Ch 16: Work and Energy for the MCAT: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Work and Energy chapter of this MCAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master work and energy. 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 work and energy for the MCAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering MCAT material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to prepare for the MCAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the relationship between work, energy and power
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about work and energy for the MCAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Work and Energy 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 Work and Energy for the MCAT chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any work and energy question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a work and energy unit of a standard science course. Topics covered include:

  • Derived units and sign conventions
  • Work done in a gravitational field
  • Mechanical advantage
  • The work-energy theorem
  • Kinetic and potential energy
  • Conservation of mechanical energy
  • Conservative forces
  • The formula for power

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Work and Energy for the MCAT: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

1. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

Energy is the capacity or ability to perform work, which is significant in causing anything to move within nature. Explore the different types of energy, where it comes from, why it is necessary, and how it is important in natural systems.

Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

2. Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

Work and energy are closely related in physics. In this lesson, you'll learn what that relationship is as well as how we can apply it to various situations.

Power: Definition and Mathematics

3. Power: Definition and Mathematics

Work involves moving an object with a force, but power tells us how quickly that work is done. In this lesson, you will learn about how power depends on both work and time as well as see examples of how to calculate power.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

4. Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

Kinetic energy and potential energy are created differently. In this lesson, we will dive into different types of energy, and how they can be transformed into other types of energy.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy

5. Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Energy comes in many forms and for any system can never be created or destroyed. This holds true for mechanical energy, which also obeys this law of conservation of energy. In this video lesson, you'll explore how mechanical energy is converted or transferred between forms and objects.

What Are Simple Machines? - Definition, Types & Examples

6. What Are Simple Machines? - Definition, Types & Examples

If you need to move or lift a heavy object, it would be wise to use a simple machine. Though these devices are far from fancy or high-tech, they are extremely helpful for getting work done.

Conservative Forces: Examples & Effects

7. Conservative Forces: Examples & Effects

Learn how to tell if a force is conservative and what exactly is being conserved. Then look at a couple of specific examples of forces to see how they are conservative.

Chapter Practice Exam
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