Physics on Your Feet gives a collection of physics problems covering the broad range of topics in classical and modern physics that were, or could have been, asked at oral PhD exams at Berkeley. The questions are easy to formulate, but some of them can only be answered using an out-of-the-box approach. Detailed solutions are provided, from which the reader is guaranteed to learn a lot about the physicists' way of thinking. The book is also packed full of
cartoons and dry humour to help take the edge off the stress and anxiety surrounding exams. This is a helpful guide to students preparing for their exams, as well as to University lecturers looking for good instructive problems. No exams are necessary to enjoy the book!
Dmitry Budker has been a physics professor at Berkeley since 1995, where he previously was both a PhD student and a post-doc. Since 2014, he is at the Johannes Gutenberg University at Mainz, Germany, and a Section Leader at the Helmoltz Institute, Mainz. Alexander Sushkov, upon passing all the exams and obtaining his PhD from Berkeley in 2006, has been conducting cutting edge research at Yale and Harvard.
1. Mechanics, heat, and general physics ; 2. Fluids ; 3. Gravitation, astrophysics, cosmology ; 4. Electromagnetism ; 5. Optics ; 6. Quantum, atomic, and molecular physics ; 7. Nuclear and elementary-particle physics ; 8. Solid-state physics ; Appendix A: Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic field boundary conditions ; Appendix B: Symbols and useful constants