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PhysicsTest
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SubjectTests Thetestconsistsofapproximately100five-choicequestions,someofwhich
aregroupedinsetsandbasedonsuchmaterialsasdiagrams,graphs,
AbouttheTests experimentaldataanddescriptionsofphysicalsituations.
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ContentSpecifications
1.CLASSICALMECHANICS20%
(suchaskinematics,Newton'slaws,workandenergy,oscillatorymotion,
rotationalmotionaboutafixedaxis,dynamicsofsystemsofparticles,central
forcesandcelestialmechanics,three-dimensionalparticledynamics,
LagrangianandHamiltonianformalism,noninertialreferenceframes,
elementarytopicsinfluiddynamics)
2.ELECTROMAGNETISM18%
(suchaselectrostatics,currentsandDCcircuits,magneticfieldsinfreespace,
Lorentzforce,induction,Maxwell'sequationsandtheirapplications,
electromagneticwaves,ACcircuits,magneticandelectricfieldsinmatter)
3.OPTICSANDWAVEPHENOMENA9%
(suchaswaveproperties,superposition,interference,diffraction,geometrical
optics,polarization,Dopplereffect)
4.THERMODYNAMICSANDSTATISTICALMECHANICS10%
(suchasthelawsofthermodynamics,thermodynamicprocesses,equationsof
state,idealgases,kinetictheory,ensembles,statisticalconceptsand
calculationofthermodynamicquantities,thermalexpansionandheat
transfer)
5.QUANTUMMECHANICS12%
(suchasfundamentalconcepts,solutionsoftheSchrdingerequation
(includingsquarewells,harmonicoscillators,andhydrogenicatoms),spin,
angularmomentum,wavefunctionsymmetry,elementaryperturbation
theory)
6.ATOMICPHYSICS10%
(suchaspropertiesofelectrons,Bohrmodel,energyquantization,atomic
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structure,atomicspectra,selectionrules,black-bodyradiation,x-rays,atoms
inelectricandmagneticfields)
7.SPECIALRELATIVITY6%
(suchasintroductoryconcepts,timedilation,lengthcontraction,simultaneity,
energyandmomentum,four-vectorsandLorentztransformation,velocity
addition)
8.LABORATORYMETHODS6%
(suchasdataanderroranalysis,electronics,instrumentation,radiation
detection,countingstatistics,interactionofchargedparticleswithmatter,
lasersandopticalinterferometers,dimensionalanalysis,fundamental
applicationsofprobabilityandstatistics)
9.SPECIALIZEDTOPICS9%
NuclearandParticlephysics(e.g.,nuclearproperties,radioactivedecay,fission
andfusion,reactions,fundamentalpropertiesofelementaryparticles),
CondensedMatter(e.g.,crystalstructure,x-raydiffraction,thermalproperties,
electrontheoryofmetals,semiconductors,superconductors),Miscellaneous
(e.g.,astrophysics,mathematicalmethods,computerapplications)

Thosetakingthetestshouldbefamiliarwithcertainmathematicalmethodsand
theirapplicationsinphysics.Suchmathematicalmethodsincludesingleand
multivariatecalculus,coordinatesystems(rectangular,cylindricalandspherical),
vectoralgebraandvectordifferentialoperators,Fourierseries,partialdifferential
equations,boundaryvalueproblems,matricesanddeterminants,andfunctionsof
complexvariables.Thesemethodsmayappearinthetestinthecontextofvarious
contentcategoriesaswellasoccasionalquestionsconcerningonlymathematicsin
thespecializedtopicscategoryabove.

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