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Comprehensive Exams
UCLA Resources
- Previous Midterm, Final Exams & Solutions
- Past-year UCLA Comp Problems categorized by topic:
- Past-year UCLA Comp Problem Solution Database
- The table below collects questions and solutions (appended to pdfs)^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} to previous comprehensive exams^{[5]}:
Question Papers & Department Solutions |
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | |
Winter 2022 Department solutions |
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Fall 2021 Department solutions |
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Fall 2020 Department solutions |
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Fall 2019 Department solutions |
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Fall 2018 Department solutions Alternate student solutions |
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Fall 2017 Department solutions Alternate student solutions |
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Fall 2016 Department solutions Alternate student solutions |
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Fall 2015 Exam |
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Fall 2014 Department solutions Department solutions (CCLE link) |
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Fall 2013 Department solutions |
Alt |
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Fall 2012 Department solutions |
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Fall 2011 Department solutions |
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Fall 2010 Department solutions |
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Fall 2009 | ||||||||||||||
Fall 2008 | ^{[7]} | |||||||||||||
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Fall 2007 | ||||||||||||||
Spring 2007 | ||||||||||||||
Fall 2006 | ||||||||||||||
Spring 2006 | ^{[8]} | |||||||||||||
Fall 2005 | ||||||||||||||
Spring 2005 | Alt | Alt | ||||||||||||
Fall 2004 | ||||||||||||||
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Fall 2003 | ||||||||||||||
Spring 2003.pdf | ||||||||||||||
Fall 2002 | * | |||||||||||||
Spring 2002 | ||||||||||||||
Fall 2001 | * | |||||||||||||
Spring 2001 | ^{[9]} | |||||||||||||
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= Crowdsourced |
- To contribute comp solutions, you can scan your answer using the free CamScanner App^{[10]}, email it to yourself as .pdf and then upload it using the "Upload file" link in the left panel of the wiki. To avoid spambots uploading articles on vitamin supplements, you have to click on the link in the top right corner of the wiki and enter JaneBruin followed by gisCip-vypjis-nymme0
- Here is a link to a folder containing two pdfs that are too large for this wiki: One with all UCLA comps (without solutions) and one with all solutions for Fall 2009 until Fall 2014. The folder is visible to anyone at Google Apps for UCLA with the link (click "switching accounts" and then "sign in to another account" with your g.ucla.edu email). If one gets distracted by computers, one could print the more recent half and work with that.
General Resources
- Here is some General Advice from Tom Neiser, a senior grad student.
- Here is a Formula Sheet for training your mind while on the bus or at the gym.
Other Resources
- Problem Books (Amazon.com)
- UCSD Physics PhD Qualifying Exams and Solutions
- UC Davis Preliminary Exam Study Group
- Princeton (school website)
- Princeton Preliminary Exam Wiki
Practice exams (from Chicago, Princeton, Lim, UCLA) | |
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Day 1 | Solutions |
Day 2 | Solutions |
Day 1 | Solutions |
Day 2 | Solutions |
Study Groups
These are self-organized study groups on Facebook which are preparing for the Comprehensive Exam.
Core Course Notes
The following wiki pages are notes based on the four core courses
- Phy221AB - Quantum Mechanics
- Phy220 - Classical Mechanics
- Phy210AB - Electromagnetism
- Phy215A - Statistical Mechanics
Other Useful Resources
Academic Year | List of instructors that taught the core courses | |||
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Phy220 Classical Mechanics |
Phy221AB Quantum Mechanics |
Phy210AB Electromagnetism |
Phy215A Statistical Mechanics | |
2018/19 | Seth Putterman | Rahul Roy | Pietro Musumeci | Eric D'Hoker |
2017/18 | Giovanni Zocchi | Giovanni Zocchi | ||
2016/17 | Eric D'Hoker | Sudip Chakravarty | Troy A. Carter | |
2015/16 | Yaroslav Tserkovnyak | |||
2014/15 | ||||
2013/14 | Seth Putterman | Michael Gutperle | Jianwei (John) Miao | Eric D'Hoker |
2012/13 | Eric D'Hoker | |||
2011/12 | Roberto Peccei & Alex Kusenko |
Teaching
References
- ↑ CCLE
- ↑ Andrew Forrester's Site, retrieved August 2012
- ↑ Biritz's Site
- ↑ DFCD, retrieved August 2012
- ↑ Note that this table trains the keen graduate student for a seamless transition to the more notorious unsolved problems in physics, i.e. every graduate student's last homework set.
- ↑ For solution, see 221A practice midterm Fall 2013, i.e. pages 104-106 here
- ↑ Compare Princeton Q3.2
- ↑ See Fall 2016 QM Question#6 <-- This problem is actually way harder.
- ↑ EM Lim #1070
- ↑ CamScanner App in iTunes