Integrated Sequence Physics Chemistry Organic Biology

Module 2

Main Progression - Rotation, Simple Harmonic Motion, Elastic Properties of Solids, Fluid Mechanics, and Waves.

Review & Preview - Make a second complete survey of Physics aiming for broad familiarity.

Knowledge Mapping - A special interdisciplinary theme this module is the importance of Fluid Mechanics to understanding the Human Cardiovascular System.

Verbal Reasoning and Essay - Reading program and Verbal Reasoning exercises. Learn the Wisebridge method for writing critical MCAT essays.

Main Progression

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Assignments

 Before watching the videos and performing the other assignments orient yourself to Rotation using the MCAT Primer, your basic terms Crossword Puzzle, Solution and online drill at the Question Server. Master the Concept and Question cards for Rotation of the physics cards. Many students will find this step to be helpful before watching the videos. Read the Examkrackers Physics discussion on Torque, pp. 40-41. Answer problems 57-64 on pp 42-43. Review the Rotation external resources within the Learning Center. The HyperPhysics links in this chapter are highly recommended. For torque and moment of inertia, the tutorial from the University of Guelph is very good.
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Goals

 Be prepared to define angular displacement, angular velocity, and angular acceleration. Be able to solve simple rotational kinematics problems. Understand how to discuss the moments of inertia of different rigid bodies around a fixed axis, and be able to compute the torque of a rotation causing force. Understand the relationship of torque and moment of inertia in predicting angular acceleration. Be prepared to apply the concepts of work and energy to rotation. Understand the Conservation of Angular Momentum, not only for the case of the rigid, rotating body but also for describing the movement of a particle relative to a fixed point in space.
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 Orient yourself to the conceptual field of Simple Harmonic Motion by browsing the terminology and images within the MCAT Primer, complete the basic terms Crossword Puzzle (Solution) and perform an online drill at the Question Server. Master the Concept and Question cards for Harmonic Motion from the physics cards. Read about simple harmonic motion in Examkrackers Physics pp 108-109 and perform questions 137,138,142,143,144 on page 113 Finish your Main Progression work on Harmonic Motion with a review tour of the Harmonic Motion external resources in the Learning Center.
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Goals

 Become comfortably fluent in the language of simple harmonic motion. For example, be able to explain what a 'radian per second' means when talking about a mass-spring. Understand Hooke's Law in a straightforward way. For example, be able to tell the S.I. units of the spring constant. Comfortably describe the phase relationship of displacement, velocity, and acceleration of a mass-spring or pendulum as well as the energy description of these oscillators. Be capable of predicting the frequency of a mass-spring or a pendulum based on its intrinsic properties.
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 Before getting started with the rest of your assignments, browse Elasticity in the MCAT Primer, perform your basic terms Crossword Puzzle (Solution) and perform an online drill at the Question Server. Remember that the Level 3 terminology is required for the MCAT. Above that level represents a good supplement for MCAT passages. Study the Elasticity PDF Chapter. Reinforce with conceptual discussion on pp 91-92 of Examkrackers Physics. Perform the Elasticity Practice Items Here is the Answer Key. For supplemental practice problems perform 113-120 on page 95 in Examkrackers Physics. Work through the Concept and Question cards for Elasticity from the physics cards. Close the circle with a review tour of the Elasticity resources in the Learning Center.
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 Master basic problem solving using Young's modulus, shear modulus and bulk modulus. Recognize and understand the meaning of the yield point and the breaking point. Define elastic hysteresis and damping.
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Videos

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 Browse Fluid Mechanics in the MCAT Primer to get warmed up and then try to do your basic terms Crossword Puzzle (Solution) in one sitting. Perform online drill with the vocabulary at the Question Server. You want to have the basic terminology in hand before watching the videos. Study the Fluid Mechanics PDF Chapter. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions in Examkrackers Physics, pp 73-88 Perform the problems in the Fluid Mechanics Practice Items. Here is the Answer Key. Supplement with problems problems 97-112, pp 73-88 in Examkrackers Physics. Take a review tour of the Fluid Mechanics resources in the Learning Center. Ensure mastery with the Concept and Question cards for Fluid Mechanics from the physics cards. See if you can comfortably work through the question cards.
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Goals

