Important advises in Preparing for the Physics Subject GRE Test
EPSNA has put together Physics GRE preparation information for mainly Ethiopian undergraduate students aiming for graduate studies. The idea is to provide concise information, sample materials and course structure that will help students prepare for the Physics GRE Subject Test.
Information regarding the GRE subject test in physics:
The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.
Students have 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete the test.
September 15, 2018 register by August 03, 2018 (late deadline is August 10)
October 27, 2018 register by September 14, 2018 (late deadline is September 21)
April 06, 2019 register by March 22, 2019 (late deadline is March 01)
Select up to 4 universities for score reports
Select the schools when you register. Selecting the universities after the exam costs additional fee
Materials for the GRE Prep course:
Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday
Robert Resnick (any edition available for you) is considered the best material to study.
Approximate Percentages of the test on the major content topic in physics GRE
Classical Mechanics - 20% Kinematics, Newton's laws, work and energy, oscillatory motion, rotational motion about a fixed axis, dynamics of systems of particles, central forces and celestial mechanics, three-dimensional particle dynamics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism, noninertial reference frames, elementary topics in fluid dynamics.
Electromagnetism - 18% Electrostatics, currents and DC circuits, magnetic fields in free space, Lorentz force, induction, Maxwell's equations and their applications, electromagnetic waves, AC circuits, magnetic and electric fields in matter.
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics - 10% Laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic processes, equations of state, ideal gases, kinetic theory, ensembles, statistical concepts and calculation of thermodynamic quantities, thermal expansion of heat transfer.
Quantum Mechanics - 12% Fundamental concepts, solutions of the Schrodinger equation (including square wells, oscillators, and hydrogenic atoms), spin, angular momentum, wave function symmetry, elementary perturbation theory.
Atomic Physics - 10% Properties of electrons, Bohr model, energy quantization, atomic structure, atomic spectra, slection rules, black-body radiation, x-rays, atoms in electric and magnetic fields.
Special Relativity - 6% Introductory concepts, time dilation, length contraction, simultaneity, energy and momentum, four-vectors and Lorentz transformation, velocity addition. Laboratory Methods - 6% Data and error analysis, electronics, instrumentation, radiation detection, counting statistics, interaction of charged particles with matter, lasers and optical interferometers, dimensional analysis, fundamental applications of probability and statistics.