How to Use the Syllabus

Module 1

Main Progression - Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work Energy & Power, and Momentum & Impulse. These are the foundation subjects of mechanics.

Review & Preview - Take a tour of Physics as a whole. Review the structure of Physics and the main ideas throughout the discipline.

Knowledge Mapping - Get the fundamental concepts of mechanics talking together. Preview gravitational and electrostatic systems from the point of view of mechanics.

Essay & Verbal Reasoning - Take a Verbal Reasoning practice section. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses in for the different types of verbal reasoning questions. Write your first essay.

Main Progression

Videos

Assignments


Browse the figures and the Kinematics Terminology in the MCAT Primer before beginning your main assignments. As we go through the course, you need to take this time at the beginning of each topic to establish the field of reference before watching the videos or completing the other work. After about fifteen minutes of study, ensure familiarity with the basic Kinematics vocabulary by completing the fundamental terms Crossword Puzzle without pausing. Here is the Solution The MCAT Primer vocabulary is also available for online drill at the Question Server.
Study the Concept and Question Kinematics cards of the WikiPremed physics cards. The Physics Videos rely on this content fairly heavily, so it may be helpful to make it through at least one cycle before watching the video for Kinematics. Although all of the cards are online, the printed version seems to help many maintain better focus.
Carefully study the WikiPremed Kinematics Chapter. Click to download. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions on Kinematics in Examkrackers Physics, pp 1-16. (Note - we are saving the chapter exams in Examkrackers for a later study cycle in the course).
Perform the Kinematics Practice Items, and for supplemental practice, perform questions 1-24 in Examkrackers Physics, pp 1-16. Here is the Answer Key for the problem set.
Review the Web Resources for Kinematics at the topic level in the learning center. Click "Next Topic" to scroll through the topic level. The HyperPhysics links in this chapter are highly recommended, as are the PY105 notes.
 

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Goals


Be able to define displacement, velocity, and acceleration in clear, conversational language.
Reproduce the four equations of kinematics from memory and achieve facility in solving straightforward quantitative problems.
Be able to explain the difference between vector and scalar quantities and perform basic vector operations.
Describe how an object may accelerate yet still have a constant speed.
Be capable of fluently applying the concepts of uniform circular motion and projectile motion for problem solving.

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Videos

Assignments


Browse the images and formulas and study the Newton's Laws vocabulary (at least through Level 3) in the MCAT Primer. Test yourself on the basic terms with the Crossword Puzzle for Newton's Laws. See if you can complete it without pausing. Here is the Solution. You can also work on the Newton's Laws vocabulary online at the Question Server.
Establish mastery of the fundamentals with the Concept and Question cards for Newton's Laws from either the online or printed version of the physics cards.
Study the Newton's Laws Chapter. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions in Examkrackers Physics, pp 17-38 (All of Lecture 2 and the 1st section of Lecture 3).
Perform the Newton's Laws Practice Items, and for supplemental practice, questions 25-56 in Examkrackers Physics, pp 17-38. Here is the Answer Key for the problem set.
Finish your Main Progression work on Newton's Laws with a review tour of the Newton's Laws external resources in the Learning Center. This time the link will send you to the Chapter Level in the Learning Center, so click through the topics to scroll through the topic specific web resources. The Web Resources are at the Topic Level, not the Chapter Level in the Learning Center. HyperPhysics is highly recommended, as are the PY105 notes. The Monterey multimedia presentations are excellent, especially if physics has not been a strength in the past.

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Goals


Gain the ability to clearly recall and express Newton's Laws of Motion in plain English.
Pay special attention to Newton's Second Law, understanding the basic relationship between force interactions and changes in an object's state of motion.
Move beyond the traditional 'contact forces' of mechanics to include an understanding of the classical fundamental forces and their relationship to Newton's Laws. Compare and contrast the gravitational force and the electrostatic force.
Be able to distinguish mass and weight.
Become comfortable solving problems involving kinetic and static friction.
Understand how to construct free body diagrams, especially for classic model problems such as the inclined plane, the elevator, and objects suspended from multiple cables.