 Become comfortable with the concepts of density and pressure. Be capable of fluently performing operations with density and pressure units. Understand Pascal's Law and learn to solve siimple problems such as the hydraulic press. Possess conceptual and quantitative problem solving mastery with Archimedes Principle. Understand how to set up buoyant force problems for both floating and submerged objects. Master the two primary tools for describing the flow of an ideal fluid: the Continuity of Volume Flux and Bernoulli's Law. Be able to explain viscosity in terms of the internal dynamics of a real fluid. Understand how to employ the Reynold's number to predict turbulent flow. Be prepared to recognize Poiseullie's Law if given the formula on an MCAT passage and understand how to apply it.
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 Orient yourself to the basic terminology and conceptual space of Waves before proceeding with the rest of your assignments. Browse the terminology and images within the MCAT Primer, complete the basic terms Crossword Puzzle (Solution) and perform an online drill at the Question Server. Study the Concept and Question cards for Waves from the physics cards either online or with the printed version. Reach the stage to be able to comfortably work through the problems with a deep familiarity. Study the Waves PDF Chapter. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions in Examkrackers Physics, pp 97-106 Perform the problems in the Waves Practice Items. Here is the Answer Key. Supplement with problems problems 121-136 pp 97-106 in Examkrackers Physics. Take a review tour of the Waves resources in the Learning Center.
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Goals

 Understand the fundamental definition of a wave, and be prepared to distinguish transverse and longitudinal waves and assign the different common types of waves to either category. Be capable of comfortably describing harmonic waves using proper language and comfortably solving basic wave problems involving wavelength, wave speed, period and frequency. Understand how mechanical waves propagate due to the elastic properties of their particular medium. Be able to explain why mechanical waves in a fluid medium must be longitudinal. Understand how changes in tension and linear density affect the speed of waves on a stretched string. Be able to describe sound waves both in terms of pressure changes and particle displacements within the medium and describe the roles played by bulk modulus and density ind determining the speed of a sound wave. Be able to distinguish sound intensity and loudness and solve basic problems involving the decibel scale. Be prepared to explain the Doppler effect in clear, simple language. Comprehend how the principle of superposition determines the interference of waves sharing a medium and how beats result from interference. Be able to determine the beat frequency. Be able to conceptualize how standing waves are created and describe how the boundary conditions of a stretched string (with fixed ends) and an air column (open at one or both ends) play a role in determining the properties of the standing waves that they may contain.
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Preview & Review

Assignments

 Browse your Examkrackers Physics book from beginning to end. Study the table of contents. Read the bold headings and the formulas. Look at the figures. Get a bird's eye view on Physics. (You can do this assignment just as well using other learning materials, such as those from Berkeley, Kaplan or TPR). By the end of this course you will have a strong imprint of what every page looks like in this book. You want to get as many cycles through it as you can. As in the first module of the course, spend some time practicing with the WikiPremed outline of physics HERE to make sure you can reproduce the outline in full if given a blank sheet of paper. Sit down and try to write it out until you can do it!
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Goals

 Keep working on your ability to outline physics. Make sure you can outline Physics in a clear, conversational manner: Mechanics, Waves, Thermodynamics, Electricity & Magnetism, Light & Optics, Modern Physics, Nuclear Physics and then going further to the subtopic level within each of these topics. Within Mechanics, for example, you have Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work & Energy, Momentum & Impulse, Rotation, Harmonic Motion, Elasticity, & Fluid Mechanics. Hold yourself accountable for having a mental picture of the field of reference for each subtopic. Try to think of the simplest situation describing the phenomena. What is the simple model system for each subtopic?
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Knowledge Mapping

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 Read the Coaching Discussions associated with the Main Progression topics of Rotation, Harmonic Motion, Elasticity, Fluid Mechanics and Waves. Start HERE and proceed by clicking 'Next Discussion'.
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 Relate the special topics in mechanics: Rotation, Harmonic Motion, Elasticity, and Fluid Mechanics to the more fundamental topics: Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work, Power & Energy, and Momentum & Impulse.
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Verbal Reasoning

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Two or three times this for this module, sit down for one half hour and read from the following works in the category of PHILOSOPHY. With the Santayana, which is a long work, read the first ten pages. Practice reading carefully and slowly. Find the voice in the writing Find the structure of argument. Don't zone out. This is exercise in sustaining attention and concentration. Grip down with your attention and don't let go.

 accessible Walking - Henry David Thoreau moderate Terminus: of the Interpretation of Nature - Francis Bacon difficult The Life of Reason - George Santayana
Let's practice being an MCAT test writer. In this exercise, write a 'correct' and an 'incorrect' answer corresponding to questions following a typical verbal reasoning passage. Pretend you are part of a committee making the test, and your job is to write a 'best answer' and a 'second best' (tricky but wrong) answer. We will do this exercise often throughout the course to help you understand the nuances of the Verbal Reasoning questions. Print and complete this exercise. Click Here.
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Essay

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 Read the WikiPremed guide to Writing the MCAT Essay. Arrange a clear, undisturbed half hour to write an essay. Use your word processor. Click Here for your essay topic for module two. Don't advance to page 2 until you are ready to begin writing.
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 Understand how to imagine a dialogue or debate as a generative device for writing MCAT essays.
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