Carbonyl Chemistry Part 2

Carbonyl Chemistry Part 2

MCAT organic chemistry has some fairly rigid components. One of them is carbonyl chemistry because it is so biological. One you know the basics of carbonyl chemistry, you will be able to figure out most, if not all, complex mechanisms. In this webinar, we will cover commonly tested, and biologically relevant reactions, including the aldol reaction. Please watch to get a very targeted approach to MCAT orgo that your orgo classes did not provide.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Determine the 4 properties of organic molecules

  • Follow reaction mechanisms

  • Determine reaction products and reactants both synthetically and retro-synthetically


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The carbonyl pyramid

  • Reactivities of carboxylic acid derivatives

  • Commonly tested oxidants and reductants

  • Recognize and follow carboxylic acid derivative chemistry in biological settings


On the MCAT

  • Mastering organic chemistry can be less stressful than the average student believes. You have to know your fundamentals, as well as core orgo building blocks like nomenclature and stereochemistry

  • Process of elimination and working backwards from the answers can be a great orgo strategy


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