Part I. Classical MechanicsThe Classical Mechanics (CM) Preliminary Exam will test basic concepts of classical mechanics and related applications to physical problems. The exam will cover both (i) material presented in PHY 5320 (the first semester of graduate CM at Baylor) and (ii) material generally presented at the undergraduate level. The topics that may be covered in the exam are given in the list below.
The graduate level at which these topics will be covered is on par with Goldstein, Poole & Safko's
Part II. Quantum MechanicsThe Quantum Mechanics (QM) Preliminary Exam will test basic concepts of quantum mechanics and related applications to physical problems. The exam will cover both (i) material presented in PHY 5370-5371 (the full year of graduate QM at Baylor) and (ii) material generally presented at the undergraduate level. The topics that may be covered in the exam are given in the list below.
The graduate level at which these topics will be covered is on par with Sakurai's
Part III. Electricity and MagnetismThe Electricity & Magnetism (E&M) Preliminary Exam will test basic concepts of electromagnetics and related applications to physical problems. The exam will cover both (i) material presented in PHY 5330 (the first semester of graduate E&M at Baylor) and (ii) material generally presented at the undergraduate level. The topics that may be covered in the exam are given in the list below.
At the graduate level, problems will be based at the level of Jackson's Most undergraduate textbooks use the MKS (SI) system while graduate-level texts use the Gaussian system. You are expected to know the difference between the two systems; however, you are free to use the formulas in either system of units.
Part IV. Statistical Mechanics & Mathematical PhysicsThe Statistical Mechanics section of Part IV of the Preliminary Exam will test basic concepts of statistical mechanics and thermal physics. The exam will cover both (i) material presented in PHY 5340 (graduate Statistical Mechanics at Baylor) and (ii) material generally presented at the undergraduate level. The topics that may be covered in the exam are given in the list below.
The graduate level at which these topics will be covered is on par with Pathria's
First order and critical phase transitions
Kinetic Theory
The Mathematical Physics section of Part IV of the Preliminary Exam will test basic concepts of mathematical physics at the level of
Vectors, Matrices, and Coordinates
Functions of a Complex Variable
Fourier Series
Integral Transforms
Linear Differential Equations of Second Order
Partial Differential Equations
Green Functions |