Konstantin K. Likharev

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Stony Brook University


Essential Graduate Physics

Lecture Notes and Problems


Beta edition

- first released: February 15, 2014

- periodically updated for problem addition and typo correction

- last updated: May 27, 2016


Front Matter

Copyright and License



Versions, Corrections, and Acknowledgments

Solution Request Templates


General Table of Contents

Front Matter merged file


Part CM: Classical Mechanics

CM Table of Contents

CM Chapter 1 Review of Fundamentals

CM Chapter 2 Lagrangian Formalism

CM Chapter 3 A Few Simple Problems

CM Chapter 4 Oscillations

CM Chapter 5 From Oscillations to Waves

CM Chapter 6 Rigid Body Motion

CM Chapter 7 Deformations and Elasticity

CM Chapter 8 Fluid Mechanics

CM Chapter 9 Deterministic Chaos

CM Chapter 10 A Bit More of Analytical Mechanics

CM merged file

Part EM: Classical Electrodynamics

EM Table of Contents

EM Chapter 1 Electric Charge Interaction

EM Chapter 2 Charges and Conductors

EM Chapter 3 Polarization of Dielectrics

EM Chapter 4 DC Currents

EM Chapter 5 Magnetism

EM Chapter 6 Time-Dependent Electromagnetism

EM Chapter 7 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation

EM Chapter 8 Radiation, Scattering, Interference, and Diffraction

EM Chapter 9 Special Relativity

EM Chapter 10 Radiation by Relativistic Charges

EM merged file

Part QM: Quantum Mechanics

QM Table of Contents

QM Chapter 1 Introduction

QM Chapter 2 1D Wave Mechanics

QM Chapter 3 Higher Dimensionality Effects

QM Chapter 4 Bra-ket Formalism

QM Chapter 5 Some Exactly Solvable Problems

QM Chapter 6 Perturbation Theories

QM Chapter 7 Open Quantum Systems

QM Chapter 8 Multiparticle Systems

QM Chapter 9 Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

QM Chapter 10 Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics

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Part SM: Statistical Mechanics

SM Table of Contents

SM Chapter 1 Review of Thermodynamics

SM Chapter 2 Principles of Physical Statistics

SM Chapter 3 Ideal and Not-So-Ideal Gases

SM Chapter 4 Phase Transitions

SM Chapter 5 Fluctuations

SM Chapter 6 Elements of Kinetics

SM merged file



MA: Selected Mathematical Formulas

CA: Selected Physical Constants


A partial list of used sources



EGP merged file (all parts, appendices, and references, ~10 MB)



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