Foundational concept 4 of the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section of the MCAT exam focuses primarily on complex living organisms and how they transport materials, sent their environment, process signals and respond to changes using specific processes understood in terms of physical principles.
Foundational concept 4 includes five content categories. Via the Association of American Medical Colleges, the five content categories include:
All processes that take place within all organisms follow the laws of physics. These processes can be quantified with equations that model the behavior at a pure fundamental level. This is just some of the information you will be required to know for foundational concept 4.
Foundational Concept 4 Notes
As with other sections of the MCAT, the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section will ask you to answer questions by pairing your knowledge of concepts with your scientific inquiry and reasoning skills.
There is no set time to complete foundational concept 4, but you will have 95 minutes in all to finish the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section of the MCAT exam. There are a total of 59 questions. Questions are a combination of passage-based and discrete questions.
Course content can vary from school to school and questions will vary from test to test. The topics and subtopics outlined may be different on the actual exam. You can discuss exact content with faculty members or your pre-health advisor.