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Quality Tutoring for SAT Physics Subject Test

It is a test of 75 MCQs in 60 minutes. Calculators are not allowed. The score ranges from 200 to 800.

The topics tested are:

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 (18%-24%)

  • 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 (6%-11%)

  • Thermal properties, such as temperature, heat transfer, specific and latent heats, and thermal expansions

  • 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

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