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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by WonderBoy, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. WonderBoy

    WonderBoy Physician 10+ Year Member

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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.
     
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  3. Mudd

    Mudd Charlatan & Trouble Maker 7+ Year Member

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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.
     
  4. lady bug

    lady bug 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Chemistry Boy:
    <strong>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.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yikes! I better look over some of those topics! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  5. missbonnie

    missbonnie floating 10+ Year Member

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    Adding my stuff in:

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Chemistry Boy:
    <strong>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.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">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
     
  6. Mudd

    Mudd Charlatan & Trouble Maker 7+ Year Member

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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.
     
  7. missbonnie

    missbonnie floating 10+ Year Member

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    I also wanted to add that is IS important to read the passage (very quick reading anyway) cuz sometimes, a question will be a basic science question but the passage will note an exception (for example) and if you haven't read the passage then you will get it wrong.
     
  8. Wahoo07

    Wahoo07 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Don't forget Archimedes' principle. There seem to be alot of passages on that on all the practice tests I've taken....
     
  9. ofoshoukno

    ofoshoukno Cram it up your cramhole 2+ Year Member

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    bump Bump Bump
     
  10. futuredoctor10

    futuredoctor10 10+ Year Member

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    Yeah I hope so.... I know KE of emitted electron = Ephoton (Hf) - work function by heart now and have seen it so many times on so many of Kaplan & AAMC practice exams. Twice in the PS section of one AAMC exam in fact!
     

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