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 04-14-2012, 11:39 AM #1 Junior Member     Status Pre-Medical Join Date: Dec 2011 Posts: 8 Which physics is more important for the mcats? SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi all, This is my first post here ...after months of lurking that is... My college offers two different physics course.. can you tell me which one (based on experience etc). that you think is best in preparation for the mcats ? Technical physics or general physics? Here is a quick summary of the difference in my course catalog: Technical Physics I This is a noncalculus-based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. Emphasis is placed on understanding through problem solving. This course is not transferable to most four-year engineering degrees. Topics include vectors, Newton’s law of motion, work, energy, and machines. Second part of this course includes circular motion, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, optics, and electrostatics. General Physics This course is one-year calculus-based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. Emphasis is placed on understanding through problem solving. This course is transferable to four-year engineering degrees. Topics include vectors, Newton’s law of motion, work, energy, rotational motion, and simple harmonic motion. The second part of this course include the laws of gravity and satellite motion, optics,and electromagnetism. Which one seems like it covers the mcats physics topics better? Thanks -Baklava Last edited by Baklava; 04-14-2012 at 12:00 PM.
 04-14-2012, 12:14 PM #2 Senior Member     Join Date: May 2011 Posts: 594 Non calculus based physics for sure--there is no calculus on the MCAT lol
 04-14-2012, 02:30 PM #3 Senior Member     Status: Pre-Medical Join Date: Feb 2012 Location: NY Posts: 444 Some say calc based gives them a stronger understanding and the ability to derive equations they forgot. I took algebra/trig based and am nailing the TBR section tests and feel my understanding is sufficient, I guess we just have to memorize a few more formulas-which is fine for me. Sent from my LePanII using SDN Mobile
 04-14-2012, 03:51 PM #4 Senior Member     Join Date: Mar 2012 Posts: 165 Meh, I think algebra based physics is almost an oxymoron, but the physics on the MCAT is highly simplified, so it doesn't matter for the purposes of wanting to go to med school.
 04-15-2012, 09:48 AM #5 Junior Member   Join Date: Apr 2012 Posts: 22 You'll probably have stronger foundations if you take the calculus-based course, but if you are already crunched on time & workload, you definitely don't need to take it. I'm pretty sure anything you'll need to know on the mcat will be covered in the non-calculus course.
 04-16-2012, 07:22 PM #6 Junior Member     Status Pre-Medical Join Date: Dec 2011 Posts: 8 Thanks for the replies everyone. Last edited by Baklava; 04-16-2012 at 07:35 PM.

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