SAT Physics - What is worth studying?

<p>So I have 2 weeks to study for this test, and it's no surprise that it's becoming an overwhelming amount of work to review all of this + learn stuff I don't know. So... I'm asking people have taken the test in the past to tell me what they think is worth studying. </p>

<pre><code>For example, I know that Kinematics is really big on this test. But maybe capacitance isn't on there as much? I'm really not going for an 800, at this point, pulling a 650+ would be good for me. And with the generous curve, it's worth sacrificing some problems.

So are there any specific sections that really wouldn't hurt me? Sections where you might see just 1-2 questions, max?

<p>Any advice is appreciated!</p>

<p>Well speaking of capacitance, there was 1 question about it on my test but it would have taken actual calculation so I just skipped it. Still got an 800 though since they factor in that most class probably only cover 3/4 of the material on the test. Um lots of weird heat stuff. Its pretty common sense but stuff that I wouldn't have expected like things expanding as they're heated and the flow of heat. the kinematics, projectile/2d motion, newton's laws/forces, momentum, energy, centripetal force, and all those other mechanics stuff are all givens as well as point charges, electric/magnetic fields, electromagnetic inductance, and circuits. A few random questions on nuclear physics could pop up, and waves are usually pretty big (though there wasn't a lot on my test but there was a lot on every practice test I looked at). That should basically get you covered enough to get an 800 with the way they curve it. The only other things I can think of that would be in a basic physics curriculum are like thermodynamics/heat engines which I'm pretty sure are not on there.</p>

<p>So really, we're looking at what most physics class cover. The stuff that isn't covered (modern physics, other smaller parts of electricity, etc) are not too important? </p>

<p>Thanks for the comment Balaylay. Any others?</p>

<p>Yea basically. It's supposed to be designed to to go with any first year intro to physics class with a bit of leeway since each class picks and chooses which topics they'll cover since they can't do every single one. Like my physics class never did anything with heat transfer and the way objects expand when heated or whatever because its kind of pointless but skimming a that section of a review book the night before was more than enough.</p>

<p>kinematics, dynamics, momentum, work, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, light, heat
i basically only knew that stuff and i got a 770</p>

<p>pFNMCp can you be more specific on the electrcity/magnetism? my class didn't really learn that stuff last year.</p>

<p>Capcitance, Dielectrics, Faraday's Law of Electromagnetism? Did you need to know stuff like that?</p>

<p>You can get a 650+ by knowing all the mechanics parts and then just using some common sense on other stuff. I would suggest taking a review of optics though. I think that was my worst part, and it showed in my score.</p>

<p>Also, on the Nov test, I'd say there were like.. 5? questions on electric stuff.</p>

<p>Thanks for the comment data.</p>

<p>One more week to go. If anyone has anything else to add, please post!</p>