Written Prelim Exam
Notice: The January 2020 prelim exam is scheduled for Friday, January 3 and Monday, January 6 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on both days. The exam will be given in room 254. These dates are subject to change in the event of a conflict with important UGA events.
The Written Exam will be offered two times a year, once in January (usually on the first Monday and Tuesday following New Year's Day) and once in August (on the Thursday and Friday preceding the first day of classes). The student will be given a total of 8 hours (4 each day) to complete the exam which will consist of 10 problems (5 each day) covering material ranging from introductory calculus-based physics to advanced topics in a typical student's undergraduate physics education (example tests are available). Students will be given four chances to pass the written exam.
- Total 4 chances to pass
- The exam must be taken by incoming students before they begin classes if they have had the necessary undergraduate preparation.
- 10 questions over 2-days (5 questions each)
- 1st day : Classical Mechanics (PHYS 4101 & PHYS 4102), Electricity & Magnetism Theory (PHYS 4201 & PHYS4202), and Optics (PHYS 3330)
- 2nd day : Modern Physics (PHYS 3700), Quantum Physics (PHYS 4701 & PHYS4702), and Thermodynamics (PHYS 4300)
- Passing scores are based on successfully completing at least 3 of the 5 problems on a given day. If a particular day is passed on a given attempt, it does not have to be retaken the next semester.
- A maximum total of 4 attempts is permitted for each student for each day of the written exam.
- Grading policy: Three faculty members will grade the same exam individually. Then, the three scores will be taken into account (average, mean, or median) to produce the final score. Identities of students will be hidden to the exam committee. Graduate coordinator will produce a set of prelim exam IDs for all students taking a prelim exam in a given semester and advise students to use only those prelim exam IDs.
List of suggested books
- Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
- Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Taylor, Zafiratos, and Dubson
- Introduction to Classical Mechanics With Problems and Solutions by Morin
- Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths
- An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Schroeder
These books are available in the department office. Students can check them out from the department staff.