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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ON THE GRE PHYSICS TEST!
If you’re serious about your career, use the most comprehensive GRE book on the market today.

GRE PHYSICS TEST

HIGHER SCORES MEAN BETTER OPTIONS
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Overview

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ON THE GRE PHYSICS TEST!
If you’re serious about your career, use the most comprehensive GRE book on the market today.

GRE PHYSICS TEST

HIGHER SCORES MEAN BETTER OPTIONS
Scoring well on the GRE Physics test doesn’t just help you get into grad school, it helps move your career forward. So it’s worth every minute you can spare to be knowledgeable and confident.

ORGANIZE YOUR TIME
Our exclusive Pro Study Plan gives you a complete road map from now until test day to help you prepare for the GRE Physics test as efficiently as possible.

REFRESH YOUR GRE PHYSICS CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Everything you need to know for the GRE Physics test, presented in concise sections that work easily into a busy schedule.

BUILD CONFIDENCE WITH GRE PHYSICS PRACTICE EXAMS
With 4 full-length GRE Physics exams, you’ll know exactly how you’re doing every step of the way. And with each repetition, you’ll measure your progress and build confidence.

LEARN GRE TEST-TAKING TIPS FROM THE PROS
We’ve distilled years of experience into concrete suggestions for answering every type of question you’ll encounter on the GRE Physics test. By learning the right approaches, you’ll avoid traps and save time.

GET THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED GRE PHYSICS SOFTWARE
REA’s GRE Physics TestWare combines a realistic GRE test environment with the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available. With every GRE Physics practice test you take, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence for the real exam. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of GRE Physics questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed on the GRE!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738606590
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: GRE Test Preparation
  • Edition description: Sixth
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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%)  

SSD ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES     
Many students qualify for extra time to take the GRE Physics Test. For information on how ETS
meets disability needs, contact: 

ETS Disability Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054
Phone: 1-866-387-8602 (toll free)
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (New York)
TTY: 1-609-771-7714
Fax: 1-973-735-1892
E-mail: stassd@ets.org 

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 at

www.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 

Electromagnetism  
• 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 

Thermodynamics 
• 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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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION
About the Book and TestWare®
About the Test
About the Authors
About the Subject Review
Scoring the Exam
Pro Study Plan
About Research & Education Association
Acknowledgments
 
 
GRE PHYSICS REVIEW

1 CLASSICAL MECHANICS
Vectors
Linear Motion
Two-Dimensional Motion
Newton’s Laws
Momentum
Energy and Work
Harmonic Motion
Collisions
Lagrangian Mechanics
 
 
2 ELECTROMAGNETISM
Electric Fields
Capacitors
Current and Resistance
Circuits
Magnetism
Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
 
 
3 ATOMIC PHYSICS
Rutherford Scattering
Atomic Spectra
The Bohr Atom
The Laser
 

4 THERMODYNAMICS
Temperature
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
Heat Capacity and Specific Heat
Heat of Vaporization and Heat of Fusion
Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
Heat, Work, and the Laws of Thermodynamics
Entropy
 
 
5 QUANTUM MECHANICS
Photoelectric Effect
Wave Functions and Equations
Schrödinger’s Equation
Potential Wells and Energy Levels
Harmonic Oscillator
Reflection and Transmission by a Barrier
 

6 SPECIAL RELATIVITY
Time Dilation and Length Contraction
Dynamics
Lorentz Transformations
 
 
7 OPTICS AND WAVE PHENOMENA
Mechanical Waves
Ray Optics
Thin Lenses
Interference
Diffraction
 

8 LABORATORY METHODS
Dimensional Analysis
 

9 SPECIALIZED TOPICS
Neutron Stars and Conservation of Angular Momentum
Relativistic Doppler Shift
Hubble’s Law
Electron Theory of Metals and Superconductivity
Nuclear Structure
 

PRACTICE EXAMS

GRE Physics Exam 1
Exam 1
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
 
 
GRE Physics Exam 2
Exam 2
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
 
 
GRE Physics Exam 3
Exam 3
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
 

GRE Physics Exam 4
Exam 4
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Installing REA’s TestWare®
 

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