Physics 990    GRE Preparation

Instructor:  Savdeep Sethi

Useful Texts:  

Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
Physics by Ohanion
Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton
Quantum Physics by Eisberg and Resnick

If you have not seen Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, there are some
good texts
at roughly the right level:

Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Reif
Thermal Physics by
Kittel and Kroemer

Location & Time:  W 5:30-6:30 (tentative) in KPTC 105

First meeting October 6.     Exam date: November 13.

Teaching Assistant: Jon Van Schelt

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Although the GRE Physics exam is not a good indicator of future success
in research, it can play an important role in the graduate admissions
decision at many Physics departments.

The goal of this very informal course will be to help you improve your performance
on the exam. The exam primarily covers Freshman level physics and there will
be some review of that material. Most of the review is your responsibility and
we hope you will have already started serious review over the summer.

The course will cover a variety of techniques which are useful in test taking
situations; for example, making quick estimates, taking limits, answer analysis
and the critical skill of dimensional analysis! We will use earlier GRE exams to
demonstrate these techniques.

In addition, a few practice exams will be administered under realistic test taking
conditions before the actual exam.


Make sure you register for the exam early!

There are a limited number of spaces available close to the University. You
want to minimize the need to travel for the test.

Additional Information: 

The official GRE website can be reached here.   

Googling "physics GRE" will give you lots of websites including support groups,
physics department web sites and access to various kinds of statistics on the
physics GRE. Some of this might be useful or interesting.

Score Reporting: you will be asked to report the results of all three practice
exams and your real GRE score. This information will be kept confidential.