### Content areas

- Classical Mechanics: 20%
- Electromagnetism: 18%
- Optics and Wave Phenomena: 8%
- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: 10%
- Quantum Mechanics: 13%
- Atomic Physics: 10%
- Special Relativity: 6%
- Laboratory Methods: 6%
- Specialized Topics: 9%

Those taking the test should be familiar with certain mathematical methods and their applications in physics. Such mathematical methods include single and multivariate calculus, coordinate systems (rectangular, cylindrical and spherical), vector algebra and vector differential operators, Fourier series, partial differential equations, boundary value problems, matrices and determinants, and functions of complex variables. These methods may appear in the test in the context of various content categories as well as occasional questions concerning only mathematics in the specialized topics category above.