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Physics on Your Feet: Berkeley Graduate Exam Questions: or Ninety Minutes of Shame but a PhD for the Rest of Your Life!

Dmitry Budker and Alexander O. Sushkov


This book is a collection of questions that were, or could have been, asked at oral examinations at Berkeley. It is a light-hearted, and at the same time serious, exploration of various areas of physics that normally does not require mathematical calculations. To ease the stress, the book is full of amusing illustrations. The problems in the book's eight chapters are devoted to topics from elementary mechanics, fluids, gravitation, cosmology, electromagnetism, optics, and quantum, solid-state, and nuclear physics. They can also be used for the purpose of review of physics and for self-study, a ... More

Keywords: physics, problems, mechanics, fluids, gravitation, electromagnetism, optics, quantum, nuclear, solid-state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dmitry Budker, author
Professor of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, USA, and the Johannes Gutenberg University at Mainz, Germany

Alexander O. Sushkov, author
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, USA