This webinar covers machines, an important area of MCAT physics. You will learn about the three different types of simple machines, equations for work and torque, and calculating mechanical advantage. You will also learn about the ways in which levers relate to questions regarding the human body.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Calculate mechanical advantage

  • Incorporate force, energy, and torque to understand machines


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Equations for work and torque

  • The 3 simple machines: inclined planes, levers, and pulleys

  • The 3 classes of levers: first, second, and third


On the MCAT

  • The MCAT uses a range of examples for all three types of machines, and sometimes combines two machines into a single problem

  • Levers are highly applicable to the human body


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