# Physics GRE Problems and Formulas Sorted by Topics

## CLASSICAL MECHANICS — 20%

PGRE1777(1,2,3,17,18,19,46,47,48,49,64,65,66,67,79,80,87,88,89,90,97)
PGRE9677(5,6,7,8,20,21,22,23,30,31,32,44,65,66,68,84,92,93)
PGRE9277(4,5,6,7,8,19,40,41,42,43,44,45,61,66,74,78,82,87,93,100)
PGRE8677(1,2,4,5,6,7,8,34,35,36,37,43,44,60,61,62,75,76,77,93,97)
PGRE0177(1,2,3,4,22,23,24,25,26,54,55,56,57,72,73,74,75,89,90,91,92)

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

Non inertial reference frames

elementary topics in fluid dynamics

1. ELECTROMAGNETISM — 18%

PGRE1777(4,5,6,20,21,37,38,39,40,68,69,76,77,78,94,95,96)
PGRE9677(1,2,3,4,24,25,26,28,43,45,46,47,49,54,55,61,62,69,70,71,86,87,88,89)
PGRE9277(9,10,11,12,13,18,32,33,34,36,39,54,55,57,60,64,65,81,83,84,86,88,92)
PGRE8677(9,10,11,22,24,25,29,38,39,52,53,54,63,64,65,78,79,80,81,86,94,98)
PGRE0177(7,8,9,10,38,39,40,41,42,58,59,60,61,62,85,86,87,88,95,96)

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

1. OPTICS AND WAVE PHENOMENA — 9%

PGRE1777(15,16,30,31,32,50,51,52,81,82)
PGRE9677(56,57,58,82)
PGRE9277(20,21,22,35,67,68,69,79)
PGRE8677(13,58,73,74,100)
PGRE0177(11,12,13,51,69,70,96,97,100)

properties

superposition

interference

diffraction

geometrical optics

polarization

Doppler effect

1. THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS — 10%

PGRE1777(7,8,9,28,29,56,57,58,91)
PGRE9677(13,14,15,16,73,74,75,79,91,94,95)
PGRE9277(14,15,16,23,46,47,62,63,71,72,73)
PGRE8677(14,15,46,51,55,66,67,87,88,95)
PGRE0177(5,6,35,36,37,47,48,49,63,65,76,77,98)

the laws of thermodynamics

thermodynamic processes

equations of state

ideal gases

kinetic theory

ensembles

statistical concepts and calculation of thermodynamic quantities

thermal expansion and heat transfer

1. QUANTUM MECHANICS — 12%

PGRE1777(12,13,25,26,43,44,45,61,62,63,70,71,92,99)
PGRE9677(17,18,29,33,35,39,41,42,51,52,59,76,77,97,98,99,100)
PGRE9277(1,27,28,29,50,51,52,53,56,89,90,98,99)
PGRE8677(18,19,28,49,56,57,89,90,92,96)
PGRE0177(27,28,29,30,43,44,45,46,81,82,83,93,94)

fundamental concepts

solutions of the Schrödinger equation

(including square wells

harmonic oscillators

and hydrogenic atoms)

spin

angular momentum

wave function symmetry

elementary perturbation theory

1. ATOMIC PHYSICS — 10%

PGRE1777(22,23,24)

properties of electrons

Bohr model

energy quantization

atomic structure

atomic spectra

selection rules

x-rays

atoms in electric and magnetic fields

1. SPECIAL RELATIVITY — 6%

PGRE1777(34,35,36,53,84,85,93)
PGRE9677(36,37,38,48,49,50,60,67)
PGRE9277(37,38,70,85,94,96,97)
PGRE8677(3,20,21,22,68,69,70,71,72)
PGRE0177(32,33,34,71,79,80,99)

introductory concepts

time dilation

length contraction

simultaneity

energy and momentum

four-vectors and Lorentz transformation

1. LABORATORY METHODS — 6%

PGRE1777(14,42,54)

data and error analysis

electronics

instrumentation

counting statistics

interaction of charged particles with matter

lasers and optical interferometers

dimensional analysis

fundamental applications of probability and statistics

1. SPECIALIZED TOPICS — 9%

PGRE1777(10,27,33,55,59,60,72,73,74,75,83,86,98)

Condensed matter

PGRE9677(78)
PGRE8677(23,51)
PGRE0177(5253)
PGRE9277(97)

Nuclear and Particle Physics

PGRE9677(9,10,11,12,19,34,40,42,53,63,64)
PGRE9277(23,24,25,26,30,31,49,58,59,75,76,77,80,90,95)
PGRE8677(1619262730313233404142454748828384859199)
PGRE0177(1417181920213164666768788491)

Nuclear and Particle physics

(e.g., nuclear properties

fission and fusion

reactions

fundamental properties of elementary particles)

Condensed Matter

(e.g., crystal structure

x-ray diffraction

thermal properties

electron theory of metals

semiconductors

superconductors)

Miscellaneous

(e.g., astrophysics

mathematical methods

computer applications)

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