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    Difficulty of question asked in PGRE exam

    Hi friends , I am an electrical engineering student , interested in applying M.S in physics program in Europe . So i have started preparing for this , when i searched the web how to study for PGRE , most effective and common suggestion is go through the recommended books for each subject and...
  2. yeshuamo

    Can I self-study quantum for pGRE?

    I am pushing myself through an accelerated course of undergraduate physics (a number of reasons) and, if all goes well, it looks like I can complete the degree in two years. I have a 4.0 in physics up to this point, so I've seen no indication of my lack of work ethic/aptitude. After that, I...
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    Schools Freaking out - Not sure if I have a shot at grad school

    Hello all, Sorry for the long(ish) post but please bear with me, I've been reading posts in this forum for a while but haven't posted myself before. I have the feeling this sort of thread crops up a lot but I really feel like I need some advice. So I'm applying for masters programs in...
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    PGRE question: angular freq of small oscillations

    Problem from past PGRE: A particle of mass m moves in a one-dimensional potential V(x)=-ax2 + bx4, where a and b are positive constants. The angular frequency of small oscillations about the minima of the potential is equal to: Answer is 2(a/m)1/2. I understand how this is found 'the long...
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    Best materials to prepare for pGRE?

    I intend to take the physics GRE this coming april, and will probably retake it again next year. I want to go to a good grad school, but my gpa isn't stellar (3.5ish), so in order to atone for my sins (so to speak) I want to put a lot of work into getting a stellar grade on the pGRE. However...
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    Schools Submit grad school applications earlier or wait for higher PGRE score?

    I have a GRE score of 6.0 writing, 170 reading, and 168 quantitative, and a 4.0 GPA. I also have 4 semesters of soft matter theory research and 1 summer of particle physics theory research. I'm applying to do theory to many schools, including MIT, SUNY Stony Brook, Stanford, Harvard, UMass...
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    Schools Grad school for the PGRE challenged: How to make my research count?

    Hi guys and gals, first post here, but I've lurked here before but just now registering and posting I'm getting ready to apply for my graduate schools. I'm not sure what exactly I'm seeking, so I want to provide a little background. I've always been a tinkerer, ever since I was young I've...
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    Taking the PGRE twice.

    I have been registered for both the September and October PGRE dates for a while now. It was my original intention to take both and send the better of the two scores, which I presumed would be my second attempt. However I reflected on this a bit more recently and I am considering the possibility...
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    Schools Retake PGRE for 2nd time admission to grad school?

    Hi there, If any people who have sat on grad school admissions committees are lurking out there, I would love to hear your opinion on this: I'm reapplying to grad school for next fall after I took my Masters and left at another institution. I made a right mess of things there; was going...
  10. K

    Doing worse on PGRE second time around?

    I did OK but not good or great on the PGRE last April, so I think I'm going to take it again. However, one thing that concerns me is if I actually do worse (since I took all of my core classes last year and I am rusty). Is there an option that allows me to only send the April score and not my...
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    Mechanical Engineer with a decent pGRE

    Hi all, I've got a question about PhD programs: I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering, good GPA, and have been working for 4 years since. I will have strong rec's and plan to mostly apply to Materials Science and Engineering PhD programs. I did take the pGRE this spring and scored an 850...
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    Take fall semester off to study for PGRE?

    So the way my schedule is looking, I will be finished after a fall semester. Now I want to do an REU during that summer leading into the fall, so I won't really be studying then, which is from what I understand, when most people do their studying for the PGRE. Would it be best to postpone my...
  13. teroenza

    When to NOT answer a PGRE question.

    Hello. I have a quick procedural question about the physics GRE. I know that incorrect answers deduct 1/4 point from your raw score, but I do not understand how questions that are left unanswered affect you. Basically I am trying to understand if I have absolutely no idea how to answer a...
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    Programs PGRE as degree substitute

    Hi Physics Forums, I have a bit of a dilemma because I am 12 credits short of completing my B.S. in Physics, but cannot return to school due to an outstanding balance and an inability to immediately repay it. So, my question is the following: given that I am just 12 credits shy of my...
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    Studying Strategy for studying the PGRE

    I am taking the PGRE in April and started studying for it this winter. I initially took the 2008 test and was struggling. Then I decided to break the test into sections. First studying only the E&M questions, then mechanics, and so on. I figured out how to do most of the problems after working...
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    Schools PGRE - A message to undergrads from physics grad school.

