GRE Physics Test

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 1/20/2010
  • Publisher: Research & Education Assn
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Author Biography

About the Authors  
Dr. Joseph Molitoris is a professor of Physics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania,
where he teaches introductory and advanced physics. His teaching responsibilities include courses in General Physics, Modern Physics, Mechanics, Advanced Mechanics, Statistical Physics, and Nuclear Physics. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Dr. Molitoris went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of
North Florida. He was awarded a doctorate in Physics from Michigan State University. His post-doctoral work was performed as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Hasan Fakhruddin is Instructor of Physics at The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and
Humanities In Muncie, Indiana where he teaches Modern Physics and Advanced Optics. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Math from the University of Bombay
in Mumbai, India, Mr. Fakhruddin went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He has written physics questions for The College Board and Educational Testing Service and participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange. 


About the Book and TestWare®
This book provides an accurate and complete representation of the GRE Physics Subject Test. The
four practice exams and review section are based on the format of the most recently administered GRE Physics Test. Each exam is two hours and fifty minutes in length and includes every type of question that can be expected on the actual exam. Following each exam is an answer key, complete with detailed explanations designed to clarify the material for the student. Take the two practice tests on CD-ROM first These will give you a good sense of the areas that require the most review. By studying the review section, completing all four exams in the book, and studying the explanations that follow, students can discover their strengths and weaknesses and thereby become well prepared for the actual exam. About the Test
The GRE Physics Test is offered three times a year by the Educational Testing Service, under the
direction of the Graduate Record Examinations Board. Applicants for graduate school submit GRE test results together with other undergraduate records as part of the highly competitive admission process to graduate school. The GRE tests are intended to provide the graduate school admissions committee with a means of evaluating your competence in certain subject areas. Scores on the test are intended to indicate mastery of the subject matter emphasized in an undergraduate program.
The test consists of about 100 multiple-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on such materials as diagrams, experimental data, graphs, and descriptions of physical situations. Emphasis is placed on the ability to grasp fundamental principles of physics as well as the ability to apply these principles. Most test questions can be answered on the basis of a mastery of the first three years of undergraduate physics. Emphasis is placed on the following major areas of physics and occur in the percentages indicated. These percentages reflect the relative emphasis placed on these topics in most undergraduate curricula.
1. Fundamentals of electromagnetism, including Maxwell’s equations (18%)
2. Classical mechanics (20%)
3. Atomic physics (10%)
4. Quantum mechanics (12%)
5. Physical optics and wave phenomena (9%)
6. Special relativity (6%)
7. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics (10%)
8. Laboratory methods (6%)
9. Advanced topics: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, solid state physics, nuclear and particle
physics, and miscellaneous (9%)

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Our TestWare® can be adapted to accomodate your time extension. This allows you to
practice under the same extended-time accomodations that you will receive on the actual test
day. To customize your TestWare® to suit the most common extensions, visit our website atwww.rea.com/ssd. About the Subject Review
The subject review in this book is designed to further your understanding of the test material. It includes techniques you can use to enhance your knowledge of physics and to earn higher scores on the exam. The review includes extensive discussions and examples to refresh your knowledge. Topics covered in the review are:
Classical Mechanics
• Vectors
• Linear Motion
• Two-Dimensional Motion
• Newton’s Laws
• Momentum
• Energy and Work
• Harmonic Motion
• Collisions
• Lagrangian Mechanics
• Electric Fields
• Capacitors
• Current and Resistance
• Circuits
• Magnetism
• Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
Atomic Physics
• Rutherford Scattering
• Atomic Spectra
• The Bohr Atom
• The Laser
• Temperature
• Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
• Heat Capacity, Specific Heat, and CP
• Heat of Vaporization and Heat of Fusion
• Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
• Heat, Work, and the Laws of Thermodynamics
• Entropy
Quantum Mechanics
• Wave Functions and Equations
• Schrödinger’s Equation
• Potential Wells and Energy Levels
• Harmonic Oscillator
• Reflection and Transmission by a Barrier
Special Relativity
• Time Dilation and Length Contraction
• Dynamics
• Lorentz Transformations
Optics and Wave Phenomena
• Mechanical Waves
• Ray Optics
• Thin Lenses
• Interference
• Diffraction Scoring the Exam
Two types of scores are obtained from your results on the GRE Physics examination: a raw score and
a scaled score. The raw score is determined first and is then converted into the scaled score.
It is important to note that the raw score can vary slightly and still result in the same scaled score.
This is because various forms of the test may be administered. For more information on scoring, please visit the official GRE Web site at www.gre.org.

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