- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 137
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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If you need to get up to speed on physics concepts for the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) Physics exam, our informative and easy-to-use study guide course can help. We've put together a series of video lessons on the topics that are covered on the exam, including vectors, scalars, the principles of motion and the foundations of scientific inquiry. To make sure your study experience is as flexible and convenient as possible, we've ensured you can access these lessons on any mobile device or computer 24/7.
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Syllabus & Course Information
With this course, you can refresh your knowledge of physics as you prepare for NYSTCE Physics exam. These video lessons can help you review what you need to know for the test, such as kinematics, electricity, the properties of waves and more. When you complete this course, you should be able to:
- Outline oscillations and the laws of gravitation
- Detail linear momentum, energy, power and work
- Explain the concepts of sound and light
- Discuss circuitry and magnetism
- Describe quantum physics
- Identify the structure and behavior of atoms
You'll find 130 individualized lessons grouped into 17 chapters in this course to assist you as you prepare for the NYSTCE Physics exam. Each one is self-paced and accompanied by a short lesson quiz to help you assess your progress. The more comprehensive chapter tests are a handy way to see if you're ready for test day.
NYSTCE Physics Exam Information
Anyone seeking certification to teach physics in a New York State public school must pass the NYSTCE in physics. This is a computer-based test consisting of six subsections, including the written portion.
- Number of Questions: 91 questions
- Question Type: 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $134
NYSTCE Physics Exam Breakdown
|NYSTCE Physics Exam Concept||Percent of the NYSTCE Physics Exam Score||Lessons|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry||19%||20|
|Mechanics & Thermodynamics||23%||56|
|Electricity & Magnetism||16%||19|
|Waves, Sound & Light||16%||20|
|Quantum Theory & the Atom||16%||15|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry: Constructed-Response Assignment||10%||20|
NYSTCE Physics Exam Preparation & Registration
This practice and study guide acquaints you with the topics you need to master in order to succeed on the NYSTCE Physics test. You probably studied most of these in college, but there may be some new information here. You'll examine the science of physics, including its relation to mathematics and how physics works in daily life. Other lessons look at motion, force and momentum as well as the laws of thermodynamics. Electricity, magnetism, sound and light are covered, as are atomic structure and matter.
The NYSTCE Physics test can be taken at any of 225-plus Pearson test centers in the U.S. and its territories. There are also more than 30 centers in other countries. Testing appointments are available year-round, Monday through Saturday. You'll need to set up an account and register for the test online, choosing a site and a test date. Registrations must be made at least three days before the date you desire to take the test. You'll be asked some personal information, and you can indicate which institutions you want notified of your score. On test day, you must present a current acceptable form of identification.
NYSTCE Physics Exam Scoring
Test scores will be posted on the Internet about two or three weeks after your test date. The institutions you specified at registration will be notified of your scores as well. A passing score is 220. When taking the test, answer every question. Wrong answers don't count against you.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
Percentage of test total: 19%
Exam topics covered: History of physics; relationships of science, mathematics and technology; scientific inquiry; observation and experimentation; gathering scientific data; safety procedures in the laboratory and mathematics in physics
What you'll study: The lessons in this study guide go over science history, the definition of physics, the role of mathematics in physics, scientific ethics, experimental design, laboratory equipment and safety precautions.
The exam's constructed-response question will be based on material from the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry subarea. This question accounts for 10% of the test's scoring.
Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Percentage of Test Total: 23%
Exam topics covered: Equations for one- and two-dimensional motion; problems involving speed, distance, acceleration and velocity; characteristics of force; ways to measure force; Newton's laws of motion; principle of the conservation of energy; characteristics of circular and other periodic motion; and laws of thermodynamics
What you'll study: Newton's laws of motion, inclined planes, torque, air resistance, friction, fluid mechanics, Bernoulli's principle, linear momentum, rotational motion, conservation of energy and heat energy are discussed in our study guide.
Electricity and Magnetism
Percentage of Test Total: 16%
Exam topics covered: Electric charge, electric fields, electric potential, Coulomb's law, DC circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnets, AC circuits and electromagnetic induction
What you'll study: This study guide includes lessons on electric charge, Coulomb's law, insulators and conductors, Gauss's law, Ohm's law, voltage sources, capacitance, electric current, Kirchhoff's rules, magnetic forces and electromagnetic induction.
Waves, Sound and Light
Percentage of Test Total: 16%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics of waves, types of waves, using wave phenomena to solve problems, sound waves, the Doppler effect, characteristics of electromagnetic waves, reflective and refractive devices, and applications for lenses
What you'll study: Review information about wave parameters, transverse and longitudinal waves, sound, pitch and volume, nature of light, wave-particle duality, prisms, light rays and diffraction with the lessons in this study guide.
Quantum Theory and the Atom
Percentage of Test Total: 16%
Exam topics covered: Planck's theory on the quantization of energy, the dual nature of light and matter, de Broglie's equation, models of atomic structure, notation to represent parts of atoms, particle physics, radioactive decay and components of a nuclear reactor
What you'll study: This comprehensive study guide covers+}~' 9 topics including quantum physics theories, physical and chemical properties of matter, early atomic theory, the photoelectric effect, parts of an atom, mass-energy conversion, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, radioactive decay, and general and special relativity.
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