The MCAT 2015 Prep Course

MCAT LESSONS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED – check them out below! We’ve also added MCAT PRACTICE QUESTIONS to the end of each MCAT lesson.

What we’re working on: We’re finishing up practice questions, the chemistry section, a MCAT study timeline/calendar and making page-to-page navigation more intuitive.

Starting in June, we’ll be creating our own video lectures for each and every MCAT topic (they’ll replace the currently scattered YouTube videos). And as always, this prep course will remain free-to-use.

Biomolecules

Before we can study cells and organ systems, we have to understand what they’re made out of. Knowing about the unique properties of biomolecules (enzymes, proteins, DNA, lipids, etc) will allow us to understand how they function as the materials used to create cells. What’s new for the MCAT 2015 is the focus on biochemistry, which we cover in-depth from sections 9 to sections 12.

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Cells & Cellular Activity

Cells are the building blocks of life. Understanding the structure and properties of cells will allow us to understand how they interact with each other and how that interaction allows them to serve as the building blocks of life. We’ll take a look at what makes up a cell, what types of cells there are, and the different types of cell production.

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Organ Systems

The harmonious integration of several organ systems allow us to maintain a stable condition despite changing external conditions. It also gives us the opportunity to grow and reproduce. There are many regulatory mechanisms that allow for the harmonious functioning of organs systems. We will take a look at each system and examine how their interaction is controlled and influenced.

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Physics

Many of the processes that occur in the human body are influenced by physics. What determines the flow rate of blood through the various types of vessels? Physics. What determines the behavior of gas exchange in the lungs? Physics again. Understanding the key physics principles enable us to understand the processes occurring in the human body.

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Chemistry

The behavior of solutions, thermodynamics, molecular structure, intermolecular interactions, molecular dynamics, and molecular reactivity all provide a framework for understanding how chemical reactions shape the complex exchange occurring in the human body. We will take a look at the pertinent physical and organic principles of chemistry for the MCAT 2015.

Physical

    • Section 1: Stoichiometry
    • Section 2: Electronic Structure
    • Section 3: Bonding Types (VSEPR)
    • Section 4: Dot Structure & Formal Charge
    • Section 5: Periodic Table Trends
    • Section 6: Rate Reactions
    • Section 7: Thermodynamics & Thermochemistry
    • Section 8: Solubility Equilibria
    • Section 9: Acid/Base Equilibria

Organic

    • Section 9: Lab Techniques
    • Section 10: Aldhydes & Ketones
    • Section 11: Alcohols & Phenols
    • Section 12: Carboxylic Acids
    • Section 13: Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
    • Section 14: Alpha-Carbon Reactions
    • Section 15: Proteins & Enyzmes
    • Section 16: Nucleic Acids, Lipids & Carbs
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Processing the Environment

The way we process and react to the world can be seen in both a biological and psychological basis. We must first sense, then perceive, and finally react to the stimuli in our environment. We will be taking a look at each step in this progression and learn the factors that influence each step of our interaction with the stimuli we receive from the environment.

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Human Behavior

Human behavior is highly complex and can greatly vary across individuals, even if the situation they’re presented with is the same. We take a look at the psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors that influence human behavior to learn why people behave the way they do. From there, we look at how behavior changes in a group situation and how behavior can be altered.

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People & Society

The way we view ourselves and others is influenced by the society that we are in. We will look at the psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors that influence how we view ourselves, others, and society. We will learn the elements that make up a society, including culture, structure, and demographics. We’ll also look at the inequality that results from these elements.

People

Society

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