Regents Physics Exam Results 2003 – 2004 School Year 35,125 Number of students taking the exam: 28,656 Number of students who passed: 6,469! Number of students who failed: ~ 20% Almost one out of every five!
Regents Physics Exam Results 2003 – 2004 School Year 35,125 Number of students taking the exam: 8,400 Number of students passing at mastery levels (85% or higher): < 24%
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PREPARATION STRATEGIES FOR THE NYS Regents Physical Setting / Physics Exam
Physical Setting / Physics Exam KNOW YOUR OPPONENT!
Physical Setting / Physics Exam • Part A – Multiple choice. Usually 35 questions, or 41% of the exam. • Part B1 – Multiple choice. Usually 12 – 15 questions, or about 14 – 18% of the exam. • Part B2 – Some multiple choice, mostly constructed-response questions. Usually accounts for 15 – 20% of the exam • Part C – Extended/constructed response. Makes up 20 – 30% of the exam.
Physical Setting / Physics Exam Five Major Topic Areas: • Mechanics • Energy • Electricity/Magnetism • Waves/Light • Modern Physics ~ 35% ~ 12 % ~ 23 % ~ 21 % ~ 9 %
PRACTICE ! http://www.nysedregents.org/(Under “Science” click “Physics”) Seek Assistance whenever necessary!
TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES FOR THE NYS Regents Physical Setting / Physics Exam
EveryQuestionisImportant! • Total number of points possible on the exam (Raw Score) = 85 points. • Multiple choice questions account for about 50 of these points. • That’s almost 60% of the total possible points! • Don’t rush through these questions! • Treat Multiple choice questions like word problems (they usually are), and take the time to solve them properly.
Problem-SolvingMethod • Step 1:Carefully read the problem, and identify all given or implied pieces of information (write them down, using appropriate variable symbols). • Step 2:Read the problem again! Identify everything the problem is asking for and write it/them down (again, using appropriate variable symbols).
Problem-SolvingMethod • Step 3: Write down the equation(s) that will help you solve the problem, and algebraically solve for the desired variable (you might not like to do this, but you won’t make as many math errors, and you’re more likely to have the correct units on your answer)! • Step 4: Substitute the appropriate numbers, with the appropriate units into the equation at least one time.
Problem-SolvingMethod • Step 5: Perform the calculation, then be sure to write the correct answer with the correct units!
Example: An F-14 Tomcat attains a speed of 33 m/s in 3 seconds as it takes off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. What is the acceleration of the jet?
Equations are PMRs! • PMR = Precise Mathematical Relationship • All the equations on the Reference Tables are PMRs! • On questions that ask you to determine the effect changing one variable will have on another, you can use simple arrow analysis to quickly determine the answer. • Become very familiar with the Reference Tables!
Example 1: If the resistance in a series circuit is reduced, and the voltage remains constant, determine the effect on the current in the circuit.
Example 2: Determine the effect on the kinetic energy of an object if its velocity is doubled.
Review Session Topical Outline • Mechanics: - Vectors - Linear Motion and Free Fall - Projectile Motion - Laws of Motion and Force - Friction/forces on Inclined Planes - Momentum and Impulse
Review Session Topical Outline • Work, Power and Energy. • Electricity and Magnetism: - Electrostatics and Electric Fields - Electricity - Magnetism and Electromagnetism • Waves and Light. • Modern Physics.
REMEMBER! • What to DO! - Start preparing for the exam NOW! - Get lots of rest the night before! - Also, eat a decent meal before 6 pm! - Go to the bathroom BEFORE the exam! - Bring only what you’re supposed to! - Answer Every Question! - Check your Answers!
REMEMBER! • KEY STRATEGIES - Know your opponent! - Practice! - Seek assistance! - Every Question is important! - Follow your PSM! - Know your PMRs!
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