InquilineKea wrote:So I know that there have to be some not-too-easy problems on the Physics GRE, in order to create the curve. But on the other hand, the problems must be short. The shortness of the problems will automatically eliminate textbook problems that demand proofs and long answers.
From my experience, it seems that test questions are almost always easier than homework questions. People will always manage to get some of the problems wrong, even when most of them are easy (this was what I observed in AP and SAT II tests, where even strong students could get significant numbers of easy problems wrong - the problems would be very easy if they were assigned as homework problems in class instead).
So when you review for the Physics GRE, do you just aim for the easy/short problems on textbooks? Especially if you're crunched for time? Ideally, going for the longer/harder problems would help with understanding (and intermediate steps), but I wonder how useful those really are for the Physics GRE.
Also, is magnetic potential important to know?
Quantum Triviality wrote:I really think that textbooks are overrated. I strongly recommend checking out the past exams. I have them posted here: http://tiny.cc/PhyGRE
Also, one cannot overemphasize the usefulness of the complete solutions worked out at http://grephysics.net
If after you have done some of the practice exams, then go over your intro textbooks. Griffith's books are about the right level and some of the questions in the test are eerily similar to Griffith's.
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