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Contents | |
Acknowledgments | p. vii |
Understanding the MCAT and the MCAT Book | p. 1 |
The MCAT | p. 1 |
Creation and Administration of the Test | p. 1 |
Test Design and Scoring | p. 1 |
Verbal Reasoning | p. 2 |
Scientific Reasoning: The Physical Sciences | p. 2 |
Writing Sample | p. 3 |
Scientific Reasoning: The Biological Sciences | p. 3 |
Cracking the MCAT Book | p. 3 |
Organization | p. 3 |
Chapters Relating to Science | p. 4 |
Chapters Relating to Verbal Reasoning | p. 4 |
Chapters Relating to Writing Sample | p. 4 |
Additional Preparation and Materials | p. 4 |
AAMC Materials | p. 4 |
Courses | p. 5 |
Insights into MCAT Science Components | p. 7 |
MCAT Science Passages and Questions | p. 7 |
Illustration: The Biological Sciences | p. 8 |
Illustration: The Physical Sciences | p. 11 |
Reading, Mathematics, and Memorization | p. 13 |
Reading The Passage | p. 13 |
Mathematics | p. 13 |
Formulas and Laws | p. 14 |
Physics and the MCAT: Conceptual Premises | p. 15 |
Mastery Achieved | p. 15 |
Mastering Units | p. 15 |
SI Units | p. 15 |
Dimensional Consistency | p. 16 |
Mastering Graphs | p. 17 |
The Cartesian Coordinate System (CCS) | p. 17 |
CCS on the MCAT | p. 18 |
Review of Trigonometry | p. 20 |
Measuring Angles in Degrees and Radians | p. 20 |
Pythagorean Theorem | p. 21 |
Trigonometric Functions | p. 21 |
Three Right Triangles of Special Significance | p. 23 |
Translational Motion | p. 27 |
Mastery Achieved | p. 27 |
Vectors | p. 27 |
Scalar Quantities versus Vector Quantities | p. 27 |
Vector Addition and Subtraction | p. 28 |
Component Vectors | p. 33 |
Vectors on the Cartesian Coordinate System | p. 37 |
Distance and Displacement | p. 40 |
Speed and Velocity | p. 41 |
Speed | p. 41 |
Velocity | p. 41 |
Relative Velocity | p. 42 |
Acceleration | p. 44 |
Units of Acceleration | p. 45 |
Acceleration on the Cartesian Coordinate System | p. 46 |
Velocity versus Time | p. 46 |
Acceleration versus Time 48 | |
Uniformly Accelerated Motion Along a Straight Line | p. 49 |
Uniformly Accelerated Motion Along a Straight Line: Equations | p. 50 |
Acceleration and Circular Motion | p. 51 |
Free Fall Motion | p. 54 |
Mastering Projectile Motion | p. 58 |
The Concepts | p. 58 |
The Equations | p. 61 |
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questions | p. 64 |
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanations | p. 66 |
Strategic Analysis of Passage and Questions | p. 67 |
Forces | p. 69 |
Mastery Achieved | p. 69 |
The Phenomenon of Force and Newton's First Law | p. 69 |
Newton's Second Law | p. 69 |
Distinguishing Between Mass and Weight; Weight as Force | p. 70 |
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation | p. 72 |
Net Force | p. 73 |
Summation of Forces | p. 73 |
Newton's Third Law | p. 74 |
Tension | p. 75 |
Vertical and Horizontal Forces | p. 77 |
Motion on an Inclined Plane | p. 79 |
Rotational Motion and Torque | p. 83 |
Friction | p. 84 |
Center of Mass | p. 87 |
Statics: Translational and Rotational Equilibrium | p. 88 |
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questions | p. 91 |
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanations | p. 94 |
Energy, Work, Power, and Momentum | p. 97 |
Mastery Achieved | p. 97 |
Work | p. 97 |
Energy | p. 98 |
Kinetic Energy | p. 99 |
Mechanical Potential Energy | p. 100 |
Work as a Function of Kinetic Energy and Gravitational Potential Energy | p. 100 |
Conservation of Energy | p. 102 |
Mechanical Advantage | p. 102 |
Power | p. 104 |
Linear Momentum | p. 105 |
Conservation of Linear Momentum | p. 106 |
Conservation of Kinetic Energy in Collisions | p. 107 |
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questions | p. 108 |
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanations | p. 11 |
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