The Qualifying Exam (Quals) is taken by all graduate students without exception before they begin research for the PhD and after no more than one term of residence. The exam consists of a written exam given over three days followed by an oral interview with a committee of three faculty members. The exam is usually given in January, before the start of classes. The exam is intended to test the student's knowledge of undergraduate physics and is usually taken during the student's first year. The exam also serves as a diagnostic tool to identify weaknesses in a student's physics preparation.

## EXAM LEVEL:

The Quals is a test of undergraduate level physics. It covers: Classical Physics (Mechanics, E&M), Modern Physics (formal Quantum Mechanics, applied Quantum Mechanics, and Relativity), and General Physics (Thermodynamics, Optics, HEP, Nuclear, Astro, Atomic, Condensed Matter).

**that the actual quals problems are not limited to topics covered in these texts or by this list.**We also encourage the ambitious student to consult a wider range of references than given by this list.

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**2014 Quals Exam:**

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**2012 Quals Exam:**

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**2011 Quals Exam:**

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**2010 Quals Exam:**

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**2009 Quals Exam:**

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Section 2: Electricity, Magnetism & Electrodynamics

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Section 5: General Physics Part I

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**2008 Quals Exam:**

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**2007 Quals Exam:**

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