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Admissions Test, for incoming Class of 2015 Syllabi
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Each multiple choice question will carry 1 mark and -1/4 of a mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 2 .e. is as follows: 30 minutes will be allowed for the section. i. Basic Mathematics. which will consist solely of multiple-choice questions.Compulsory Section The test format for the compulsory section.
Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 3 . The SSE Basic Math test evaluates basic computational ability.LUMS School of Science & Engineering Admissions Test Basic Mathematics syllabus Content: Students who have done the first year of FSc or A-levels will have the background to answer all questions on the SSE Basic Math test.
Subject Specific Sections The test format for the remaining four sections that deal with specific subjects. comprehend relevant terminology and notation and apply your existing knowledge in novel and unfamiliar ways. Examiners will aim to cover a wide range of topics. but not every topic will be examined every year. Please also note the following points: Questions may be independent of particular topics. Advanced Mathematics. each carrying 1 mark. Knowledge of elementary topics will be assumed and some questions might require students to recall basic concepts not explicitly included in the outlines below. graphical presentation of data and schematic representations. A single question may often require knowledge of various different topics. Physics.e. (or equivalent) level. is identical and is as follows: You will be allowed 45 minutes to work on each section.LUMS School of Science & Engineering Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 4 . to gauge your problem solving skills.Sc. These sections are aimed at applicants with a solid conceptual understanding of the relevant subjects at the A’ Level/F. Every incorrect answer will result in -1/4 of a mark. and your ability to apply these to real-life situations. Questions will be designed to test your understanding and recollection of fundamental concepts. Chemistry and Biology. to test a basic familiarity with experimental setups. being designed instead to test general mathematics aptitude and potential. These sections will examine your ability to think clearly and logically. i. which will consist of 30 Multiple Choice questions. analytical capabilities and your scientific reasoning faculties.
but the mathematics background required is the same as for the SSE Basic Math test. Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 5 .LUMS School of Science & Engineering Admissions Test Advanced Mathematics syllabus Content: The SSE Advanced Math test evaluates logic and reasoning ability with more challenging questions.
velocity-time graphs Newton’s laws of motion Linear momentum Angular motion with concepts of angular momentum. speed.LUMS School of Science & Engineering Admissions Test Physics syllabus Content: 1) Measurement Fundamental and derived units Dimensions of physical quantities Precision. centripetal and centrifugal forces Projectile motion Moment of inertia Gravitational attraction Weightlessness 4) Work and energy Work. their inter-conversion and conservation Kinetic and potential energies 5) Fluids Pressure and Pascal’s principle Archimedes’ Principle and flotation Basic concepts of fluid continuity and incompressibility of liquids 6 Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE . torque. energy and power Different forms of energy. velocity and acceleration and equations of motion Distance-time. accuracy and errors 2) Scalars and vectors Differences between scalar and vector quantities Addition and subtraction of vectors Resolving a vector into its components Scalar and vector products 3) Motion and Forces Displacement.
frequency and speed Wave properties such as reflection. metals and semiconductors Magnetic properties of solids 10) Modern Physics Blackbody radiation and motivation for quantization of energy levels Existence of photons and the photoelectric effect Wave and particle nature of matter Equivalence of mass and energy Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle 7 Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE . refraction. insulators.6) Waves Simple harmonic motion Examples of simple pendulum and mass connected to a spring Standing and traveling waves Wave characteristics such as wavelength. interference and diffraction Nature of sound 7) Heat Molecular description of the temperature of a gas Laws of gas behaviour Relationship between heat and mechanical energies Specific and latent heat capacities 8) Electricity and Magnetism Charges and electric fields due to static charges Concept of electrostatic potential and potential differences Capacitance Electric current and its basic physical description DC and AC currents Electrical resistance Magnetic fields and magnetic flux Ampere’s law and magnetic field due to a current carrying conductor Motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields Faraday’s law and electromagnetic induction Electromagnetic waves 9) Materials Elasticity and Hooke’s law Difference between crystalline and amorphous solids Difference between electrical conductors.
Existence of energy levels in atoms Absorption and emission of radiation from energy level transitions in atoms Production and nature of X-rays The atomic nucleus and its constituents Nuclear energy – fission and fusion Radioactivity Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 8 .
pH and Co-factors in enzyme Kinetics Competitive and no-competitive inhibition of enzymes 4) Cell membranes and transport Structure of cell membranes and Phospholipids Transport across cell membranes Active transport and passive transport 5) Genetic control of protein structure and function Structure of DNA and RNA DNA replication RNA synthesis mRNA. tRNA and rRNA function Protein synthesis Control of gene expression 6) Energy and respiration Relevance of high energy molecules in living organisms 9 Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE .LUMS School of Science & Engineering Admissions Test Biology syllabus Content: 1) Cell structure Features of plant and animal cell Principles of microscopy Structure and function of organelles 2) Biological molecules Polymers and macromolecules Carbohydrates Lipids Proteins 3) Enzymes Role of enzymes in lowering activation energy Enzyme Kinetics Role of Temperature.
