Free Body Diagrams

Free Body Diagrams

Watch this webinar to learn how free body diagrams are used in MCAT physics questions. You will review how to draw free body diagrams for simple and complex systems of masses, as well as how to set up equations correctly to calculate tension and acceleration.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Draw free body diagrams for simple and complex systems of masses

  • Calculate tension and acceleration from setting up the correct set of equations


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • How free body diagrams can be used for machines, such as inclined planes, pulleys, and levers

  • That Fnet is the summation of all forces acting on an object


On the MCAT

  • Most free body diagram questions will be discrete or pseudo-discrete questions

  • These types of questions are not necessarily high yield, but often cause distress for test takers, so we like to think of them as high stakes


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