GRE Subject Test: Physics

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The Test. Test. • 100 multiple choice questions. • 170 minutes. l l i l bl. • No computers, calculators, integral tables, ect… • Constants are given as well some hard ...

GRE Subject Test: Physics

Overview • What the test is like. What the test is like • Test Prep • Testing Tips i i

The Test The Test • 100 100 multiple choice questions multiple choice questions • 170 minutes • No computers, calculators, integral tables,  l l i l bl ect… • Constants are given as well some hard to  calculate numbers, i.e. ln(pi)

The Test The Test • • • • • • • • • •

1. CLASSICAL MECHANICS  2. ELECTROMAGNETISM  3. OPTICS AND WAVE PHENOMENA  4 THERMODYNAMICS AND STA 4. THERMODYNAMICS AND STA‐ TISTICAL MECHANICS 5. QUANTUM MECHANICS 5. QUANTUM MECHANICS  6. ATOMIC PHYSICS  7. SPECIAL RELATIVITY  8. LABORATORY METHODS  9. SPECIALIZED TOPICS: 

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The Test The Test • Your Score Your Score – +1 point for right answers, ‐1/4 points for wrong  answers 0 points for blanks answers, 0 points for blanks. – Raw score from 0‐99 – Scaled score from 200‐800 Scaled score from 200‐800

Preparation • Take the practice test. Take the practice test • Take another practice test. • Repeat

Preparation http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/Physi http://www ets org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/Physi cs.pdf http://happyquark.com/2009/02/24/physics‐ gre‐practice‐exams/ i / http://grephysics.net/ans/

Preparation • Dedicate Dedicate as much time as possible to studying. as much time as possible to studying • Get with friends to study together  • When taking a practice exam, treat it as the  h ki i i h real thing.   • Avoid learning entirely new subjects

Tips • Time Time is valuable, don is valuable don’tt waste it day dreaming,  waste it day dreaming using the bathroom, smoking ect… • Do the easy ones first.   Do the easy ones first – First thing after getting the test is to read through  it quickly and immediately answer the ones you it quickly, and immediately answer the ones you  know you know.   – Only then go for the ones you think you know and  Only then go for the ones you think you know and finally progress to the ones that require difficult  calculations

Tips • Its Its often quicker to start with the answer and  often quicker to start with the answer and work backwards – Eliminate those with the wrong units Eliminate those with the wrong units – Eliminate those with the wrong sign or variable  dependence  dependence – Use “back of the envelope” calculations to find  the right order of magnitude the right order of magnitude – Use symmetries – Use common sense Use common sense

Tips • Use Use your resources wisely your resources wisely • Your scratch paper is yours.  Don’t worry  about it making sense to others about it making sense to others. • Don’t memorize questions unless absolutely  necessary. • Guess when appropriate.  

Questions? http://www physicsgre com/ http://www.physicsgre.com/