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Videos

Assignments


Browse the images and formulas and study the Work, Energy & Power vocabulary (at least through Level 3) in the MCAT Primer. Perform a final drill with the question mask. Then test yourself on the basic terms with the Crossword Puzzle. Here is the Solution. You can also work on the vocabulary online at the Question Server. Try to get a clear sense of the conceptual space of the topic.
Make one or two thorough cycles through the Concept and Question cards for Work & Energy from the WikiPremed Physics Cards using either the printed or the online version.
Study the Work & Energy PDF Chapter. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions in Examkrackers Physics, pp 45-51 and pp 60-62.
Perform the Work & Energy Practice Items Here is the Answer Key. For supplemental practice problems 65-72 (pp 45-51) and 81-88 (pp 60-62) in Examkrackers Physics.
Finish your Main Progression work on Work, Energy & Power with a review tour of the Work, Energy, and Power resources in the Learning Center. Go topic by topic.

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Goals


Understand the definition of mechanical work and comprehend the relationship between the direction of the force and displacement vectors in determining the work performed.
Master basic quantitative problem solving involving potential and kinetic energy. Be able to verbalize the relationships.
Be able to imaginatively visualize changes in potential energy in such systems as an object near the earth's surface, a mass-spring, and basic electrostatic systems.
Understand what is meant by 'binding energy'.
Explain the difference between conservative and non-conservative forces.
Understand the principles underlying force multiplication with simple machines such as levers and pulleys.
Master basic problem solving using the concept of power within different contexts.

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Videos

Assignments


Browse the images and formulas and study the Momentum & Impulse vocabulary (at least through Level 3) in the MCAT Primer. Use the question mask for a final drill and then test yourself on the basic terms with the Crossword Puzzle. Here is the Solution. You can also work on the vocabulary online at the Question Server.
Study the Momentum & Impulse PDF Chapter. Reinforce with the conceptual discussions in Examkrackers Physics, pp 53-57.
Perform the problems in the Momentum & Impulse Practice Items. Here is the Answer Key. Supplement with problems 73-80 on pp. 58-59 in Examkrackers Physics.
Take a review tour of the Momentum & Impulse resources in the Learning Center.
Ensure mastery with the Concept and Question cards for Momentum & Impulse from the physics cards. See if you can comfortably work through the question cards.

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Goals


Be able to define momentum in a conceptual, intuitive way, i.e. not only as 'product of mass and velocity' but as an impetus.
Apply the Impulse-Momentum Theorem both as a tool for quantitative problem-solving and as a conceptual framework. Be able to explain what it means to say 'force is the rate of change of momentum'.
Be capable of applying Conservation of Momentum to understand change within a variety of mechanical systems.
Be comfortable distinguishing elastic, inelastic, and perfectly inelastic collisions and solve basic quantitative problems involving these types of collisions.

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Review & Preview

Assignments


Read and test yourself on the Level 1 questions for Physics in the MCAT Primer. Browse through the image gallery in the right column through multiple cycles. Work to get a bird's eye view of Physics. Mechanics, Waves, Thermodynamics, Electricity & Magnetism, Light & Optics, Modern Physics, Nuclear Physics. Set your pace to take no more than 2 hours.
Follow this LINK to a memory drill for outlining Physics. 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


Gain the ability to Outline Physics at the main topic level. Be able to reproduce the outline from memory.
Be able to clearly picture the model phenomena described within each main topic of Physics and describe at least one or two main concepts from each topic.

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Knowledge Mapping

Assignments


Start HERE and click 'Next Discussion' to carefully study the Coaching Discussions associated with the chapters of Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Momentum & Impulse, and Work, Power & Energy. As you read an Interdisciplinary Discussion, pause to think about the conceptual bridges between the topics associated with it, listed on the left. Visit the Chapter outlines of each topic in the Learning Center to help visualize the subject matter. How are the different scientific ideas related to the discussion?
Use the architectural relationships in the Concept Map from the MCAT Primer to help you picture the relationships of the scientific ideas and structure your knowledge base. The figures will help you structure and deepen your knowledge base with the methods of Concept Mapping and Memory Palace.

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Goals


Be capable of describing how the fundamental topics of Mechanics fit together.
Be prepared to discuss basic mechanics within a constant force environment, whether the force is gravitational or electrostatic. What is the constant force system for each type of force?
Apply the ideas of mechanical work and potential energy to begin developing the concept of binding energy for simple gravitational and electrostatic systems.

