Physics

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jeffbassett87
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Physics

Post by jeffbassett87 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:15 pm

What do you feel is the best way to go about memorizing/knowing how to apply all the physics equations we need to know for the MCAT? I'm struggling to keep all of them straight and knowing which ones to use for a question.
NS_Tutor_Mathias
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Re: Physics

Post by NS_Tutor_Mathias » Sat May 02, 2020 12:06 am

By far the best way is to write them down first, and then start playing with each set of equations, one at a time - and spend time solving problems (possibly even more difficult ones than on the MCAT, like those available from Khan Academy courses or MIT OCW).

There are generally two parts to wielding an equation proficiently:
1. Familiarizing yourself with the assumptions that went into creating it
2. Understanding the quantities involved intuitively by exploring it's use in several situations

I'd like to say there is a particular cheat code to it, but for the most part, you want to actively use them. Once you've done so, they become increasingly easy to recall and understand the limits of their reasonable application. That is really it, to some degree.

Let me know if there is a particular set of equations you're struggling with, I'm always happy to help!
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