(revised Nov 2023)

## Classical Mechanics

### Recommended Textbooks

- John R Taylor, “Classical Mechanics”
- Hebert Goldstein, “Classical Mechanics”, Chapters 01-06

### Topics

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

- Newton’s Laws
- Conservation laws
- Oscillations
- Central forces
- Lagrangian mechanics
- Rigid body rotations

## Electricity & Magnetism

### Recommended Textbooks

- David J. Griffiths, “Introduction to Electrodynamics”
- Edward M. Purcell, “Electricity & Magnetism”

### Topics

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

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

## 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.