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Kaplan MCAT Physics Review Paperback – June 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1607146421 ISBN-10: 1607146428 Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan MCAT Physics
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Craxton on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is split roughly into 3 sections: review chapters, "high-yield" problems, and a cluster of MCAT-imitating questions at the back. The review chapters are quite helpful, comprise the thickest portion of the book, and each chapter is followed by a small cluster of practice questions that should solidify information presented in the chapter. These questions are 80% of the time well formulated, but the other 20% of questions have flat-out WRONG answers/explanations or are simply terribly written. The occasional typographical error in these sections wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the terrible 20%: example: pg 278, Question 4:

"How far away from equilibrium will the kinetic energy be equal to the potential energy of a spring that has a spring constant k=0.1N/m, a speed of 3 m/s, and a 0 kg mass attached?
A. 3m
B. 6m
C. 12m
D. 18m"

In the explanation, they use 0.4kg as the mass... whoops!

I couldn't help but cringe as I read a couple of these bad questions: example: pg 161, Question 11:

"Balls A and B of equal mass are floating in a swimming pool, as in the figure shown. (Ball A is drawn larger as Ball B) Which will produce a greater buoyant force?
A. Ball A
B. Ball B
C. The forces will be equal.
D. It is impossible to know without knowing the volume of each ball."

Buoyant force is proportional to the fluid displaced. The fluid displaced is proportional to the mass of the balls. If the balls are of equal mass, they will replace equal amounts of fluid while floating on the surface of the liquid. The correct answer is C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
The review/reading section of the book is very well thought out and organized. It is easy and fun to read. The authors also do a good job with starting each chapter with a fun anecdote to give the reader a preview of what the chapter is about. The only problem I have with this book are the review questions at the end of the chapters and the three practice tests at the back of the book. Some of the answers are simply wrong. Like the other reviewers have stated, sometimes the wrong numbers are used in the answer explanations giving the wrong answers, or simple math errors are made. For example saying that 17*10^(-4) equals 1.7*10^(-5).

Also, sometimes wrong numbers are plugged into wrong parts of the equation. One answer explanation looks like this:

"J=Ft=m*vf-m*vo. m=1M kg, vo=4 m/s, vf=0 m/s, t=3s, F=?
(F)*(3s)=(M)*(4m/s)-(M)*(0 m/s)= 4/3"

The original and final velocities are switched giving the wrong answer because the answer should be -4/3, especially since they give the right equation.

A lot of the mistakes are recognizable when you go through and look at the explanations, so it's not terrible. However, for someone like me, I only would look at the explanations if I got an answer wrong, not if I got it correct. Now, I'm nervous that some of the answers I thought were "correct" might not be so I have to go through and re-check all of my answers with the explanations. I also get worried that I may be believing their explanations and learning a concept that's just a little bit wrong.

I have already read through the Kaplan Biology Reivew book and that book didn't seem to have errors. The Kaplan Physics Review book, on the other hand, seems to have errors in every chapter and in every test. Knowing what I know now, I would not purchase the Kaplan review book again. I wish I would have chosen someone else's.
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By Dan on May 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been scoring consistently high on practice MCATs physical science sections (97th plus percentile) and just went through 2 of the practice sections in the back of the Kaplan physics for some review before my upcoming MCAT. Worst idea ever. The explanations and solutions are incorrect in multiple instances. The questions were, I believe, designed to be harder and make you think. They do this by connecting multiple concepts. Unfortunately, the authors were not adept in understanding those concepts. I've seen free body diagrams with non-perpendicular normal forces, power conversion with energy over (absurdly) incorrect time intervals. The worst is their inexact problem-framing. The MCAT dabbles a little in this, but does not make physical sciences questions so undefined as to give the feel of hard verbal passages.

The result is that you are left fretting, unable to even mount reasonable guesses and move on (because your solution options are wayyyyy off base). While the author might defend this with "we are teaching you to use your time wisely: guess and move on." I say bologna. Making students feel less intelligent than they are is probably the worst teaching style I can imagine.

The most unfortunate bit of this is that the general content part of the book is worth going through. So you end up paying good money for an only 1/2 useful book. I would buy this book, but only for content. I would use other sources for practice problems.
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Format: Paperback
As other reviewers have said, the actual review section is pretty good but the practice questions have a lot of errors. Most of the errors I have noticed have come from the book making assumptions to answer the questions that make them wrong. There have been questions where using the rounding they suggest to make the question easier leads to a different answer than using the actual numbers.
The question that made me write this negative review however had to do with kinematic equations in which acceleration, displacement, and initial velocity are given. Instead of just solving for final velocity, the book answer made an assumption about how much time the object accelerated for and got a final velocity of 20 instead of 6.3
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