Physics exam topics

  • Section A
    1. Inertial frames of reference; Galilean and Lorentz transformations
    2. Formulations of classical mechanics
    3. Symmetries and constants of motion
    4. The two-body problem
  • Section B
    1. Maxwell’s equations and the electric and magnetic properties of matter
    2. Electromagnetic waves
    3. Principles of thermodynamics
    4. Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
  • Section C
    1. The Schrödinger equation and the interpretation of the wave function
    2. Observables in quantum mechanics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
    3. Quantum description of the hydrogen atom
    4. Symmetries in Quantum Theory