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Comprehensive Exam for Quantum Mechanics.

  1. Jul 21, 2013 #1
    So, for our comprehensive exam (MS Physics) we need to answer 4 out of 7 problems. Here are the topics.

    1. Fundamental Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
    2. Wave Mechanics
    3. Angular Momenta
    4. Matrix Mechanics
    5. Harmonic Oscillator
    6. Atoms
    7. Approximation Methods

    So, where do you think should I focus? What possible questions can they give based on these topics?
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  3. Jul 21, 2013 #2
    That's effectively a year, or half year, of quantum mechanics.

    Start with yourself - where do you feel you have the most deficiencies?
  4. Jul 21, 2013 #3
    Well, our test is this coming saturday. What do you think should I study for Matrix Mechanics?
  5. Jul 21, 2013 #4


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    Er.. you're kidding, right?

    Your comp is this Saturday, and ONLY NOW are you figuring out what to study?

  6. Jul 21, 2013 #5
    I am not too sure what advice to give.

    Everything you listed is very important.
  7. Jul 21, 2013 #6

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    Better than waiting until Friday night!
  8. Jul 21, 2013 #7
    I've been reviewing for quite some time now. Don't get me wrong. Well, what I want now is to focus on some topics which most probably would be given in the exam. Thanks
  9. Jul 21, 2013 #8
    The topics you should focus on are probably the topics you're weakest in.

    Can you get your hands on some past exams? What did they ask?
  10. Jul 21, 2013 #9


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    Well, I spent about 4 months solving problems from previous qualifying exams to prepare for mine. QM was 1/3 of the exam, so I'd say if you spent 1.3 months doing problems and getting most of them correct, you'd be almost ready. Asking us a few days before the exam? Now might be a good time to start studying for next year's test.
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