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Physics formulas that are a must?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Angel_Eyes, Jul 14, 2002.

  1. Angel_Eyes

    Angel_Eyes Member 10+ Year Member

    I am taking the MCAT this August and have started studying the dreaded physical science section. I am taking Ochem this summer so that should be all the studing I need for that, anyhow...what physics formulas and topics should I spend the most time on??
    projectile motion? resistors? electricity? Thermo? kinematic equations?
    Any input would be great...THANKS!!:D
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  3. kam730

    kam730 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    I defenitely recall questions about projectile motion, thus requiring kinematics. Cant really remember any more specifics.
  4. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    all of those, and i would include buoyancy, doppler effect, lens/mirror equations, and wave formulas (I had alot of those on my form of the MCAT)
  5. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    Did you all get any more than one passage on mechanics? I know more than likely there is going to be one, but have you all seen more than one on a test?

  6. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    35 miles from Pomona
    My opinion and my experience tells me that it's better to focus LESS on the formulas and focus MORE on understanding the principles. I took the April MCAT and was a little surprised at how straightforward the questions were (I didn't say easy, just straightforward).

    Don't kill yourself trying to memorize every formula. Some might be necessary (like centripetal force, Hooke's Law, etc.), but don't count on it. Exhaust your brain by understanding the concepts first, then try and tie in the formulas.
  7. Gradient Echo

    Gradient Echo Banned Banned

    Jul 12, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I agree with toejam, its very easy to confuse formulas and misapply them when you dont learn them in context
  8. alankar

    alankar Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2000
    , USA
    If you know all the formulas you can derieve most of the conceptual questions . Make sure what the equations are and how to move variables

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