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GRE Physics Prep for non-physicist

  1. Mar 26, 2009 #1
    Hello again,

    I'm planning on apply to a few medical physics programs in the fall, most of which do not require the physics GRE subject test. However, one does, and I really want to apply there. My thoughts? It wouldn't hurt to learn some more physics. I am a nuclear engineering major, so I would have a good ways to go to be able to be competitive on the test, but what are some good things to look at in preparation for it. Does it seem like a something I can do? I know that people spend 4+ years studying physics have a hard time with the test, so I am a bit intimidated, but I can at least give it a shot.
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  3. Mar 27, 2009 #2

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    I think it will be difficult to cram in an undergraduate education in a few months. What you can do, though, is review what you already know so you won't lose any points that you really shouldn't.
  4. Mar 27, 2009 #3
    A large portion of the PGRE is from the first few subjects you'd have in a physics program. I'm sure they were part of your engineering program as well. I'd make sure you're confident in all of that material.
    A few good educated guesses on the other topics and a solid score on the subjects you should have a background for would amount to a fairly decent score. I don't know how that score will compare to students that have had the full physics background though (or how much it will matter in medical physics if you have a solid "medical" background)
  5. Mar 29, 2009 #4


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    As an engineering major have you taken
    Statistical Mechanics
    Mechanics ie. Physics I

    If you have, all you would need to do for quantum
    is a very rough understanding of the first few
    chapters Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths
    and sadly that might be overpreparation for the Quantum part.
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