Qualifying Exam


2019-20 Qualifying Exam Dates 

Each Fall and Spring semester, the exam will take place the weekday before classes start. 

Fall 2019: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Spring 2020: Friday, January 17th, 2020

Qualifying Exam Info

Structure, Topics, Preperation, Grading, Retakes, and the Appeal Process can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook (INSERT LINK)

Qualifying Exam Preparation: Typical Textbooks

207/208 or 247/248 level:

  • Physics: Principles and Applications by Giancoli
    University Physics by Bauer and Westfall
    Physics by Resnick, Halliday, and Krane

241/249 level:

  • Modern Physics by Tipler
    Modern Physics by Krane
    Modern Physics by Harris

311 level:

  • Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thornton
    Classical Mechanics by Taylor
    Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective by Barger and Olsson

322 level:

  • Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths
    Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell
    Classical Electricity and Magnetism: A Contemporary Perspective by Barger and Olsson

415 level:

  • Thermal Physics by Kittel
    Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Reif
    An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Schroeder

448/449/531 level:

  • Quantum Physics by Gasiorowicz
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths
    Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles by Eisberg and Resnick
    A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics by Townsend


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