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Memorizing kinematic equations

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Tribeca, May 9, 2007.

  1. Tribeca

    Tribeca Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    Triangle Below Canal
    I have a hard time memorizing kinematic equations (it didn't help that our Physics I prof let us use "cheat sheets" during exams).

    To be more exact, when doing a problem, I can't pull a specific equation off my head without writing all of them down first. Only then can I see which one I need. Any tips?

    Thanks in advance! :)
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  3. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Try using flashcards to study. That'll force you to pull them individually from memory.
  4. cheezer

    cheezer Guest

    Sorry, far from taking the MCAT, so I don't know if you have scratch space...but on physics tests, I used to write down all the equations I remembered right when I had pen and (test) paper. Then on each problem I'd identify the variables and just look at the set of equations. I did that for homeworks too. It's only after all that that I started being able to pull specific equations off my head. It's just a matter of practice.
  5. poly800rock

    poly800rock Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    i'd go for flashcards and repetition. more for repetition, if you don't memorize them from practice problems, you probably didn't do enough practice problems. But flashcards saved my butt for decay, it took me forever to memorize those damn things.
  6. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Well, like you said, you can always just write the three (main) ones down on your scratch paper...yes, you do get scratch paper cheezer.

    For the real thing, I'm prett sure I didn't have any kinematics problems. Unfortunetly, the MCAT goes for the tougher physics concepts and doesn't give us nice plug-n-chug problems most of the time.

    The real secret to memorize these equations is just to DO PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Find the projectile motion section of the book, find the ramp problems, do practice problems til your head hurts. After doing enough problems, these equations will be permanently rooted in your memory (I know they are rooted in mine).

    g/l to you
  7. HristosKaran

    HristosKaran Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2006

    I was going to start a thread about this...for those of you who have already taken the MCAT this year, how much Kinematics did you find on it and how indepth did they go? The reason I'm asking is Kinematics is not my strong suit, so I'm wondering how much more time I should put into it...I have the basics down from using this website and Kaplan, but nothing to brilliant lol
  8. dedicate

    dedicate took mcat, now applying 7+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Some useful tips. I'm having trouble recalling the kinematics equations rapidly as well.

    Anyone else have any helpful suggestions?
  9. sagtig

    sagtig 2+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    kaplan review has mnemonics for them, something like

    and a third one I don't remember...

    but as far as kinematics is concerned... it is tested on the MCAT, first time I took it, we had a Projectile Motion problem...

    projectile motion is pretty popular material for the mcat
  10. DrJMR

    DrJMR 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2010


  11. frescoengano

    frescoengano 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2007
    you should have a physics equation sheet (make one if you don't have one) and keep writing it...it will come...and be sure to write down all the formulas during the tutorial. it helps.

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