The physical sciences section of the MCAT test is designed to assess an individual's knowledge of a variety of basic scientific concepts related to chemistry and physics. The chemistry topics covered in the physical sciences section of the MCAT test include electronic structure, the periodic table, bonding, phases and phase equilibria, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. The physics topics covered in the physical sciences section of the MCAT test include translational motion, force and motion, equilibrium and momentum, work and energy, waves and periodic motion, sound, fluids and solids, electrostatics, electromagnetism, electronic circuits, light and optics, and questions about atomic and nuclear structure. This section of the exam also covers a variety of other general topics related to the physical sciences, including mass, length, time, the role of measurement, the role of experimentation, graphing techniques, numerical estimation, units and unit conversion, error analysis, and techniques for checking equations. The questions included in the physical sciences section of the MCAT test are not designed to determine if an individual has an in-depth knowledge of each topic, but are instead designed to determine if an individual has a basic understanding of the material. As a result, it is more important for an individual to understand the key concepts related to each topic covered on the exam than it is for that individual to have an advanced understanding of a particular topic.
Last Updated: 04/23/2012