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Comprehensive Exams

UCLA Resources

  • Previous Midterm, Final Exams & Solutions
    • EM (Prof Miao)
    • StM StM2 (Prof. D'Hoker)
    • CM CM2 (Prof. D'Hoker)
    • QM (Prof. Gutperle)
  • 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
Student-solved problems
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
Fall 2015
Exam
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Fall 2014
Department solutions
Department solutions (CCLE link)
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Fall 2013
Department solutions
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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 Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png
Fall 2008 X mark.svg.png[7] X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png Yes check.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png
Spring 2008 X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png Question Mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png
Fall 2007 Yes check.svg.png X mark.svg.png Yes check.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png Yes check.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png X mark.svg.png
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Fall 2005 Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png Yes check.svg.png
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X mark.svg.png = No solution exists Formula sheet
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Question Mark.svg.png = 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

Practice exams (from Chicago, Princeton, Lim, UCLA)
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

Other Useful Resources

Academic Year List of instructors that taught the core courses
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

1A Discussion
Week 1 Solutions
Week 2 Solutions
Week 3 Solutions
Week 4 Solutions
Week 5 Solutions
Week 6 Solutions
Week 7 Solutions
Week 9 Solutions
Week 10 Solutions
Final Review Solutions
1B Discussion
Disc 1 Solutions
Disc 2 Solutions
Disc 3 Solutions
MT1 Review Solutions
Disc 4 Solutions
Disc 5 Solutions
Disc 6 Solutions
Disc 7 Solutions
MT2 Review Solutions
NA NA
1C Discussion
Disc 1 Solutions
Disc 2 Solutions
Disc 3 Solutions
Disc 4 Solutions
MT1 Review Solutions
Disc 5 Solutions
Disc 6 Solutions
Disc 7 Solutions
MT2 Review Solutions
Disc 9 Solutions

References

  1. CCLE
  2. Andrew Forrester's Site, retrieved August 2012
  3. Biritz's Site
  4. DFCD, retrieved August 2012
  5. 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.
  6. For solution, see 221A practice midterm Fall 2013, i.e. pages 104-106 here
  7. Compare Princeton Q3.2
  8. See Fall 2016 QM Question#6 <-- This problem is actually way harder.
  9. EM Lim #1070
  10. CamScanner App in iTunes


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