Integrated Sequence Physics Chemistry Organic Biology

Module 3

Main Progression - Gravitation and Electricity, two of the fundamental forces in nature.

Review & Preview - Take a tour of General Chemistry from beginning to end. Review the structure of General Chemistry and the main ideas throughout the discipline.

Knowledge Mapping - Compare and contrast the gravitational and and electrostatic forces. Integrate these forces within the understanding of mechanics. Discuss the concepts of electrostatic force in such a way as to begin illuminating chemistry (keeping quantum mechanics in mind).

Verbal Reasoning and Essay - Review the types of Verbal Reasoning questions and take a Verbal Reasoning practice exam. Analyze your performance. Write an essay.

Main Progression

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Assignments

 Orient yourself to the basic terminology and conceptual space of Gravitation 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 Gravitation from the physics flashcards. Reinforce with the brief conceptual discussion in Examkrackers Physics pp 23-24 Perform the problems in the Gravitation Practice Items. Here is the Answer Key. Also perform problems 33,35,38 pp 23-24 in Examkrackers Physics. Review the Gravitation external resources within the Learning Center. HyperPhysics is especially good for gravitation.
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Goals

 Memorize the Law of Universal Gravitation. (Knowing the value of the gravitational constant is not important). Demonstrate the ability to solve basic quantitative problems involving gravitational force. Develop an understanding of how an 'inverse square law' force operates in a basic, intuitive way. Be able to describe the concept of gravitational field and understand how to conceptualize the field as a force per unit mass. Also be able to conceptualize the gravitational field as an acceleration. Build the skill to imaginatively visualize changes in the gravitational potential energy between two masses. Understand the 'binding energy' of a gravitational system. Master the related concept of escape velocity. Demonstrate the capability of applying the kinematics and dynamics of uniform circular motion along with the Law of Universal Gravitation to solve problems of circular orbit. Understand how to use Kepler's Laws to predict basic behaviors of orbiting bodies.
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Assignments

 Orient yourself to the model systems and terminology of Electricity 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.. Master the Concept and Question cards for Electricity from physics flashcards. Read the Examkrackers Physics discussion on Electricity, pp. 115-120, the Electrostatics section of lecture 7. Perform the Electrostatic Force Practice Items. Here is the Answer Key. Save the Examkrackers Physics problems on Electrostatic Force for later in the course when we revisit this topic. Finish your Main Progression work on Electricity with a review tour of the Electricity external resources in the Learning Center.
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Goals

 Memorize Coulomb's Law and achieve a good comfort level solving basic quantitative problems involving arrangements of static charges. Master the basic concept of the electric field. Be able to explain the meaning of a 'newton per coulomb' Develop the capability to produce the graphical representation of the electrical fields for point charges, dipoles and charged parallel plates. Be able to model the potential energy changes in electrostatic systems of like and unlike charges. Understand the meaning of the 'binding energy'. Be able to explain the meaning of 'electric potential' or 'voltage' and explain what it means to say that 'a volt is a joule per coulomb'. Understand capacitance not only in the context of traditional capacitors but also in a general sense of capacitance as describing the relationship between the potential function and the geometry of a charge distribution.
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Review & Preview

Assignments

 Read and test yourself on the Level 1 questions for Chemistry in your WikiPremed Book. Browse through the image gallery in the right column through multiple cycles. Work to get a bird's eye view of Chemistry. The structure of matter. Describing chemical change. The range of chemical phenomena. Set your pace to take no more than 2 hours. Keep the WikiPremed Board nearby for concept mapping. Follow this LINK to a memory drill for outlining Chemistry. Work until you can supply the missing topic ten times in a row. Aim to reproduce the outline in full on a blank sheet of paper.
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Goals

 Make sure you can outline General Chemistry in a clear, conversational manner. Hold yourself accountable for having a mental picture of the field of reference for each subtopic of chemistry. Try to think of the simplest situation describing the phenomena. What is the simplest model system that can embody the situation described by main concepts of the topic?
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Knowledge Mapping

Assignments

 Read the Coaching Discussions for Gravitation and Electricity slowly and carefully. Start HERE to begin the Coaching Discussions of Gravitation, clicking 'Next Discussion'. Keep your WikiPremed Board nearby to visualize the concept maps for each discussion. Take a moment to mentally imprint the concept map presented alongside each discussion. Think about the conceptual bridges. Don't skip this phase. Using circles and labeled arrows create your own concept map and set of notes relating Electricity, Work & Energy, Atomic Theory, Periodic Properties, Chemical Bonding, and Intermolecular Force. Draw a large circle around Electricity and Work & Energy and try to formulate a single relevant notation connecting this conceptual node to each of the other topics.
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Goals

Check off your learning goals when completed.
 In classical terms, be prepared to compare and contrast the gravitational force to the electrostatic force. Both verbally and mathematically, be prepared to describe the binding energy of a gravitational system or an electrostatic system (electrostatic systems composed of unlike charges). Learn how to use the classical language of electrostatic potential energy to describe changes in the internal energy of matter at the atomic level, molecular level, and intermolecular level. (Although you always keep in mind that quantum electrodynamics provides a more complete description than classical electrodynamics, the classical model is nevertheless extremely useful).
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Verbal Reasoning

Assignments

 Revisit the WikiPremed treatment of Verbal Reasoning on the MCAT. Read Lecture 2 in Examkrackers Verbal Reasoning and take the 2nd In-Class Exam. Go through the test you completed. Label every question by type in the margin: Main Idea, Author's Tone, Thematic Extension, Specific Inference, or Facts & Information. Which types seem to be giving the most problems? In the ones you missed, how do your chosen answers differ from the correct answers?
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Goals

 Remember the five main types of Verbal Reasoning questions. Main Idea Author's Tone Thematic Extension Specific Inference Facts & Information Verbal Reasoning Tip of the Week The test-writers will almost never have you choose an irresponsible point of view as 'correct'. If an answer choice represents a radical opinion or is very negative, you can eliminate it. A cardinal rule for the test-writers is 'do not offend'.
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Essay

Assignments

 Revisit the WikiPremed guide to Writing the MCAT Essay. Arrange an undisturbed half hour to write an essay. 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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 Gain further understanding of the MCAT Essay as a form of composition.
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