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Monicka1991
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Postby Monicka1991 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:00 pm

Hello!! I am Doing BE(ECE) 2 nd year...and so i dont know deeply about physics gre subjects..Can anyone recommend me any good books...And does anyone know the physics gre exam dates in india and location(preferably tamilnadu) :)

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Re: Help

Postby bfollinprm » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:33 pm

Try this book:

http://www.amazon.com/000-Solved-Problems-Physics-Schaums/dp/0070257345
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EDIT: This book, combined with the four released tests, should give a 990 if you have the time and will. It's really menial though, so I never got through it (it's really just putting off the inevitable though, I'll probably do them for my prelims).

EDIT2: If you really want to learn the material, you should work through the following:

Halladay's intro book: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Physics-David-Halliday/dp/0471216437
Griffith's E&M: http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Electrodynamics-3rd-David-Griffiths/dp/013805326X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302544059&sr=1-1
Griffith's Quantum: http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Quantum-Mechanics-David-Griffiths/dp/0131118927/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302544059&sr=1-2
Baierlein's Thermal Physics: http://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Physics-Ralph-Baierlein/dp/0521658381/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302544109&sr=1-3

Most of this is pretty unnecessary though, and you probably already know the thermo.
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HappyQuark
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Re: Help

Postby HappyQuark » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:36 pm

Monicka1991 wrote:Hello!! I am Doing BE(ECE) 2 nd year...and so i dont know deeply about physics gre subjects..Can anyone recommend me any good books...And does anyone know the physics gre exam dates in india and location(preferably tamilnadu) :)


Here's a really helpful link: http://tinyurl.com/3s3hdms

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Re: Help

Postby physicsworks » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:37 pm

The best way to prepare for the PGRE is to solve problems. There are 4 practice tests. Take a look at this. Answers available here. Center dates
P.S. do not buy this book
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Re: Help

Postby sphy » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:10 pm

Monicka1991 wrote:Hello!! I am Doing BE(ECE) 2 nd year...and so i dont know deeply about physics gre subjects..Can anyone recommend me any good books...And does anyone know the physics gre exam dates in india and location(preferably tamilnadu) :)

It's not exam dateS. :wink: That sucks because we (in India) have only one test date that is only in the month of November. And if you miss then you have to wait for one more year or go the nearest countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. I think Chennai has one center for the PGRE test.

And Gen GRE is year around and Chennai has one center.

Hope you have the book lists by now.
All the best.

P.S. : The other test dates being April and October.

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Re: Help

Postby Monicka1991 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:24 am

Thanks a lot for your help :)
:)

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Re: Help

Postby WhoaNonstop » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:54 am

HappyQuark wrote:
Monicka1991 wrote:Hello!! I am Doing BE(ECE) 2 nd year...and so i dont know deeply about physics gre subjects..Can anyone recommend me any good books...And does anyone know the physics gre exam dates in india and location(preferably tamilnadu) :)


Here's a really helpful link: http://tinyurl.com/3s3hdms


This is awesome! Now I have a quick way to respond to 90% of the posts on here about this kind of stuff.

-Riley

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Re: Help

Postby tady » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:14 am

I love it! The epitome of being a lazy 'merican.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/04/miller

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Re: Help

Postby bfollinprm » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:20 am

WhoaNonstop wrote:
HappyQuark wrote:
Monicka1991 wrote:Hello!! I am Doing BE(ECE) 2 nd year...and so i dont know deeply about physics gre subjects..Can anyone recommend me any good books...And does anyone know the physics gre exam dates in india and location(preferably tamilnadu) :)


Here's a really helpful link: http://tinyurl.com/3s3hdms


This is awesome! Now I have a quick way to respond to 90% of the posts on here about this kind of stuff.

-Riley


I'd agree, except this time google gives what is widely considered the wrong answer:

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Re: Help

Postby HappyQuark » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:24 pm

bfollinprm wrote:
WhoaNonstop wrote:
HappyQuark wrote:
Here's a really helpful link: http://tinyurl.com/3s3hdms


This is awesome! Now I have a quick way to respond to 90% of the posts on here about this kind of stuff.

-Riley


I'd agree, except this time google gives what is widely considered the wrong answer:

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You are just perpetuating more bad habits. The entire point of "Let me google that for you" is to convey that by posting the question to a forum rather do their own search, they are being lazy.

If you type "Physics GRE Textbooks" into Google and it kicks back the infamous evil purple nightmare and you immediately assume that this first result is the best result, you clearly don't understand how to properly use a search engine.

For example, in the query I used "Physics GRE Textbooks", you can go down to the first unique result, after the Amazon.com links and you'll find the writer say

"I would not recommend Tribble's Princeton Guide to Advanced Physics or GRE Physics by REA. They both present a list of equations and formulas with little context. This might be useful if the both books weren't full of mistakes. The REA book also contains 4 practice tests which are unrepresentative of the real test and therefore useless."

Go down a few more to this link and you'll find the person says the following,

"It’s really important so I’ll repeat it: the practice exams should be the centerpiece of your studying. Do not waste any time on any other GRE Physics test prep material, and certainly not the error-ridden REA book that’s not quite like the exam anyway."

Meanwhile, Google links to the PhysicsGRE thread in which a significant amount of discussion goes on about which books are good and bad.

And besides, if you go look at the rating of the purple REA book you'll find that it is rated 1.5 stars out of approximately 50 reviews. In order for this Google search to lead you in the wrong direction you would have to see it's first search result and immediately commit to it without even the slightest bit of research.




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