The exam is taken at the start of the second year after taking the six core courses in year one. Its purpose is to evaluate whether a student’s understanding of fundamental general physics is adequate for success in independent physics research.

Physics

To prepare for the comprehensive examination:

- Fetter and Walecka,
*Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua* - Goldstein, Poole and Safko,
*Classical Mechanics* - Landau and Lifshitz, Mechanics
- Symon,
*Mechanics*

- Fowles and Cassiday,
*Analytical Mechanics* - Marion and Thornton,
*Classical Dynamics*

- Jackson,
*Classical Electrodynamics* - Landau, Lifshitz, and Pitaevskii,
*Electrodynamics of Continuous Media*

- Griffiths,
*Introduction to Electrodynamics* - Purcell,
*Electricity and Magnetism*

- Huang,
*Statistical Mechanics* - Kardar,
*Statistical Physics of Particles* - Landau and Lifshitz,
*Statistical Physics, Part 1* - Pathria and Beale,
*Statistical Mechanics*

- Kittel and Kroemer,
*Thermal Physics* - Reif,
*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics* - Schroeder,
*An Introduction to Thermal Physics*

- Baym,
*Lectures on Quantum Mechanics* - Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe,
*Quantum Mechanics* - Landau and Lifshitz,
*Quantum Mechanics* - Sakurai and Napolitano,
*Modern Quantum Mechanics* - Shankar,
*Principles of Quantum Mechanics*

- Gasiorowicz,
*Quantum Physics* - Griffiths,
*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*

- Newbury, Ruhl, Staggs, Thorsett, and Newman,
*Princeton Problems in Physics with Solutions* - Cronin, Greenberg and Telegdi,
*University of Chicago Problems in Physics with Solutions*