Fundamentals of Physics by
Halliday, Resnick and Walker
Physics for Scientists and
Engineers by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and
Quantum Physics by
Eisberg and Resnick
If you have not seen
Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, there are some
good texts at roughly the
Fundamentals of Statistical and
Thermal Physics by Reif
Thermal Physics by Kittel
Time: W 5:30-6:30 (tentative) in KPTC 105
First meeting October 6. Exam date: November 13.
Teaching Assistant: Jon Van Schelt
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
on the exam. The exam primarily covers Freshman level physics and there
be some review of that material. Most of the review is your
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
situations; for example, making quick estimates, taking limits, answer analysis
the critical skill of dimensional analysis! We will use earlier GRE exams to
In addition, a few practice exams will be administered under realistic
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.
The official GRE website can be reached here.
Googling "physics GRE" will give you lots of websites including support
physics department web sites and access to various kinds of statistics on the
Some of this might be useful or interesting.
Score Reporting: you will be asked to report the results of all three
exams and your real GRE score. This information will be kept confidential.