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Medical School entrance exams Annex 2

Date: February 18th, 2015

Annex 2: Secondary school curricula for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics used for entrance exams


Topics for entrance exam, Biology

  1. Cells: what cells are and why are they important.
  2. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes: what they are and what is their function.
  3. Chemistry of life: elements and compounds of living organisms, macromolecules, genes, polypeptides and enzymes.
  4. Microorganisms: bacteria, viruses.
  5. Molecular Genetics: genes and chromosomes, genetic modification.
  6. Mendelian Genetics: monohybrid crosses, dihybrid crosses, laws of inheritance, crossing over.
  7. RNA: chemistry, structure and function.
  8. DNA: chemistry, structure and function.
  9. Proteins: structure and function.
  10. Evolution: origin of life on Earth, human origins and evolution, molecular evolution.
  11. Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis: Krebs cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, mitochondria, cellular respiration.
  12. Biotechnology: methods used in diagnostics and research.
  13. Human health and physiology basics: nerve impulses, antibodies, blood and blood transport, reproduction and development.
  14. Ecology: plants and animals classification, populations dynamics, natural selection, global warming and the greenhouse effect.

Study materials :
Pearson Baccalaureate: Standard Level Biology for the IB Diploma (Pearson International Baccalaureate Diploma: International E) (Paperback) By (author) William Ward, By (author) Patricia Tosto, By (author) Randy Mcgonegal, By (author) Alan Damon 


Topics for entrance exam, Chemistry

  1. SI units, conversions
  2. Classification of matter, states and properties o matter,
  3. Atoms and elements, atomic structure, atomic and mass  number, isotopes
  4. Main groups in periodic table, group properties
  5. Chemical compounds and bonds, writing the formula of a given compound, nomenclature of inorganic compounds
  6. Solutions,  acids and bases, pH of solution
  7. Calculations in chemistry: mass, molecular weight, mole, solution concentration, solution dilution, pH
  8. Balancing chemical reaction
  9. Organic chemistry: functional groups , nomenclature of organic compounds
  10. Alcohols, phenols and ethers, properties and characteristic reactions
  11. Aldehyde and ketones, properties and characteristic reactions
  12. Carboxylic acids and esters, properties and characteristic reactions
  13. Amines and amides, properties and characteristic reactions
  14. Biomolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids an proteins-nomenclature, chemical and physicals properties. 

Study materials: 
Chemistry: Standard Level - Developed Specifically for the IB Diploma (Pearson Baccalaureate Catrin Brown (Author), Mike Ford (Author) 


Topics for entrance exam, Physics

  1. Kinematics: 1.1 Distance and Displacement. 1.2 Speed and Velocity. 1.3 Acceleration. 14. Average Velocity or Speed. 1.5 The Acceleration Due to Gravity. 1.6 Motion in 2D.
  2. Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion: 2.1 The Concept of Force. 2.2 Kinds of Force. 2.3 Newton Laws of Motion. 2.4 Newtonian Gravity.
  3. Motion in a Circle: 3.1 Description of Circular Motion. 3.2 Circular Velocity and Acceleration. 3.3 Centripetal Force. 3.4 Sources of Centripetal Force.
  4. Statics: 4.1 Equilibrium. 4.2 Torque. 4.3 The Principle of Moments. 4.4 Centre of Gravity or Centre of Mass. 4.4 Stability.
  5. Energy17.5 Lenses: 5.1 What is Energy? 5.2 Work. 5.3 Kinetic Energy. 5.4 Potential Energy. 5.5 Conservative Forces. 5.6 Conservation of Total Energy. 5.7 Power.
  6. Momentum: 6.1 Linear Momentum. 6.2 Newton's Laws and Momentum. 6.3 Collisions: Elastic and Inelastic Collisions.
  7. Elasticity: Stress and Strain: 7.1 Hooke's Law. 7.2 Tension and Compression. 7.3 Shear Stress and Strain.
  8. Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves: 8.1 Simple Harmonic Motion. 8.2 The Simple Pendulum. 8.3 Frequency, Wavelength, & Speed. 8.4 Types of Wave. 8.5 Waves and Energy.
  9. Sound and Hearing: 9.1 Sound Waves . 9.2 Resonance and Sound Generation. 9.3 The Doppler Effect.
  10. Fluid Statics: 10.1 Pressure. 10.2 Density. 10.3 Pascal’s Principle. 10.4 The Buoyant Force. 10.5 Archimedes Principle
  11. Fluid Dynamics: 11.1 The Equation of Continuity. 11.2 Bernoulli's Equation. 11.3 Viscosity.
  12. Temperature and Heat: 12.1 Thermal Equilibrium. 12.2 Thermal Expansion of Materials. 12.3 Phase Changes. 12.4 Heat Transfer : Conduction, Convection, Radiation. 12.5 The First Law of Thermodinamics.
  13. Ideal Gases: 13.1 The Gas Laws: Boyl-Mariotte's, Gay-Lussac's, Charle's Laws
  14. Static Electricity: 14.1 Charge. 14.2 Conductors and Insulators. 14.3 Coulomb's Law. 14.4 The Electric Field. 14.5 Electrical Potential Energy. 14.6 Electrical Potential. 14.7 The Capacitor. 14.8 Capacitors in Series and Parallel.
  15. Direct Currents and DC Circuits: 15.1 Electric Current. 15.2 Direct Versus Alternating Current. 15.3 Power Sources. 15.4 Resistance and Ohm's Law. 15.5 Resistors and Resistivity. 15.6 Kirchhoff’s Laws. 15.7 Resistors in Series and Parallel. 
  16. Geometric Optics: 16.1 Ray Diagrams. 16.2 Reflection. 16.3 Refraction 16.4 Plane Mirrors. 16.5 Spherical Mirrors. 16.6 Lenses 16.7 Magnification.. 
  17. Atoms and Atomic Physics: 17.1 Parts of the Atom. 15.2 Orbitals and Energy Levels. 17.3 The Böhr Model of the Atom. 17.4 Multi-Electron Atoms.
  18. The Nucleus and Nuclear Physics: 18.1 Protons and Neutrons. 18.2 Nuclei and Isotopes. 18.3 Energy and Mass Units. 18.4 Nuclear Force. 18.5 Nuclear Decay and Stability. 18.6 Activity and Half-Life.

Study materials : 
Pearson Baccalaureate: Standard Level Physics for the IB Diploma (Pearson International Baccalaureate Diploma: International Editions) Chris Hamper (Author), Keith Ord (Author)