Ch 46: Atomic Nucleus

About This Chapter

Increase your understanding of the atomic nucleus. Get ready for the Physical Sciences section of the MCAT with video lessons and self-assessment quizzes designed to give you the background you'll need for success on exam day.

MCAT: Atomic Nucleus - Chapter Summary

Over the course of seven detailed lessons, instructors will guide you in the study of the atomic nucleus. The chapter includes lessons on the following subjects that will be tested under the Physical Sciences category of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT):

  • Radioactive dating
  • Half-life
  • Fission and fusion
  • Radioactive decay
  • Mass deficit, energy liberated, binding energy

Achieving your desired score on the exam will require both accuracy and speed in approaching test questions. The instructional materials in this chapter's engaging video lessons are intended to help you become a more efficient overall test-taker by clearly outlining each subject and directing you to methods of answering test questions on that subject.

MCAT: Objectives

Before applying to health profession studies programs, you'll need to take the MCAT, a multiple-choice exam heavily focused on reasoning and scientific problem-solving skills. The exam's Physical Sciences category, which includes the atomic nucleus, has 52 questions that require prior knowledge of basic chemistry and physics principles. The learning objectives established for this chapter on the atomic nucleus include:

  • Understanding the principles of radioactive dating and its use as a dating tool
  • Calculating radioactive decay and interpreting decay graphs
  • Learning the types of radioactive decay and their impact on the nucleus
  • Defining the general nature of fission and fusion

The questions you'll see on the Physical Sciences part of the test will involve research and problem-solving inquiries and assessments related to textbook, journal and argument passages. The passage-related questions require comprehension, application and analysis skills.

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