Minutes Questions
75 Multiple Choice


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• Calculator use not permitted

• Problem-solving requires simple numerical calculations

• Measurements are expressed in the metric system

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Content Approximate % of Test                                      
Mechanics 36%-42%
* Kinematics, such as velocity, acceleration, motion in one dimension, and motion of projectiles
Dynamics, such as force, Newton’s laws, statics, and friction
Energy and Momentum, such as potential and kinetic energy, work, power, impulse, and conservation laws
Circular Motion, such as uniform circular motion and centripetal force
Simple Harmonic Motion, such as mass on a spring and the pendulum
Gravity, such as the law of gravitation, orbits, and Kepler’s laws

Electricity and magnetism


* 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

Capacitance, such as parallel-plate capacitors and time-varying behavior in charging/ discharging
Circuit Elements and DC Circuits, such as resistors, light bulbs, series and parallel networks, Ohm’s law, and Joule’s law
Magnetism, such as permanent magnets, fields caused by currents, particles in magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, and Lenz’s law
Waves and optics 15%–19%

* General Wave Properties, such as wave speed, frequency, wavelength, superposition, standing wave diffraction, and Doppler effect

* Reflection and Refraction, such as Snell’s law and changes in wavelength and speed

* Ray Optics, such as image formation using pinholes, mirrors, and lenses
Physical Optics, such as single-slit diffraction, double-slit interference, polarization, and color

Heat and thermodynamics


* Thermal Properties, such as temperature, heat transfer, specific and latent heats, and thermal expansion

Laws of Thermodynamics, such as first and second laws, internal energy, entropy, and heat engine efficiency
Modern physics 6%–11%
Quantum Phenomena, such as photons and photoelectric effect
Atomic, such as the Rutherford and Bohr models, atomic energy levels, and atomic spectra
Nuclear and Particle Physics, such as radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and fundamental particles
Relativity, such as time dilation, length contraction, and mass-energy equivalence
Miscellaneous 4%–9%
General, such as history of physics and general questions that overlap several major topics
Analytical Skills, such as graphical analysis, measurement, and math skills
Contemporary Physics, such as astrophysics, superconductivity, and chaos theory