Blueprint MCAT Blog: MCAT Chemistry

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Intermediates: How to Optimize Studying Biochemistry
Every pre-med student can agree: memorization is HARD and memorization is important. To vex us even more, some MCAT topics only require surface-level knowledge, while others seem to require an endless parade of facts. Take metabolism for instance; remembering that HEXoses have six carbons? Not too bad! Remembering that “py-ru-vate” has “1-2-3” carbons? Still…OK…but starting READ MORE
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How to Understand the MCAT Periodic Table & Trends
Learn how to predict element properties and efficiently use the periodic table for the MCAT. READ MORE
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Identifying Methodological Flaws in Studies
One of the things that really surprises students about the MCAT is the heavy focus on how experiments are set up and ran. This can really catch a student off-guard, as most undergrad courses don’t really emphasize this. But from the point of view of the AAMC, it’s obvious that they want to test this. In order to be a good doctor, you need to be able to understand the quickly changing research that is coming from our more... READ MORE
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MCAT Chemistry Super Review – September 2018
Struggling with the Chemistry portion on the MCAT? This free webinar session, led by Phil Hawkins, will help give you a better grasp of one chemistry topic that students often worry about: acid-base chemistry, specifically titrations. Titrations are intimidating because they combine a chemistry concept that many students don’t fully understand – acids and bases READ MORE
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Organic Chemistry on the MCAT – Focus on the Fundamentals
Organic chemistry is one of the most common subjects that students identify as a source of anxiety when preparing for the MCAT. However, on average, it will only comprise ~5% of the test: 15% of the Chemical and Physical Foundations section, 5% of the Biological and Biochemical Foundations Section, and 0% of the remaining two READ MORE
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MCAT Chemistry – Solubility Constants and the Common Ion Effect
Of the general chemistry content covered on the MCAT, solubility is notable because it seems simple, but contains some surprises. On one hand, solubility is an accessible topic to anyone who has ever added sugar to their coffee or tea, but on the other hand, there are some formal aspects of how it’s analyzed that READ MORE