Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 019: Physics

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Foundations of Scientific Inquiry 001–005 12%
II Mechanics 006–010 24%
III Electricity and Magnetism 011–014 24%
IV Waves, Acoustics, and Optics 015–018 20%
V Nature of Matter, Thermodynamics, and Modern Physics 019–022 20%
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Subarea I—FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

Objective 001—Understand the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry.

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Objective 002—Apply knowledge of methods and equipment used in scientific investigations.

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Objective 003—Understand the development of scientific thought and inquiry.

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Objective 004—Understand the relationships of physics to technological and societal issues, both contemporary and historical.

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Objective 005—Understand interrelationships among the physical, life, and earth/space sciences.

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Subarea II—MECHANICS

Objective 006—Analyze motion in one and two dimensions.

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Objective 007—Understand Newton's laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation.

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Objective 008—Understand conservation of energy and conservation of momentum.

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Objective 009—Understand torque, static equilibrium, and rotational dynamics.

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Objective 010—Understand the characteristics of oscillatory motion.

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Subarea III—ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

Objective 011—Understand electric charge, electric fields, and electric potential.

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Objective 012—Understand simple circuits.

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Objective 013—Understand magnetic fields.

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Objective 014—Understand electromagnetic induction.

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Subarea IV—WAVES, ACOUSTICS, AND OPTICS

Objective 015—Understand the characteristics of waves and wave motion.

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Objective 016—Understand the principles of sound and acoustics.

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Objective 017—Understand electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Objective 018—Understand ray optics.

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Subarea V—NATURE OF MATTER, THERMODYNAMICS, AND MODERN PHYSICS

Objective 019—Understand the particulate nature of matter.

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Objective 020—Understand the laws of thermodynamics.

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Objective 021—Understand the basic ideas of quantum mechanics and relativity.

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Objective 022—Understand the basic ideas of nuclear physics.

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