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Ch 13: Translational Motion for the MCAT: Help and Review

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The translational motion chapter of this MCAT Help and Review course is the simplest way to master translational motion. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of translational motion.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering MCAT material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn higher scores. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding how to calculate vector and scalar quantities
  • Need an efficient way to learn about translational motion
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers
  • Missed class time and need to catch up
  • Can't access extra MCAT review resources at school

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Translational Motion for the MCAT chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Translational Motion for the MCAT chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any translational motion question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • How do scalars and vectors differ?
  • How do I add vectors?
  • How can I calculate speed, velocity and acceleration?
  • How does air resistance affect a falling object's velocity?
  • What types of graphs can be used to plot free fall motion?

9 Lessons in Chapter 13: Translational Motion for the MCAT: Help and Review
Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

1. Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

In this lesson, we will examine scalars and vectors, learn why it is important to know the difference between the two and why remembering to add a direction to many of your exam answers could be the reason you get it right or wrong.

Speed and Velocity: Concepts and Formulas

2. Speed and Velocity: Concepts and Formulas

Did you know that an object's speed and velocity may not be the same? This lesson describes the concepts of speed and velocity relating to objects in motion. We'll look at a specific example to help learn how to calculate both speed and velocity.

What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

3. What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

This lesson describes the difference between speed, velocity and acceleration. Examples are used to help you understand the concept of acceleration and learn to calculate acceleration with a mathematical formula.

Air Resistance and Free Fall

4. Air Resistance and Free Fall

Through experiments by Galileo and Newton, we can understand why all objects in free-fall experience the same acceleration, ''g''. We can also see why air resistance affects a falling object's velocity and how this can lead to a falling object reaching a terminal velocity.

Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

5. Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

In this lesson, we will dive into doing calculations involving free falling objects. We will begin with a few helpful tips to get started before working through a couple of example problems.

Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

6. Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

Kinematics topics are great for using x, y scatter graphs to visualize motion. In this lesson, we will examine the basic shapes of two different types of graphs of an object in free fall.

Distance Formulas: Calculations & Examples

7. Distance Formulas: Calculations & Examples

Let's go on a road trip! In this lesson, we'll practice calculations involving distance, rate and time. We'll also look at how we determine the relationship between distance and fuel.

How to Solve Problems with Time

8. How to Solve Problems with Time

It's amazing how much time can be saved when people work together. In this lesson, we'll practice figuring out just how much time we're talking about as we solve problems involving time.

Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

9. Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why we might need to add two vectors and, given magnitudes and directions, add two vectors using geometric methods. A short quiz will follow.

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