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Verbal Reasoning

Assignments


Read the WikiPremed treatment of Verbal Reasoning on the MCAT.
Read Lecture 1 in Examkrackers Verbal Reasoning and take the 1st 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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Begin learning how to recognize verbal reasoning questions by type: Main Idea, Author's Tone, Thematic Extension, Specific Inference and Facts & Information
Verbal Reasoning Tip of the Week
Difficult Verbal Reasoning questions often settle down to two answers. The best answer seems hard to choose from t he two. To get unstuck, don't look for the BEST answer. Try choosing the LEAST WORST.

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Essay

Assignments


Arrange an undisturbed half hour for yourself to write an essay. In the new computer based MCAT format, the essay is composed on-screen rather than on paper, so use your word processing program to compose the essay. Click Here to download a PDF file containing your essay topic for module one. Don't advance to page 2 until you are ready to begin writing.

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Get a feel for the MCAT writing assignment. This will help you develop the flow of your writing and help you better understand the problem of the MCAT essay. This way you will be able to approach our specific MCAT Essay Method in Module 2 critically and take what you need from it.

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MECHANICS & WAVES
MCAT course 
syllabus module 1
Kinematics
Newton's Laws
Work, Energy, & Power
Momentum & Impulse
MCAT course syllabus module 2
Rotation  
Harmonic Motion
Elastic Properties of Solids
Fluid Mechanics
Waves
FUNDAMENTAL FORCES
MCAT course syllabus module 3
Gravitation
Electricity
THE STRUCTURE OF MATTER
MCAT course 
syllabus module 4
Atomic Theory
Periodic Properties
The Chemical Bond
Intermolecular Forces
MCAT course syllabus module 5
Functional Groups
Stereochemistry
THERMODYNAMICS & KINETICS
MCAT course syllabus module 6
Temperature & Heat Flow
Ideal Gas & Kinetic Theory
1st Law of Thermodynamics
Stoichiometry
Thermochemistry
MCAT course syllabus module 7
2nd Law & Heat Engines
Chemical Thermodynamics
The States of Matter
Orgo Physical Properties
Chemical Kinetics
AQUEOUS SYSTEMS
MCAT course syllabus module 8
Water
Solutions
Acids & Bases
Organic Acids & Bases
ORGANIC REACTION CHEMISTRY
MCAT course syllabus module 9
Nucleophiles & Electrophiles
Rearrangements
Radical Intermediates
Conjugation & Aromaticity
Alkanes
Alkenes  optional
Alkynes  optional
Alkyl Halides
Allylic Conjugation
Aromatic Compounds  optional
Alcohols & Ethers
Aldehydes & Ketones
Carboxylic Acids
Amines
Phosphorus Compounds
Sulfur Compounds
MCAT course 
syllabus module 10Overall Review
BIOMOLECULES
MCAT course syllabus module 11
Proteins
Carbohydrates
Nucleic Acids
Lipids
THE CELL
Biological Membranes
The Prokaryotic Cell
The Eukaryotic Cell
BIOENERGETICS & BIOSYNTHESIS
MCAT course syllabus module 12
Coordination Chemistry
Oxidation/Reduction
Redox in Organic Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Cellular Respiration
Photosynthesis  optional
Integration of Metabolism
GENETICS & REPRODUCTION
MCAT course syllabus module 13
Gene Expression
Cellular Reproduction
Mendelian Genetics
Recombination & Mutation
Molecular Biology Lab
Human Genetics
DIVERSITY OF LIFE
MCAT course syllabus module 14
Viruses
Bacteria & Archaea
Protista  taxonomy optional
Fungi
Plants  optional
Animals  taxonomy optional
Embryology
MCAT course 
syllabus module 15
Tissues & Histology
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Nervous System
Sensory Systems
Endocrine System
Musculoskeletal System
Cardiovascular System
Blood
Respiratory System
Lymphatic System & Immunity
Urinary System
Digestive System
Reproductive System
POPULATION BIOLOGY
MCAT course syllabus module 16
Evolution
Ecology
ELECTROMAGNETISM, LIGHT, & MODERN PHYSICS
MCAT course syllabus module 17
Electricity
DC Current
Magnetism
Electomagnetic Induction
AC Current
MCAT course syllabus module 18
Properties of Light
Geometric Optics
Wave Optics
MCAT course syllabus module 19
Modern Physics  relativity optional
Molecular Spectroscopy
Nuclear Physics
MCAT course 
syllabus module 20Overall Review
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