Grad school, Year One.

new state, new friends, new hobbies.


The first year of the Physics PhD at UC Davis formally consists of classes filling out the four major branches of physics: Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Mechanics. These classes culminate in the Preliminary Exam, or Prelim, a four-day written test spanning all mainstream physics.

These newsletters mostly summarize the new friends and new lifestyle as a freshly-minted PhD student.