    I recently joined this forum because I wanted to provide a "physics grad student perspective" which I often felt was missing. (This is only possible because I have a little extra time lately; I will soon evaporate back into my research, but while I am here...) American students are not used...
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    Terrible PGRE score. Address this in personal statement?

    So, PGRE scores came in today. I did unbelievably awful. I always test poorly on standard tests, so I'm used to that. But I really don't know what happened here. I did very bad. And I know this isn't a good reflection of my physics background. I've been doing amazing in physics...
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    Another PGRE post: be happy with percentile or retake?

    Hello, I will only be applying to US Grad schools next year (circumstances...), but I took the GRE this year anyway cause there was no real reason not to and it would allow me to take it without too much pressure at the time. So I just got my scores: 980, in the 94-th percentile. From what I...
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    Schools HORRIBLE PGRE score, 4.0 GPA - Grad School a Possibility?

    Hey everyone, I am really nervous about my PGRE score. I scored in the bottom 5%. I am in the National Guard and so I am stuck staying in Texas. I wanted to apply to the condensed matter programs at Texas A&M, UT Austin, and Rice. I attend a state school up in Wisconsin right now. Here are my...
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    Which Halliday-Resnick Physics edition for pGRE prep?

    I'm looking to get a copy of a classic physics text that will serve as good preparation for the elementary subjects on the pgre(mechanics, thermal, optics). I see Griffith's gets recommended a lot for E&M and I've got most of the modern subjects covered, but what edition of Halliday's Physics...
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    Schools PGRE + rec letters, saving grace for foreign students applying to US grad school?

    I recently got back my final marks for the first half of my courses (3rd year physics in Spain) and am getting a little frustrated at the fact that my marks don't reflect the work I've put into them. Grades in my country's system work as follows: "Aprobado" (5.0-6.9/10) "Notable"...
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    PGRE | Michelson Interferometer Equation

    Homework Statement I am having trouble understanding how I would apply the Michelson Interferometer equation to a problem on the PGRE. Here is a link to a diagram displaying the interferometer as well as the equation which is very similar to the way the topic is shown in my REA pgre book...
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    PGRE | Resistor Combination Circuit

    Homework Statement Hello forum, please see the attached image. This problem amounts to finding the equivalent resistance for the circuit and using Ohm's law to solve for the current. Homework Equations V=IR The Attempt at a Solution What I really need help with is learning how...
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    PGRE | Eigenvalue Problem

    Homework Statement The problem amounts to finding the eigenvalues of the matrix |0 1 0| |0 0 1| |1 0 0| (I have no idea how to set up a matrix in the latex format, if anyone can tell me that'd be great) Homework Equations The characteristic equation for this matrix is...
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    PGRE | Positronium Question

    Homework Statement Hello PF, I'm studying for the PGRE and I am having trouble understanding why exactly we use the reduced mass to calculate the energy levels of the positronium atom. Well I think I understand why but I just can't visualize, conceptually, what exactly using the reduced mass...
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    Questions about the PGRE

    Since the start of the semester, I have been preparing for this test. One professor, my de facto advisor, has reminded me repeatedly that, due to my less-than-outstanding GPA of 3.5ish, the PGRE could be my saving grace. While I will end up asking him all these questions, I am interested in...
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    GRE vs pGRE

    Hi all, I'm sure this subject has already been posted before, so please forgive me if this seems like a rehashed post. I know from google searches what the GRE is, but how exactly is it different from a physics GRE? And do I have to take both? I know that probably depends on what grad...
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    My PGRE List

    These are the books that i have decided to study from for my PGRE...Any advice and recommendations are needed..... Fundamentals of Physics : Halliday, Resnick and Walker Introduction To Electrodynamics : David J. Griffiths Introduction To Quantum Mechanics : David J. Griffiths Optics : E...
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    Studying In search of books or textbooks to study for the upcoming PGRE

    Hi, so as many of you who are in 3rd year or so know, the PGRE is coming this October and November.. exciting times.. So from what I have heard, there are barely any exclusively PGRE-prep books.. Hence I look forward to some input on what kind of books (in general) that would be a good idea...
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    A few questions about GRE & PGRE (nothing score related)

    Hello PF, I have some questions regarding the PGRE in particular. 1) I heard most of the questions on the PGRE can be answered with knowledge of the Introductory Physics Sequence (intro mechanics, e&m, thermal, quantum). At the most, you would need to take one intermediate course...
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