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# Cracking the MCAT with Practice Questions on CD-ROM

**by**PRINCETON REVIEW

### 9780375763526

037576352X

Trade Paper

6/1/2004

Princeton Review

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## Summary

If It's on the MCAT, It's in This Book Cracking the MCAT, the definitive preparation guide for the Medical College Admissions Test, is a thorough and systematic review of all the MCAT science and verbal skills you will need to know to score higher on the exam. All topics in the physical and biological sciences are presented with sample problems, labeled illustrations, charts, and diagrams to maximize your learning. To reinforce your knowledge of the material and sharpen your test-taking skills, this guide also includes: -Hundreds of practice questions throughout the book with answer explanations -Simulated MCAT passages just like the ones you'll find on the exam -Substantive practice tied to every concept reviewed, followed by detailed solutions -Special sections on MCAT essays and a review of essential mathematics This edition of Cracking the MCAT includes a free CD-ROM with more than 1,000 practice MCAT questions. Answering these practice questions will not only strengthen your mastery of MCAT science, but will also provide you with the test-taking experience you'll need for success on the exam. There is no better way to improve your MCAT score than with this comprehensive review book and practice CD-ROM.

## Table of Contents

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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