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SAT II Physics should I study

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  1. Jun 3, 2009 #1
    will the SAT Physics test ask me something like "What does the Second Law of Thermodynamics say should happen..."? If so, do I need to memorize all these laws? How can I possibly know them all? Is there a list?
     
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  3. Jun 3, 2009 #2
    Of course, do you have a practice book ? Working on it alone would also be of help.


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  4. Jun 3, 2009 #3
    yes, i am, but im cramming cause my test is in 3 days... did you take it yet? if youre good in physics you have to help me... seriously
     
  5. Jun 3, 2009 #4
    How much will you pay for me ?
     
  6. Jun 4, 2009 #5

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    This strategy is unlikely to help.
     
  7. Jun 4, 2009 #6
    I respectfully disagree. For a real, well-designed physics test this may be the case, but due to the standard format of the SATII and the fairly limited amount of stuff covered and the shallow way in which it's covered it's extremely easy to cram for it.

    If this is simply for SATII, not trying to actually learn physics, then I can suggest you look at:
    http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/sat2/physics/
    It tries to focus exactly on the areas relevant to the subject test and it doesn't really dig deeper when it doesn't need to. In addition it tries to give you questions like the ones you can expect on the SAT. It's however somewhat poorly written and there is a considerable amount of errors in the text, and I would definitely not choose it for learning physics, but for the SATII I haven't found anything better. Personally I used that and the chemistry guide on the same site to cram for the December 2008 subject tests and got 3x800 in mathII, chem and physics. I already had the math learned and I had been exposed to a lot of the material in school at some point, but I feel this guide helped me to get the last 200-400 points of the way in just 2 days (for instance I had never heard of optics so that section was extremely relevant to me and we hadn't covered magnetism in school). They also have some practice tests, but I believe you have to sign up for a couple of free accounts to get access to all these (dunno if this is allowed; probably not). The practice tests sometimes mark correct answers as incorrect, but on the whole they can be great to let you get a feel for the test, but remember that these are unofficial and some of the questions may not be of the type you could get on the real thing. If you can you should get your hands on a real past test (I know CollegeBoard released at least one as part of their own SAT Subject Test book, but I don't think it's available online). So my advice: Spend some time going over the stuff in SparkNotes that you're not comfortable with, take a couple of practice test and go over some more of the stuff you did badly on (perhaps refer to your physics books if you have such a thing for an alternative explanation).
     
  8. Jun 4, 2009 #7

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    Even if I bought that, the time scale is three (now two) days. Cramming now, even if I stiplate that cramming is effective, is too late.
     
  9. Jun 4, 2009 #8
    40 hours is a lot of time...
     
  10. Jun 4, 2009 #9

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    Not in comparison to the time one spent - or should have spent -studying physics for a year.

    Look, we have someone who's complaining about memorizing "all those laws" when asked about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Do you really think a few hours of cramming will make a huge difference?
     
  11. Jun 4, 2009 #10
    Studying 40 hours is equivalent to doing 2 hours a day for 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. I'm not saying its the best way to go in terms of your physical or mental health, but if the pressures on, you really focus, and you have enough caffeine... you can learn a lot in 2 days.
     
  12. Jun 4, 2009 #11

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    If you say so. Not in my experience.
     
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