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Course SummaryLet us help you get ready to take the FTCE Physics 6-12 test with this study guide course. Our short video lessons help you review all the topics you'll be tested on, and you can use the self-assessment quizzes to gauge how well you've understood the lesson and how well you might do on the test.
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If you want to work as a 6th- through 12th-grade physics teacher at a public school in Florida, you'll first need to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Physics 6-12 subject area test. Over the course of this two-and-a-half-hour exam, you'll be expected to answer approximately 90 multiple-choice questions.
We have developed an online study guide to help you prepare for the FTCE Physics 6-12 subject area test. Chapters in this guide cover the following topics:
- Scientific investigation
- Mathematics of physics
- Waves and optics
- Modern physics
The FTCE Physics exam is designed to test your competencies and skills in each of the area's listed above. You might be asked to identify characteristics of scientific inquiry or apply concepts of accuracy to physics-related math problems. You also might have to show that you can choose the correct lab equipment for specific physics investigations or that you can convert between various units of measure.
FTCE Physics Test Preparation & Registration
If you're preparing for the FTCE Physics 6-12 subject area test, this online study guide could prove a valuable resource. This guide can serve as a refresher for topics you covered during your bachelor's degree program, and it might introduce you to new physics concepts as well. Watch each of the videos, which are taught by professional educators, and take each of the corresponding self-assessment quizzes to get the most out of this online learning tool.
The FTCE is a computer-based test offered through the Florida Department of Education. You must register for the FTCE online, which you can do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During registration, you'll be able to select which school districts you'd like to receive your test scores. Your scores also can be sent to your alma mater.
Once your registration is complete, you'll receive an admission ticket for the FTCE via email. You'll need to bring this with you the day of the test, along with two current forms of ID, at least one of which must feature your photograph and signature. You'll be able to use a calculator for the FTCE Physics exam; however, it cannot be your own. Your testing center will provide you with a scientific calculator the day of the test.
FTCE Physics Scoring
You must achieve a score of 200 on the FTCE Physics subject area test to qualify for teacher certification. Passing scores are automatically sent to the institutions you request during registration. This will happen within four weeks of your test date; however, you can get unofficial results the day of the test.
Nature of Scientific Investigation and Instruction in Physics
This section makes up approximately 7% of the FTCE Physics test. Questions might focus on scientific theories and laws, the history of physics, and guided inquiry in physics classroom and lab settings. You'll also need to know about physics teacher liability and responsibility and be able to identify, prevent and correct dangerous laboratory situations.
Mathematics of Physics
Around 8% of the FTCE Physics test centers on mathematics of physics. To succeed on this portion of the exam, you'll need to understand dimensional analysis, vectors, and dot product and cross product. Additionally, you'll also need to demonstrate an understanding of the various prefixes used for metric and standard units of measure.
Questions on thermodynamics comprise approximately 10% of the FTCE Physics test. This section of the exam might include questions on the first and second laws of thermodynamics, latent and specific heats, and the ideal gas law. You also might be asked to perform calculations based on volume diagrams or calorimetric data.
The largest portion of the FTCE Physics test - approximately 27% - focuses on mechanics. You might be asked to apply Newton's laws of motion to problems of linear and circular motion or to determine the speed and velocity of moving objects. Other topics covered might include torque, Archimedes' and Bernoulli's principles, mass conservation and harmonic motion.
Waves and Optics
Questions about waves and optics make up about 18% of this exam. You might have to describe characteristics of waves as well as various optical instruments. Additionally, you'll need to know about wave propagation and speed, the Doppler effect, geometric optics, and the electromagnetic spectrum, among other topics.
Electricity and Magnetism
You'll need to know about electricity and magnetism for approximately 20% of the questions on the FTCE Physics exam. You might be asked to apply Gauss', Kirchhoff's and Ohm's laws or to solve problems involving capacitance. Additionally, you might be tested on your knowledge of charge distributions, resistors and capacitors, electromagnetic induction and current-carrying conductors.
The final 10% of the FTCE Physics exam focuses on your knowledge of modern physics. You'll need to know about Einstein's theory of special relativity and equation of mass-energy equivalence. You also might be asked to compare alpha, beta and gamma radiation and note differences between processes of fission and fusion. Other topics you might encounter include radioactive decay processes, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, subatomic and elementary particles, and fundamental forces of nature.
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