Soon I will be applying to graduate schools. In general, my interests lie in the domain of cosmology/astrophysics--don't know if theoretical or experimental, but I probably don't have the mathematical background for theoretical yet. However, most physics graduate programs do not start until Fall 2009, so I will have a lot of free time until then. I wanted to use this free time to self-study a variety of subjects for the sake of learning and to prepare myself for what lies ahead. My tentative plan is to study a variety of mathematical subjects that I likely will come across in a typical graduate program, because math is the most difficult part in understanding the physics. I would appreciate any feedback on subjects/topics to learn that would help me with these goals. Also feel free to suggest any textbooks that you have used and found to be great learning tools.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

What follows is the tail-end of my current knowledge from recent classes. Based on the content in these courses, I was wondering if it made more sense to continue working through these textbooks, or instead, start working through some graduate texts, like Sakurai (QM) and Jackson (EM) for example.

* completed classical mechanics (Taylor) up through Ch. 8, which includes the Lagrangian formalism and central forces.

* completed E&M (Griffiths) up through Ch. 6.

* completed QM (Griffiths) up through Ch 4, the hydrogen atom and spin.

* completed an undergraduate math physics course.

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# Study plan to prepare for graduate school

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