Let's do all the discussion and posting of problems in this thread
Manyfolds wrote:I'm in also. Eowyn, I'm planning to study for the Courant written exams as well and ideally take them in Sept (if I go to NYU).
Mindreader: The schools I am familiar fall into two categories. (Type 1) is that there is a basic exam taken in the first year at some point, and then qualifying exams taken after two years after which the student can do research. (Type 2) omits the first basic exam and just has a qualifying after year 2. Either way, if you take and pass the qualifying upon entry, you can skip to just doing research and you are effectively a third year student. You are typically given a few (~2) opportunities to pass the basic exams, but the sooner the better.
math_applicant wrote:I think this might help. Here is a link to Ohio State's Qualifying exams, they also have links to previous exams in many other universities in one place.
mindreader wrote:I am surprised that many of you are already looking forward to the prelims. Is this because you have taken a lot of graduate courses?
Legendre wrote:But I think the syllabus might differ from school to school. No sure how good it would be to train for the exam of another school.
mohamedun wrote:I would love to join the preparation group too, any thoughts on the organization?
mindreader wrote:Can someone help me clear up the issue? Am I right in saying that the purpose of the preliminary exams is for the PhD candidate to skip the first year graduate courses?
I've never heard of such a thing before. I only know of the qualifying exams... If you fail the prelims, will they kick you out of the program?
Legendre wrote:My department's exams (Analysis, Algebra, Topology) is quite similar to Harvard's syllabus: http://www.math.harvard.edu/quals/index.html
I suppose for USA PhD Math the syllabus for these 3 are roughly the same?
Edit: OSU's syallbus for Analysis and Algebra seems to be based on undergrad syllabus. e.g. no measure theory or lesbegue measure for Analysis. http://www.math.osu.edu/files/QualExamSyllabi.pdf
I believe harvard's is meant to be passed after you have taken the first 2 years of graduate courses (or have taken similar ones at the undergrad level) so if you pass it, you can start doing research directly. At OSU, passing the exams just means you will start taking graduate courses right away (I believe you can skip these by taking individual exemption exams per required courses). I believe OSU's is similar to Berkeley's system.
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