 10 |

25-Apr | Identical particles, partial wave scattering | Module 11 |

2-May | 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