The exam can be conducted in Polish or in English. It consists of 3 parts:
Part I: A short (10 min) presentation of the applicant’s research experience (such as undergraduate thesis work).
Part II: Presentation of three topics selected (by the exam committee) from the following list:
- Inertial frames of reference; Galilean and Lorentz transformations
- The Lagrange formulation of mechanics
- The Hamiltonian in classical and quantum mechanics
- Symmetries and integrals of motion
- Maxwell equations
- Electromagnetic waves
- Electric and magnetic properties of matter
- The Schrödinger equation and the interpretation of the wave function
- Observables in quantum mechanics; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- Quantum description of the hydrogen atom
- Principles of thermodynamics
- Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
Part III: Presentation of a selected topic related to the future research program (about 20 min). The topic will be sent to the candidate by e-mail two weeks before the exam date.
Each part of the exam is evaluated separately on a scale of A-D. An applicant may be admitted to our Graduate Studies Program if each of the three parts receives at least a C grade.