If your sole target in the test was to get 650 - the minimum requisite score in lesser colleges - how would you prepare??
I am at a loss here - should i try to get a good grasp of everything - and almost answer many questions correctly - thereby screwing up my score??
Or is it not a better strategy to try some typical problems they are likely to ask and get them right - like prepare for 60 odd
about 5-6 are on PHENOMENA - stern gerlach, michelson morley, zeeman, stark etc - some or the other effect
about 4-5 - are some sort of violation - energy, momentum, laws of thermodynamics, baryon/lepton number etc
about 10-12 - are formula based - optics, mechanics, bohr model, carnot cycle, EM etc. got to invoke the right formula.
about 5-7 - "which eqn to use" type - it wont be easy cos the problem involves bragg's law/wein's law/other obscure law
about 5 - are "catch" problems - there is a catch, if you can spot which, it is easy. like some symmetrical arrangement etc
about 6-8 are tough calculation problems - too risky to try to solve in P-gre
about 6-8 are very conceptual - the derivative of such and such = that, or solution to some diff eq = answer. Again too risky.
about -6-8 are property based - of semiconductor's resistivity, or latent heat, or cyclotron motion in presence of E + M fields
about 4-5 are relativity based - generally easy. "Y" plays a big role and clear concepts needed too.
about 6-8 are "limits" based - your best bet to solve the problem is to eliminate by taking limits.
about 5-7 are about selecting the right graph/plot from given choices. got to understand underlying causes well.
can someone add some more groups - i am trying to figure out the "low hanging fruit".
Lets work through this together - joint effort. I am sure its not only me who stands to gain - all others who are taking the test this Oct or Nov should benefit from the thread. The other thing i want to find out are some typical patterns in all things QM - question groupings.
Once again thank you very much everyone. This forum and Physgrad have been of immense help.