# GAMSAT Physics Topics

From: AceGAMSAT
Re: GAMSAT Physics Topics

Physics-based multiple choice questions arise in Section 3 of the GAMSAT. Students are required to know the Gamsat physics topics up to year 12 level (or A level). Below is a list of Gamsat physics syllabus topics that students should be familiar with when attempting to sit the GAMSAT.

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Translational motion
scalars and vectors

adding and subtracting vectors
resolution of vectors and trigonometric functions
distance and displacement
speed and velocity
acceleration
uniformly accelerated motion

Force, Motion, and gravitation
mass, weight, centre of mass
newton’s first law
newton’s second law
newton’s third law
gravitation
special right triangles
free fall motion
projectile motion
friction
inclined planes
circular motion and centripetal force
hooke’s law
tension
pulley systems

Equilibrium
translational and rotational motion

Momentum and collisions
Momentum
Elastic collisions
Inelastic collisions

Energy and work
energy

work
energy conservation
power

Fluids and solids
density
specific gravity
pressure
buoyancy and archimedes’ principle
fluids in motion
fluid viscosity and determination of flow
surface tension
solids

Wave characteristics and periodic motion
transverse and longitudinal mechanical waves

mathematical representation of a wave
superposition of waves, phase, interface
resonance
standing waves
harmonics
periodic motion

Sound
production of sound

intensity and pitch
beats
doppler effect

Electrostatistics
charge, conductors, insulators

coulomb’s law, electric force
electric field, electric field lines
potential energy
equipotential lines and electric dipoles

Electromagnetism
electromagnetism

electromagnetic spectrum

Electricity: electric circuits
current

ohm’s law
resistance and resistivity
resistance in circuits
batteries and electromotive force (emf)
kirchhoff’s laws
capacitors and dielectrics
power

Light and optics
visual spectrum and polarisation

images
mirrors
refraction and dispersion
snell’s law
lenses

Atomic and nuclear structure
protons, neutrons, electrons

isotopes, atomic number, atomic weight
radioactivity
fission and fusion
half-life
nuclear reactions and radioactive decay