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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SAT II: Physics Subject Test is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about physics–only what you'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the SAT II: Physics, we'll teach you how to think like the test writers and
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Overview

The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SAT II: Physics Subject Test is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about physics–only what you'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the SAT II: Physics, we'll teach you how to think like the test writers and
·Dodge the test traps and pitfalls that can cost you points
·Use proven score-raising techniques to break questions down and improve your score
·Use targeted review techniques to crack mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics, modern physics, and other complex topics
This book includes two full-length practice SAT II: Physics Subject Tests. The practice questions are just like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every solution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375762994
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 3/11/2003
  • Series: College Test Prep Series
  • Edition description: 2003-2004 Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction ix
1 VECTORS 1
Defi nition 2
Vector Addition (Geometric) 2
Scalar Multiplication 3
Vector Subtraction (Geometric) 3
Standard Basis Vectors 4
Vector Operations Using Components 5
Basic Trig Review 6
Magnitude of a Vector 8
Direction of a Vector 9
The Dot Product 10
The Cross Product 12
2 KINEMATICS 15
Displacement 16
Speed and Velocity 17
Acceleration 18
Uniformly Accelerated Motion and the Big Five 19
Kinematics with Graphs 21
Free Fall 25
Projectile Motion 27
Chapter 2 Review Questions 30
3 NEWTON'S LAWS 33
The First Law 34
The Second Law 34
The Third Law 34
Weight 35
The Normal Force 37
Friction 37
Pulleys 39
Inclined Planes 42
Uniform Circular Motion 43
Chapter 3 Review Questions 47
4 WORK, ENERGY, AND POWER 49
Work 50
Work Done by a Variable Force 53
Kinetic Energy 54
The Work–Energy Theorem 54
Potential Energy 55
Conservation of Mechanical Energy 56
Power 59
Chapter 4 Review Questions 61
5 LINEAR MOMENTUM 63
Impulse 64
Conservation of Linear Momentum 66
Collisions 66
Center of Mass 68
Chapter 5 Review Questions 72
6 ROTATIONAL MOTION 75
Rotational Dynamics 76
Torque 76
Equilibrium 80
Angular Momentum 82
Conservation of Angular Momentum 83
Rotational Kinematics 83
The Big Five for Rotational Motion 85
Chapter 6 Review Questions 88
7 NEWTON'S LAW OF GRAVITATION 89
Kepler's Laws 89
Newton's Law of Gravitation 90
The Gravitational Attraction Due to an Extended Body 91
Gravitational Potential Energy 94
Chapter 7 ReviewQuestions 96
8 OSCILLATIONS 99
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): The Spring–Block Oscillator 100
The Kinematics of SHM 105
The Spring–Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion 109
The Sinusoidal Description of SHM 110
Pendulums 112
Chapter 8 Review Questions 114
9 THERMAL PHYSICS 117
Physical Changes Due to Heat Transfer 118
Heat Transfer and Thermal Expansion 121
The Kinetic Theory of Gases 122
The Ideal Gas Law 123
The Laws of Thermodynamics 124
Chapter 9 Review Questions 132
10 ELECTRIC FORCES AND FIELDS 135
Electric Charge 135
Coulomb's Law 136
The Electric Field 138
Conductors and Insulators 144
Chapter 10 Review Questions 146
11 ELECTRIC POTENTIAL AND CAPACITANCE 149
Electrical Potential Energy 150
Electric Potential 154
Capacitance 157
Combinations of Capacitors 158
Dielectrics 160
Chapter 11 Review Questions 162
12 DIRECT CURRENT CIRCUITS 165
Electric Current 166
Resistance 166
Electric Circuits 167
Circuit Analysis 168
Resistance–Capacitance (RC) Circuits 177
Chapter 12 Review Questions 179
13 MAGNETIC FORCES AND FIELDS 181
The Magnetic Force on a Moving Charge 182
The Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Wire 184
Magnetic Fields Created by Current-Carrying Wires 186
Chapter 13 Review Questions 189
14 ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION 191
Motional EMF 192
Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction 194
Chapter 14 Review Questions 201
15 WAVES 203
Transverse Traveling Waves 204
Wave Speed on a Stretched String 206
Superposition of Waves 207
Standing Waves 209
Sound Waves 212
Resonance for Sound Waves 215
The Doppler Effect 217
The Doppler Effect for Light 220
Chapter 15 Review Questions 221
16 OPTICS 223
The Electromagnetic Spectrum 224
Interference and Diffraction 225
Refl ection and Refraction 228
Mirrors 232
Ray Tracing for Mirrors 234
Thin Lenses 240
Ray Tracing for Lenses 241
Chapter 16 Review Questions 245
17 MODERN PHYSICS 247
The Rutherford Model of the Atom 248
Photons and the Photoelectric Effect 248
The Bohr Model of the Atom 250
Wave–Particle Duality 252
Nuclear Physics 253
Radioactivity 255
Nuclear Reactions 259
Disintegration Energy 259
Special Relativity 260
Chapter 17 Review Questions 265
Trigonometry Table 267
18 SOLUTIONS TO THE CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS 269
19 THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT II: PHYSICS SUBJECT TEST 1 293
20 ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS TO
SAT II: PHYSICS SUBJECT TEST 1 311
21 THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT II: PHYSICS SUBJECT TEST 2 323
22 ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS TO
SAT II: PHYSICS SUBJECT TEST 2 341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Best I Could Find

    I got an 800 on the SAT II Physics using this book! It is a good resource for any high school Physics student. Well written and in-depth, I found this book to be the best study guide I could find for the SAT II Physics exam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2004

    Perplexing and dismaying

    I admit that physics does not come naturally to me, but this book simply did not meld well with my school curriculum. Not only did the book use many confusing symbols, but the explanations were not thorough enough and often left me partially in the dark and struggling to comprehend. I thought I was much better off not having looked at the book, since what little help it provided came from the somewhat less perplexing diagrams. Honestly, I preferred my textbook the most, and then two other review books after it. Perhaps this book would be helpful if you thoroughly understand all the physics concepts and workings already, and if confusing greek and other strange symbols do not bother you.

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