Physics Qualifying Exam at UIC

Questions and Solutions

The solution sets, neither complete nor perfect, are draft versions for a quick reference purpose. Sometimes they were written before the questions were finalized, so the question and the solution may not match. Use with caution.

2004 (Spring)

Electrodynamics [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Statistical Mechanics [Questions & Solutions]

2005 (Spring)

Electrodynamics [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2006 (Spring)

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2007 (Spring)

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2008 (Spring)

The following are 2008 qualifying exams and solutions, please ignore the wrong year indicated on some of the sheets
Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2009 (January)

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2010 (Spring)

The following are 2010 qualifying exams and solutions, please ignore the wrong year indicated on some of the sheets.

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2011 (Spring)

The following are 2011 qualifying exams and solutions, please ignore the wrong year indicated on some of the sheets.

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2012 (Spring)

Note that for the 2012 EM exam the solutions provided are for a longer (draft) version of the final exam. The link under questions is the final version of the problems, the solutions of which can be accessed via the draft version.

Quantum Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]
Classical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]
Electricity and Magnetism [QuestionsSolutions (Draft)]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]

2013 (Spring)

Quantum Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]
Classical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]
Electricity and Magnetism [QuestionsSolutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]

2014 (Spring)

Electricity and Magnetism [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]

2015 (Spring)

Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]
Electricity and Magnetism [QuestionsSolutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [QuestionsSolutions]

2016 (Spring)

Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions,Solutions ]
Electricity and Magnetism [Questions,Solutions ]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions&Solutions ]

2017 (Spring)

Note that for the 2017 QM exam the solutions provided are for a draft version of the final exam. The link under questions is the final version of the problems but the solutions file refers to the draft version of the questions.

Quantum Mechanics [Questions, Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions&Solutions]
Electricity and Magnetism [QuestionsSolutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions&Solutions]

2018 (Spring)

Quantum Mechanics[Questions,Solutions]
Classical Mechanics [Questions,Solutions]
Electricity and Magnetism [Questions,Solutions]
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics [Questions,Solutions]


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