Diagnostic Examination Study Guide
This examination is based on undergraduate-level material. The purpose of the exam is to help gauge, in combination with the student’s application material, the student’s familiarity with undergraduate-level classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. All four subjects are taken on one day in two three-hour sittings (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) during the Orientation week before the beginning of the first fall semester. If deficiencies are found, the first-year adviser may recommend a course of action (e.g., enrollment in a relevant undergraduate class and/or independent reading) to remedy those deficiencies.
- Diagnostic exam in quantum mechanics and electricity/magnetism (Download)
- Diagnostic exam in classical mechanics and statistical physics (Download)
- Other diagnostic problems which may or may not appear on future exams (Download)
Listed below are topics that may be covered by the exam problems and reference books that cover this material at the level of the exam (unless otherwise specified). Another good book to use for practice is J. A. Cronin, et al., University of Chicago, Graduate Problems in Physics with Solutions.