Functional Groups

Functional Groups

While MCAT organic chemistry can be divided into several different parts, functional groups are important for all of them. Watch this webinar to learn how to recognize functional groups by name and structure, as well as how to use common function groups to understand and predict reactivity of organic and biological molecules.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Identify and predict reactivity of various functional groups within biological molecules

  • Apply functional groups to biological pathways and settings


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The functional groups (name and structure)

  • The functional groups that can have degrees - alkanes, amines, alcohols, and amides


On the MCAT

  • Functional group knowledge is the foundation for much of organic chemistry, as well as biochemistry

  • Many test questions about functional groups will link back to amino acids


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