(revised July 2023)

## Classical Mechanics

### Suggested Textbooks

- Recommended textbook: John R Taylor, “Classical Mechanics”
- Suggested additional reading: Fowles & Cassiday, “Analytical Mechanics”

### Topics

- Velocity-dependent and position-dependent forces
- Conservation laws; energy, momentum and angular momentum
- Oscillations: damped, forced and coupled
- Lagrangian mechanics
- Central forces and orbits
- Mechanics in non-inertial frames
- Rigid body rotations

## Electricity & Magnetism

### Suggested Textbooks

- Recommended textbook: David J. Griffiths, “Introduction to Electrodynamics”
- Suggested additional reading: Purcell & Morin, “Electricity & Magnetism”

### Topics

- Electrostatics and magnetostatics
- Electric and magnetic fields in matter
- Conservation laws
- Electromagnetic waves
- Radiation
- Potentials and fields
- Electrodynamics and relativity

## Quantum Mechanics

### Recommended Textbooks

- David J. Griffiths, “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics”
- Stephen G. Gasiorowicz, “Quantum Physics”

### Topics

(each numbered topic will be addressed by at least one question)

- Wave functions; state functions and operators; uncertainty principle.
- The Schrodinger equation: Time-independent and time-dependent.
- The Schrodinger equation: Exactly solvable potentials.
- Angular momentum and spin.
- Hydrogenic atoms.
- Perturbation theory: Time-independent and time-dependent

## Thermodynamics

### Recommended Textbooks

- Kittel & Kroemer, Thermal Physics
- Herbert B. Callen, “Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics”

### Topics

(each numbered topic will be addressed by at least one question)

- Thermodynamics: First and second laws.
- Thermodynamic Potentials.
- Cyclic processes.
- Equilibrium ensembles: Micro-canonical, canonical, and grand-canonical.
- Equilibrium ensembles: Classical and quantum cases.
- Ideal quantum gases and Applications.