Placement Test for Entering Graduate Students
The material covered includes:
- Basic undergraduate physics at the level of Lea and Burke; Halliday, Resnick and Walker; Serway; or equivalent books. Mastery of this material is required for all TA's.
- Basic undergraduate physics knowledge expected of beginning graduate students. This material includes junior-level mechanics, E&M, and modern physics.
- Basic mathematical techniques used in undergraduate physics. This includes algebra, geometry and trigonometry, calculus, vectors and vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates systems.
- Material required as prerequisite to the core courses in our graduate program (Phys 701, 704, 706, 775, 785).
SFSU graduates entering the Masters program will be expected to take the test.
Please get in touch with one of us (see above) if you have any questions about the test, or any other aspect of our program.