How many problems are there in Irodov
Graduated Physics Problems Books
I had to brush up my physics for college and university students and was wondering if anyone could recommend books or lecture notes (hard copy or online) that also offer solutions.
Two that I came across are:
Princeton Problems in Physics with Solutions - Nathan Newbury
University of Chicago graduate problems in physics with solutions - Jeremiah A. Cronin
Space-time physics - Taylor & Wheeler (favorite book on special relativity; has many problems with solutions on the back; many problems really enforce the material and discuss paradoxes)
If possible, please include a reason why you like the books instead of just listing them.
(I have a suggestion to make this question a CW.)
General physics : (early elementary and intermediate level)
- Problems in Physics IE Irodov - (Highly Recommended)
- Problems in Physics SS Krotov - (Again highly recommended, but out of print)
- Physics Olympics Books - (I haven't read but seen some Olympics problems)
- Physics by example (like this book much, lower undergrad)
- Feynman's tips on physics (exercises for the famous lectures)
General Qualifying Exam Books: The following books are part of a series devoted to American university qualifying exams and contain a large compilation of problems of all levels. Others in the series include mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and solid state physics. Unlike other sets of exercises for qualifiers (like Princeton or Chicago Problems, or the ones below), they are not an excuse for economy and include so many problems from all levels for each subtopic.
Another good book I recently read for my exam is the two volumes: A Guide to Physics Problems (Part 2 has some relatively simple but interesting problems. I didn't go through the first part, which is much more difficult.)
Thinking Like a Physicist: Physics Problems for Students: I love this book because it promotes a real sense of physical understanding, not just math, but actual physical thinking. I also found the problems challenging and interesting.
Then there is always the MIT Open Course Ware in Phsyics, which offers courses for undergraduate and graduate students with assignments, lecture notes, tests, problems, solutions, etc.
When it comes to questions and issues related to qualifying exams that you are looking for, many universities will post examples of earlier versions online. It's just a matter of the department's website.
Some review / problem set books that I like are:
Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions - Laszalo Mihaly and Michael C. Martin
Quantum Mechanics Problems With Solutions - Gordon Leslie Squires (The reviews are bare bones but I find the questions very good to get you thinking)
Hope that helps. I'm curious what other people will come up with.
"Problem Book on Relativity and Gravitation" - A. Lightman, W. Press, R. Price, S. Teukolsky
The two you have were my favorites.
For the sake of completeness, a few others who have also worked out solutions:
LA Sena, A Collection of Questions and Problems in Physics
Constantinescu, Problems in Quantum Mechanics
Many problems and solutions are available for Caltech's comprehensive course "Applications of Classical Physics": http://www.pma.caltech.edu/Courses/ph136/yr2008/
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