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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Physical Science
Credit is recommended for examinees with scores of 400 and above.


DSST Principles of Physical Science is a multiple-choice exam designed to evaluate whether candidates possess the knowledge and understanding that would be gained by taking a lower-level college course in physical science which includes the following content: an overview of Newton's Laws of Motion; energy and momentum; thermodynamics; wave and optics; electricity and magnetism; chemistry: properties of matter; atomic theory and structure; and chemical reactions.

Skills Measured:

Questions on the Principles of Physical Science examination require candidates to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities: Physics: Energy and Momentum- 14%; Thermodynamics- 12%; Waves and Optics- 12%; Electricity and Magnetism- 14%; Fluids- 18%; Kinematics- 14%; Chemistry: Properties of Matter & Measurement- 4%; Atoms, Molecules & Ions- 10%; Stoichiometry- 4%; Gas Laws- 4%; Thermochemistry- 12%; Quantum Mechanical Theory- 8%; Bonding Theory- 6%; Solution Chemistry- 8%; Equilibrium- 12%; Chemical Kinetics- 12%; Electrochemistry- 12%; Nuclear Chemistry- 2%; Coordination Chemistry- 6%.
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