The Sat II:

Physics Subject Test

You would have one hour to answer 75 multiple-choice questions (without the use of a calculator) from the following topics.


I Mechanics

A. Kinematics (such as velocity, acceleration, motion in one dimension, and motion of projectiles)

B. Dynamics (such as force, Newton's laws, and statics)

C. Energy and Momentum (such as potential and kinetic energy, work, power, impulse, and conservation laws.

D. Circular Motion and Rotation (such as uniform circular motion, centripetal force, torque, and angular momentum)

E. Vibrations (such as simple harmonic motion, mass on a spring, and the simple pendulum)

F. Gravity (such as the law of gravitation and orbits)



II Electricity and Magnetism

A. Electric Fields, Forces and Potentials (such as Coulomb"s law, induced charge, field and potential of groups of point charges, and charged particles in electric fields)

B. Magnetic Fields and Forces (such as permanent magnets, fields caused by currents, and particles in magnetic fields)

C. Electromagnetic Induction (such as induced currents and fields)

D. Circuits and Circuit Elements (such as capacitance, resistance, Ohm's law, Joule's law, and direct-current circuits with resistors and capacitors)



III Waves

A. General Wave Properties (such as wave speed, frequency, wavelength, and Doppler effect)

B. Reflection and Refraction (such as Snell's law and changes in wavelength and speed)

C. Interference, Diffraction and Polarization (such as single-slit diffraction, double-slit interference, and standing wave patterns)

D. Ray Optics (such as image formation in mirrors and lenses)



IV Heat, Kinetic Theory, and Thermodynamics

A. Thermal Properties (such as mechanical equivalent of heat, temperature, specific and latent heats, thermal expansion, and heat transfer)

B. Gases and Kinetic Theory (such as ideal gas law from molecular properties)

C. Laws of Thermodynamics (such as first and second laws, internal energy, and heat engine efficiency)



V Modern Physics

A. Quantum Phenomena (such as photons, photoelectric effect, and the uncertainty principle)

B. Atomic (such as the Rutherford and Bohr models, atomic energy levels, and atomic spectra)

C. Nuclear and Particle Physics(such as radioactivity and nuclear or particle reactions)

D. Relativity (such as mass-energy equivalence and limiting velocity)

E. Contemporary Physics (such as astrophysics, biophysics, and superconductivity)



VI Miscellaneous

(Such as measurement, math skills, laboratory skills, history of physics, and questions of a general nature that overlap several major topics)