Qual practice problems

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grae313
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Qual practice problems

Postby grae313 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:57 pm

I'm studying for my Q this summer and I know some schools post past Q exams online for students to practice with. It would be cool to get a bunch of links to practice Q problems all in one place, so if you know of or come across sample Q problems online, post a link here.

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dlenmn
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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby dlenmn » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:05 pm

For what it's worth, UW-Madison's old quals can be found here. Solutions aren't posted, but some are on a wiki somewhere. I'll try to find the link.

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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby pqortic » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:52 am

Here is the Qs of UIC
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

and here from UIUC can be downloaded.

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Helio
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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby Helio » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:27 am

there is this series:

http://www.amazon.com/Problems-Solution ... y_b_text_b

they have nearly all topics. i am not quite sure how good they are. I have the mechanics and QM copy and it helped me with my undergrad stuff, but I heavily depend on examples to learn something

another one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/022612 ... d_i=507846

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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby maxwell200 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:42 pm

Here from U of Virginia are some qual questions worked out for Quantum and E/M, so you can compare your answers with the ones given. The first 10 or so might be too easy, but the second half of Quantum ones and later E/M are fairly tough and should be good practice.

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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby maxwell200 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:42 pm

http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/~db3yp/quals.html

This was the link I was referring to, sorry I forgot to put that in the 1st post.

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Re: Qual practice problems

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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby tau1777 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:13 pm

http://www.phys.psu.edu/graduate/handbook/

Just look to the right of the page. Also, there no solutions that I know of. If you do any of these, please reply on this or another created thread , and we can discuss the answers. Thanks

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Re: Qual practice problems

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Re: Qual practice problems

Postby dlenmn » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:40 am

Here are some solutions to the tests I linked to earlier.




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