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Research has shown that the Physics Test is a better predictor than the GRE
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The test consists of approximately 100 multiplechoice 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 fulllength practice test
are provided FREE with test registration and can be downloaded from the
GRE Web site at www.gre.org/pracmats. 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 www.gre.org 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 subjectmatter 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, threedimensional
particle dynamics, Lagrangian and
Hamiltonian formalism, noninertial
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, xrays, atoms in electric
and magnetic fields)
7. SPECIAL RELATIVITY (6%) (such as
introductory concepts, time dilation,
length contraction, simultaneity, energy
and momentum, fourvectors 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, xray 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
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2012 for the course PHYSICS 767 taught by Professor Dr.jaouni during the Spring '12 term at Abu Dhabi University.
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