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Conquering the Physics GRE


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Table of Contents

Preface; How to use this book; Resources; 1. Classical mechanics; 2. Electricity and magnetism; 3. Optics and waves; 4. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; 5. Quantum mechanics and atomic physics; 6. Special relativity; 7. Laboratory methods; 8. Specialized topics; 9. Special tips and tricks for the Physics GRE; Sample exams and solutions; References; Equation index; Subject index; Problems index.

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A self-contained guide to the Physics GRE, reviewing all of the topics covered alongside three practice exams with fully worked solutions.

About the Author

Yoni Kahn is a theoretical physicist researching dark matter and supersymmetry. A postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, New Jersey, he obtained his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015 and in 2016 received the American Physical Society's J. J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics. Adam Anderson is an experimental physicist working at the interface between cosmology and particle physics. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015, and is now a Lederman postdoctoral fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, developing instruments for performing precision measurements of the cosmic microwave background.


'I have used Conquering the Physics GRE as a resource for our annual 'Southern California Physics GRE Bootcamp' program for the past few years. Of the various resources I have tried, [this book] has consistently been the most popular and the most effective in helping physics majors prepare for the Physics GRE. It provides the right combination of concept material, exam problem-solving strategies, and practice questions tuned to this particular exam. I would also recommend this book not just for the GRE, but as a general study guide for undergraduate physics courses.' Adam Burgasser, University of California, San Diego
'This gem has become a staple of our course preparing undergraduates for the Physics GRE. The practice exams are even more well matched to the real thing than are the old ETS exams, due to the evolution of the exam. The study sections are unique in their focus on efficiency in problem solving, an important skill not only for the Physics GRE, but for any practicing physicist. My favorite is the chapter on 'Tips and Tricks' - the smallest, but most powerful chapter in the book.' James McLean, State University of New York, Geneseo

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