Physics Exercises

This book is meant to be a comprehensive collection of exercises for all areas generally found in undergraduate physics. Often times textbooks offer few exercises and only give solutions to even or odd numbered problems. This book will offer problems both for applied situations and those of a theoretical nature.

Following organization will be followed in the book:

  • The prerequisite mathematics and physics with be listed above each set of problems in a given category. For example if the category is Classical Mechanics there will be a set of problems for those with no calculus background, under that there will be a group of problems for people with a calculus background, under that there will be some that require an understanding of ODE, and so on.
  • Difficult questions will be marked by a fixed notation (tentatively, D preceding the question).
  • The solutions to all problems will be given with complete details, in a separate page (see: Kinematics in One Dimension) so that the student will have a chance to work out the problem before glancing the solution.
  • The categories will include these and others: Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Relativity, Optics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Fluids, and Statistical Mechanics.
  • At the end of the book there will be a list of constants, greek letters, and mathematical tables (trig, derivatives, etc.).

Classical Mechanics

  1. Kinematics in One Dimension  
  2. Kinematics in 2-3 Dimensions  
  3. Rotational Kinematics
  4. Conservation of Linear Momentum
  5. Conservation of Angular Momentum
  6. Conservation of Energy
  7. Forces
  8. Torques
  9. Dynamics
  10. Oscillations
  11. Equilibria
  12. Gravity
  13. Vibrations and Sound
  14. Strength of Materials

Electricity and Magnetism

  1. Electrostatics
  2. Magnetostatics
  3. Currents
  4. Maxwell's Equations
  5. Induced Current
  6. Circuits
  7. Charge Oscillations
  8. Magnetic Materials
  9. Electromagnetic Waves
  10. Feynman's Paradox


  1. Electromagnetic Waves
  2. Mirrors
  3. Lenses


  1. Linear Expansion
  2. Volumetric Expansion
  3. Ideal Gas Law
  4. Heat Engines
  5. Received Heat

Nuclear and Particle Physics


Quantum Mechanics


  1. Hydrometers
  2. Specific Gravity
  3. Surface Tension

Statistical Mechanics

  1. Blackbody radiation


  1. Greek Alphabet  
  2. Trig Tables  
  3. Derivative Table
  4. Integral Table
  5. Fundamental Constants
  6. Additional Resources