gamsat physics

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GAMSAT assumes a level of physics knowledge equivalent to year 12 of high school. This is actually quite a lot of content and many candidates are quite rusty when it comes to physics. Below is an outline of what you need to know in order to give yourself the best chance possible for GAMSAT

 

 


Watch the free videos on Know the difference between vectors and scalars

Perform vector addition and basic trigonometry

 

Motion

Understand the different components of motion (displacement, velocity, acceleration, circular motion, projectile motion) and their equations

Interpret and predict graphs of motion

 

Forces

Understand and apply Newton’s laws

Understand gravity, the normal force, tension, torque, springs, and friction

Determine the centre of gravity and the net force affecting it

Know F=ma

 

Energy

Understand the nature of energy and its conservation

Know the rules for potential and kinetic energy

Equate and resolve various forms of energy

 

Work

Understand work and know W=Fd

Know the relationships between work, energy and power

 

Momentum

Understand momentum and its conservation

Know what impulse is and understand it graphically

 

Simple Machines

Understand the inclined plane, pulley and lever

Apply the concepts of work and energy to these machines

 

Fluids

Understand pressure, density and specific gravity

Apply the principle of buoyancy

Understand and predict the flow of fluids

 

Solids

Understand thermal expansion

 

Magnetism

Understand and apply the concepts of magnetic and electric fields

Use the right-hand-rule to predict the force on a particle

 

Electricity

Know and apply the rules of charge

Predict the effect of charged particles on each other

Know how charge through a wire is related to electric and magnetic fields

 

Circuits

Know the differences between series and parallel circuits

Determine the resistance, current or voltage of circuits

Predict the effect of changes to a circuit

 

Waves

Know the terminology and types of waves

Know the relationship between velocity, frequency and wavelength

Predict the result of interference

Understand simple harmonic motion

 

Sound

Understand how the decibel scale works

Understand the Doppler effect and beat frequency

 

Light

Know how reflection and refraction work

Predict the path of light as it traverses different media

Understand how lenses and mirrors work

Predict the location and dimensions of images formed by mirrors and lenses

 

Radioactivity

Understand the concept of half-life

Know the different types of radioactive decay and their properties