Suggested Tasks for Conceptual Integration - Module 2

Read the interdisciplinary discussions for Module 2 topics dealing with gravity, electricity & magnetism, and light & optics.

Review the concept map from MCAT Masters to help you picture the relationships of the scientific ideas and structure your knowledge base.

Using circles and labeled arrows create your own concept map and set of notes relating Electricity, Work & Energy, Atomic Theory, Periodic Properties, Chemical Bonding, and Intermolecular Force. Draw a large circle around Electricity and Work & Energy and create notation connecting this conceptual node to each of the other topics.

Learning Goals

Be prepared to compare and contrast the classical gravitational and electrostatic forces.

Be able to describe the binding energy of a gravitational system composed of two masses or an electrostatic system composed of two particles of unlike charge.

Learn how to use the classical language of electrostatic potential energy to describe changes in the internal energy of matter at the atomic level, molecular level, and intermolecular level. (Although you always keep in mind that quantum electrodynamics provides a more complete description than classical electrodynamics, the classical model is nevertheless extremely useful).