Cracking the MCAT with Practice Questions on CD-ROM

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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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Understanding the MCAT and the MCAT Bookp. 1
The MCATp. 1
Creation and Administration of the Testp. 1
Test Design and Scoringp. 1
Verbal Reasoningp. 2
Scientific Reasoning: The Physical Sciencesp. 2
Writing Samplep. 3
Scientific Reasoning: The Biological Sciencesp. 3
Cracking the MCAT Bookp. 3
Organizationp. 3
Chapters Relating to Sciencep. 4
Chapters Relating to Verbal Reasoningp. 4
Chapters Relating to Writing Samplep. 4
Additional Preparation and Materialsp. 4
AAMC Materialsp. 4
Coursesp. 5
Insights into MCAT Science Componentsp. 7
MCAT Science Passages and Questionsp. 7
Illustration: The Biological Sciencesp. 8
Illustration: The Physical Sciencesp. 11
Reading, Mathematics, and Memorizationp. 13
Reading The Passagep. 13
Mathematicsp. 13
Formulas and Lawsp. 14
Physics and the MCAT: Conceptual Premisesp. 15
Mastery Achievedp. 15
Mastering Unitsp. 15
SI Unitsp. 15
Dimensional Consistencyp. 16
Mastering Graphsp. 17
The Cartesian Coordinate System (CCS)p. 17
CCS on the MCATp. 18
Review of Trigonometryp. 20
Measuring Angles in Degrees and Radiansp. 20
Pythagorean Theoremp. 21
Trigonometric Functionsp. 21
Three Right Triangles of Special Significancep. 23
Translational Motionp. 27
Mastery Achievedp. 27
Vectorsp. 27
Scalar Quantities versus Vector Quantitiesp. 27
Vector Addition and Subtractionp. 28
Component Vectorsp. 33
Vectors on the Cartesian Coordinate Systemp. 37
Distance and Displacementp. 40
Speed and Velocityp. 41
Speedp. 41
Velocityp. 41
Relative Velocityp. 42
Accelerationp. 44
Units of Accelerationp. 45
Acceleration on the Cartesian Coordinate Systemp. 46
Velocity versus Timep. 46
Acceleration versus Time 48
Uniformly Accelerated Motion Along a Straight Linep. 49
Uniformly Accelerated Motion Along a Straight Line: Equationsp. 50
Acceleration and Circular Motionp. 51
Free Fall Motionp. 54
Mastering Projectile Motionp. 58
The Conceptsp. 58
The Equationsp. 61
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questionsp. 64
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanationsp. 66
Strategic Analysis of Passage and Questionsp. 67
Forcesp. 69
Mastery Achievedp. 69
The Phenomenon of Force and Newton's First Lawp. 69
Newton's Second Lawp. 69
Distinguishing Between Mass and Weight; Weight as Forcep. 70
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitationp. 72
Net Forcep. 73
Summation of Forcesp. 73
Newton's Third Lawp. 74
Tensionp. 75
Vertical and Horizontal Forcesp. 77
Motion on an Inclined Planep. 79
Rotational Motion and Torquep. 83
Frictionp. 84
Center of Massp. 87
Statics: Translational and Rotational Equilibriump. 88
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questionsp. 91
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanationsp. 94
Energy, Work, Power, and Momentump. 97
Mastery Achievedp. 97
Workp. 97
Energyp. 98
Kinetic Energyp. 99
Mechanical Potential Energyp. 100
Work as a Function of Kinetic Energy and Gravitational Potential Energyp. 100
Conservation of Energyp. 102
Mechanical Advantagep. 102
Powerp. 104
Linear Momentump. 105
Conservation of Linear Momentump. 106
Conservation of Kinetic Energy in Collisionsp. 107
Mastery Applied: Practice Passage and Questionsp. 108
Mastery Verified: Answers and Explanationsp. 11
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