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Unformatted text preview: The GRE Physics Test We invite you to Does your graduate department require or recommend that graduate applicants take the Physics Test offered by the Graduate Record Examinations® Program? Take a Closer Look... This Subject Test can be very useful in distinguishing among candidates whose credentials are otherwise similar. The test measures undergraduate achievement and provides a common yardstick for comparing the qualifications of students from a variety of colleges and universities with different standards. Consider these factors: For more information about this GRE Subject Test, contact the GRE Program: Predictive validity Research has shown that the Physics Test is a better predictor than the GRE General Test of a candidate’s first-year success in a physics graduate program. A combination of a Physics Test score, General Test scores, and undergraduate grade point average increases your ability to predict first-year success in graduate school. Phone: 1-609-683-2846 Fax: 1-609-683-2040 Email: [email protected] Educational Testing Service Rosedale Road Princeton, NJ 08541 Content that reflects today’s curricula The test consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on such materials as diagrams, graphs, experimental data, and descriptions of physical situations. The test content reflects the relative emphases placed on these topics in most undergraduate curricula, as determined by a content representativeness survey. There is increased emphasis on the understanding of fundamental theoretical principles of physics. A summary of test topics can be found on the back of this sheet. Additional information about the test and a full-length practice test are provided FREE with test registration and can be downloaded from the GRE Web site at Developed by leading educators in the field The content and scope of each edition of the test is specified and reviewed by a distinguished team of undergraduate and graduate faculty representing colleges and universities across the country. Visit the GRE Web site at Who develops the GRE Physics Test? Individuals who currently serve or have recently served on the Committee of Examiners include: N. EUGENE BICKERS University of Southern California JEFFREY S. DUNHAM Middlebury College ALEX R. DZIERBA Indiana University MARY E. MOGGE California State Polytechnic University BENNIE F. L. WARD University of Tennessee KATHERINE M. WHATLEY University of North Carolina at Asheville Committee members are selected with the advice of the American Association of Physics Teachers and The American Physical Society. Test questions are written by committee members and by other subject-matter specialists from ETS and colleges and universities across the country. Test Content 1. CLASSICAL MECHANICS (20%) (such as kinematics, Newton’s laws, work and energy, oscillatory motion, rotational motion about a fixed axis, dynamics of systems of particles, central forces and celestial mechanics, three-dimensional particle dynamics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, non-inertial reference frames, elementary topics in fluid dynamics) 2. ELECTROMAGNETISM (18%) (such as electrostatics, currents and DC circuits, magnetic fields in free space, Lorentz force, induction, Maxwell’s equations and their applications, electromagnetic waves, AC circuits, magnetic and electric fields in matter) 3. OPTICS AND WAVE PHENOMENA (9%) (such as wave properties, superposition, interference, diffraction, geometrical optics, polarization, Doppler effect) 4. THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS (10%) (such as the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic processes, equations of state, ideal gases, kinetic theory, ensembles, statistical concepts and calculation of thermodynamic quantities, thermal expansion and heat transfer) 5. QUANTUM MECHANICS (12%) (such as fundamental concepts, solutions of the Schrödinger equation (including square wells, harmonic oscillators, and hydrogenic atoms), spin, angular momentum, wave function symmetry, elementary perturbation theory) 6. ATOMIC PHYSICS (10%) (such as properties of electrons, Bohr model, energy quantization, atomic structure, atomic spectra, selection rules, blackbody radiation, x-rays, atoms in electric and magnetic fields) 7. SPECIAL RELATIVITY (6%) (such as introductory concepts, time dilation, length contraction, simultaneity, energy and momentum, four-vectors and Lorentz transformation, velocity addition) 8. LABORATORY METHODS (6%) (such as data and error analysis, electronics, instrumentation, radiation detection, counting statistics, interaction of charged particles with matter, lasers and optical interferometers, dimensional analysis, fundamental applications of probability and statistics) 9. SPECIALIZED TOPICS (9%) Nuclear and Particle physics (such as nuclear properties, radioactive decay, fission and fusion, reactions, fundamental properties of elementary particles), Condensed Matter (such as crystal structure, x-ray diffraction, thermal properties, electron theory of metals, semiconductors, superconductors), Miscellaneous (such as astrophysics, mathematical methods, computer applications) EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE, ETS, the ETS logos, GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS, and GRE are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service. Copyright © 2003 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved. ® 54719-15263 ...
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