Ch 38: Waves

About This Chapter

You'll study wave characteristics and periodic motion for the physical sciences section on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Watch video lessons to help you remember key words and ideas, refresh your knowledge and track your progress with quizzes.

MCAT: Waves - Chapter Summary

Use lessons in the Waves chapter to brush up on and add to your knowledge of periodic motion, wave characteristics and related subjects covered on the Physical Sciences section of the MCAT. Topics of discussion include:

  • Beat frequencies
  • Constructive and destructive interference
  • Diffraction: relation to sound and light and effects of wavelength
  • Resonance: definition and transmission of waves
  • Standing waves
  • Superposition of waves, interferences and wave addition
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves: definition and examples
  • Wave parameters: wavelength, amplitude, period, frequency and speed

Make reviewing for the MCAT simpler with engaging video lessons that use simple, everyday language and examples to make the most important ideas in these topics easy to understand and remember.

MCAT: Waves - Chapter Objectives

The MCAT measures your aptitude for medical school by testing you in general chemistry, biology, physics and organic chemistry concepts. Physical sciences questions make up one of four parts of the test. Biological sciences, verbal reasoning and a trial section are the other three parts.

The physical science section has 52 questions that test your knowledge of scientific concepts as well as your problem-solving abilities. You'll read seven passages and answer 4-7 questions about each one; this accounts for 39 of the questions in this section. The other 13 questions are independent of each other.

The video lessons in the waves chapter each come with self-assessment quizzes, so you can track how well you're learning the material as you complete the lessons. You'll also get practice with the same types of multiple-choice questions you'll see on the MCAT itself.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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