Ch 41: Muscle and Skeletal Systems for the MCAT: Help and Review

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The muscle and skeletal systems chapter of this MCAT Help and Review course is the simplest way to master these body systems. 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 the muscular and skeletal systems.

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  • Have fallen behind in understanding joint anatomy, the structure and function of bones, or the types of tissue found in the muscular and skeletal systems
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  • 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 muscle and skeletal systems chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
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  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the muscle and skeletal systems chapter exam to be prepared.
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Students will review:

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

  • What are the major functions of skeletal muscles?
  • What are the types of muscle tissue?
  • How are skeletal muscles organized?
  • What is a neuromuscular junction?
  • What is the structure and function of joints?
  • How do joints move?
  • What are the bones of the leg and foot?
  • What are the major bones of the skull?
  • What does cartilage do?
  • How can bones function as connective tissue?
  • How do bones grow?
  • What is the structure of bones?

20 Lessons in Chapter 41: Muscle and Skeletal Systems for the MCAT: Help and Review
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Major Skeletal Muscle Functions

1. Major Skeletal Muscle Functions

Did you know that skeletal muscle does more than just move our body parts? This lesson describes how skeletal muscles are used for movement, posture, swallowing, defecation, urination and homeostasis.

Types of Muscle Tissue: Skeletal, Cardiac & Smooth

2. Types of Muscle Tissue: Skeletal, Cardiac & Smooth

Have you ever wondered why muscle has different names such as striated, smooth, voluntary, or involuntary? This lesson describes the different types of muscle tissue based on their histology, mechanism of contraction, and regulation.

Skeletal Muscle Organization: Connective Tissue and Layers

3. Skeletal Muscle Organization: Connective Tissue and Layers

Did you know that skeletal muscles are organized into tightly packed groups? This lesson identifies the connective tissue layers that organize skeletal muscle into fascicles, muscle fibers and myofibrils. Additionally, the microscopic structure of the sarcomere is described.

The Neuromuscular Junction: Function, Structure & Physiology

4. The Neuromuscular Junction: Function, Structure & Physiology

A neuromuscular junction is a synapse between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle. This lesson describes the events of synaptic transmission leading to contraction of skeletal muscle. Myasthenia gravis is described as a neuromuscular disease.

The Skeletal System: Function and Terms

5. The Skeletal System: Function and Terms

You'll learn about the two major divisions of our skeleton, the axial and appendicular skeleton, in this video lesson. In addition, you will find out how bone is formed, thanks to tiny little cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and what the major parts of a long bone are.

Joints: Structure and Functions

6. Joints: Structure and Functions

Find out what part of your body is affected when you tear your meniscus, how synovial fluid is made, what the synovial membrane helps to comprise, what a joint is, and why a joint capsule is important.

Types of Joint Movement & Tissue Structure and Function

7. Types of Joint Movement & Tissue Structure and Function

Find out how your joints are categorized. You'll learn about the synovial, cartilaginous, and fibrous joints as well as diarthrosis, synarthrosis, and amphiarthrosis.

Bones of the Leg and Foot: Names, Anatomy & Functions

8. Bones of the Leg and Foot: Names, Anatomy & Functions

Find out about the major bones which help you walk. We'll go over the femur, patella, fibula, tibia, tarsals, metatarsals, and something called the trochanter.

Bones of the Pelvis: Definition and Function

9. Bones of the Pelvis: Definition and Function

In this lesson, you will learn about your hips and the important structures involved in their formation. The ilium, ischium, pubis, acetabulum, pelvic cavity, and sacrum will all be covered.

Bones of the Vertebral Column and Ribs: Definition and Function

10. Bones of the Vertebral Column and Ribs: Definition and Function

Learn about the importance of your ribs, vertebrae, and sternum. If it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be alive. You'll also find out what strange sounding words like manubrium and xyphoid mean.

Bones of the Shoulder: Anatomy and Functions

11. Bones of the Shoulder: Anatomy and Functions

Did you know that your shoulder joint is made up of many different parts? In this lesson, you'll learn about the clavicle, scapula, glenoid cavity, and acromion, as well as some of their more common names.

Bones of the Arm and Hand: Anatomy and Functions

12. Bones of the Arm and Hand: Anatomy and Functions

The humerus isn't all that funny; it plays an important role in your body. Likewise, the radius, ulna, carpals, metacarpals and phalanges are all important components of your arm, wrist and fingers.

Major Bones of the Skull: Names and Location

13. Major Bones of the Skull: Names and Location

Your eyeballs, ear and brain all depend on skull bones to give them a place to live. These bones include the frontal, parietal, occipital, temporal, sphenoid and ethmoid bone. Review these bones and their purposes in this lesson.

Bones of the Face: Names, Function & Location

14. Bones of the Face: Names, Function & Location

In this lesson, learn which bones help you cry, breathe, eat and see as we review the maxilla, mandible, zygomatic, lacrimal, nasal, vomer and palatine bones of the face. Then, learn which bones are paired.

What is Cartilage? - Definition, Types & Function

15. What is Cartilage? - Definition, Types & Function

Cartilage is a strong, flexible type of connective tissue found within a body. Learn more about its structure and function, as well as the different types of cartilage connective tissue we have in our bodies.

Bone Tissue: Functions and Types

16. Bone Tissue: Functions and Types

In this lesson, we will explore bone as a connective tissue. We will discuss the anatomy of bone, as well as the cell types which make up bone, including how bone is formed and broken down.

Anatomy of a Bone: Parts, Marrow & Types

17. Anatomy of a Bone: Parts, Marrow & Types

In this lesson, you'll learn how to classify bones by their shape. Additionally, you'll discover the structural makeup of bone and the different bone markings.

Bone Growth & Development Factors: Endochondral Ossification

18. Bone Growth & Development Factors: Endochondral Ossification

In this lesson, you will learn about the two ways we form bones: intramembranous ossification and endochondral ossification. You'll also discover how our bones grow after we're born.

Compact Bone: Definition, Structure & Function

19. Compact Bone: Definition, Structure & Function

In this lesson, you will learn what makes up compact bone. You'll also specifically explore the structure and location of compact bone, the densest of the two bone types.

Clonus: Definition, Causes & Treatment

20. Clonus: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Clonus is a condition that results in involuntary muscle spasms, most often affecting muscles at the end of the limbs. It may be a condition in and of itself or a symptom of something else.

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