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    I was wondering are there any topics that show up consistently on the MCAT? For those of you who have preparaed for the MCAT more than once, are there any topics or concepts that you must know? Of course I know that is better to study everything, but I am just curious if there are topics the MCAT loves. Thanks.
     

    Mudd

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      Over the past three years, here is what I have heard students report back:

      physical sciences:
      Optics
      Electrochemical cell
      An reaction that evolves a gas that is collected
      A pendumlum experiment (or spring)
      An RC circuit
      lots of nuclear chemistry/physics

      biological sciences:
      Cystic Fibrosis
      retroviruses
      elctrophoresis experiment
      DNA labeling experiment
      extraction experiment
      SN1 versus SN2 experiment

      The gist is that they love to ask how things work in the PS section and how an experiment works in the BS section. Good luck.
       

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        •••quote:•••Originally posted by Chemistry Boy:
        •Over the past three years, here is what I have heard students report back:

        physical sciences:
        Optics
        Electrochemical cell
        An reaction that evolves a gas that is collected
        A pendumlum experiment (or spring)
        An RC circuit
        lots of nuclear chemistry/physics

        biological sciences:
        Cystic Fibrosis
        retroviruses
        elctrophoresis experiment
        DNA labeling experiment
        extraction experiment
        SN1 versus SN2 experiment

        The gist is that they love to ask how things work in the PS section and how an experiment works in the BS section. Good luck.•••••Yikes! I better look over some of those topics! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
         

        missbonnie

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          Adding my stuff in:

          •••quote:•••Originally posted by Chemistry Boy:
          •Over the past three years, here is what I have heard students report back:

          physical sciences:
          Optics (1 token question)
          Electrochemical cell
          An reaction that evolves a gas that is collected
          A pendumlum experiment (or spring) (simple harmonic motion)
          An RC circuit
          lots of nuclear chemistry/physics
          photo-electric effect (almost ALWAYS on the mcat)

          biological sciences:
          Cystic Fibrosis
          retroviruses
          elctrophoresis experiment
          DNA labeling experiment
          extraction experiment
          SN1 versus SN2 experiment

          The gist is that they love to ask how things work in the PS section and how an experiment works in the BS section. Good luck.•••••The key is to NOT get caught up with the fanciness of the above topics..but to KNOW the underlying basic science they are trying to get at. A large part of the mcat (maybe everything) is to recognize what basic science they are asking ... it is ALWAYS basic. If you are thuinking too hard about, then you are not recognizing the basic science. FOr example, sometimes the orgo strctures they give you are completely huge and monstrous but they questions will only be concerned about a certain functional group. a physics passage could be talking about some way out there experiment, but then the questions will be very basic. my 2 cents
           
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          Mudd

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            Miss Bonnie:

            You are so right on the mark. It seems like they make the passages weird (unfamiliar) just to knock the test-taker off track. Then the questions are actually pretty basic. Nuclear chemistry is a perfect example. The passages talk about matter versus anti-matter, then the questions are basic conservation of charge, momentum, or mass problems. And the huge molecules of which you speak is also so true... always a simple reaction done on an intimidating structure.
             
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