genetics and gene control Gametogenesis Stages of meiosis Independent assortment of chromosome in meiosis Basic concept of genetics Common genetic disorders 9) Energy and ecosystems Components of ecosystem Food chain Energy transfer in ecosystem Nitrogen cycle 10) Classification of eukaryotes and prokaryotes Basis for classification Principles of modern classification systems 11) The transport/circulatory system Modes of transport in plants and animals Transport vessels in plants Open and closed circulatory systems Vessels of circulatory system Composition of blood Globin molecules Transport of oxygen Structure and physiology of mammalian heart Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 10 . Structure and synthesis of ATP Electron Transport Chain Glycolysis and Kreb’s Cycle Aerobic and anaerobic respiration 7) Nuclear division (mitosis) Chromosome structure Cell cycle Stages of mitosis Cancer 8) Meiosis.
12) Gaseous exchange Principles of gaseous exchange Gaseous exchange in plants and animals Anatomy and physiology of human lung 13) Nutrition Modes of nutrition Nutrition in plants Nutrition in animals Anatomy and physiology of human digestive system Diseases of malnutrition 14) Homeostasis Osmoregulation Thermoregulation Excretion in plants and animals Anatomy and physiology of human excretory system 15) Coordination and control Coordination and control in plants Plant hormones Coordination and control in animals Nervous system in animals Basic physiology of human nervous system Endocrine system in humans 16) Reproduction Modes of reproduction Reproduction in plants Reproduction in animals Anatomy and physiology of human reproductive system 17) Infectious diseases Global impact of infectious diseases Modes of transmission of infectious diseases Case study of Hepatitis B. TB and Cholera Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 11 . Malaria. Aids.
18) Immunity Types and salient features of immune responses Role of B and T cells in generating an immune response Role of memory cells Antibody structure and function Vaccination and disease eradication 19) Photosynthesis The energy transfer process Light dependent reactions of photosynthesis Leaf structure and function Chloroplast structure and function Factors necessary for photosynthesis 20) Selection and evolution Role of sexual reproduction in generating variations Overproduction Natural selection and allele frequencies Natural selection as an evolutionary force Artificial selection Evolution of isolated species 21) Biotechnology Restriction endonucleases Cloning vectors Gene cloning (recombinant DNA) PCR Electrophoresis DNA sequencing Transgenic organisms Gene therapy Genetically modified plants and bacteria Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 12 .
heats of vaporization.LUMS School of Science & Engineering Admissions Test Chemistry syllabus Content: 1) Atoms. phase changes and phase diagrams 4) Thermochemistry Forms of energy. work and the first and second laws of thermodynamics Heats of reaction and enthalpy changes Hess’ law of heat summation and calculating heats of reaction from standard enthalpies of formation Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 13 . viscosity and colligative properties of solutions etc. general characteristics. sublimation. critical temperatures and pressures. gas laws. molecules and ions Atomic theories of matter Electron configuration and related laws/principles The periodic table – General trends of chemical/physical properties of elements Quantum numbers and their significance Covalent and ionic compounds and their general properties 2) Chemical bonds Theories of chemical bonding Hybridization of atomic orbitals to form molecular orbitals and their geometries Sigma and pi bonds Non-covalent interactions 3) States of matter Gases – Kinetic-molecular theories. their inter-conversions and quantitative determination Internal energy. surface tensions. Solids – melting points and heats of fusion. vapor pressures. phase changes. ideal gas behavior and deviations from ideal gas law Liquids – intermolecular interactions.
functional groups. pKa/pKb and their significance in acid base reactions Acid/base titrations Buffer solutions and their significance 9) Electrochemistry Ionization and electrical conductivity Standard redox potentials and half-cell reactions Balancing redox equations Non-standard-state cell potentials 10) Introductory Organic Chemistry Nomenclature.5) Chemical reactions Stoichiometry and the mole concept The concept of molarity. bases and buffers Definitions of acids and bases Conjugate acids and bases pH. Arrhenius equation and reaction rate laws Reaction mechanisms and rate of reactions 7) Chemical equilibrium The dynamic nature of equilibrium Reversible reactions and the equilibrium constant Effect of changing concentration. Ka/Kb. decomposition. structure and isomerism of simple organic compounds Copyright © 2010-2011 LUMS SSE 14 . pressure and temperature Le Chatelier’s principle Calculations involving chemical equilibrium 8) Acids. Examples of combination. molality and normality Reactions in aqueous solutions. single replacement and double replacement reactions Exothermic and endothermic reactions 6) Rates of chemical reactions Factors affecting reaction rates Collision theory of reaction rates Activation energy.
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