General Chemistry Strategy

Introducing Our Chemistry Expert, Dr. Mike Christiansen

Ever wonder who the teacher is in our chemistry solution videos? That’s Dr. Mike Christiansen, our in-house chemistry expert. Dr. Christiansen has a PhD in organic chemistry and has been teaching students chemistry for nearly 12 years. I thought it would be important for you to learn more about him, so I asked him to Read More

General Chemistry Equation Sheet

Here is a list of formulas you need to know for the DAT General Chemistry section. Feel free to print it out and use it when necessary. However, remember that you have to memorize these formulas and this cheat sheet will not be available on the real DAT.

General Chemistry Lab Techniques

Part of the general chemistry section of the DAT will ask you laboratory questions. Usually, they only comprise of 1-2 questions on test, and most are easy to answer. Use this cheat sheet to study general chemistry lab techniques tested on the DAT. You can also use this link to download the notes (PDF).

Intermolecular Forces Explained

Here’s a general chemistry concept that frequently appears on the DAT. We’re talking about intermolecular forces, not to be confused with intRAmolecular forces, which bind the atoms within a single particle (i.e. covalent bonds, metallic bonds, ionic bonds). IntERmolecular forces are the interactions that occur between neighboring particles and have a large effect on a Read More

What Types of Questions are on the DAT General Chemistry Section?

This is an important issue to address, because I feel a lot of study materials for the DAT sway pre-dental students in the wrong direction. The biggest issue I can relate to is the heavy focus on calculation based questions in other DAT prep books. The real DAT general chemistry section focuses heavily on conceptual Read More

Common Ions You Need to Know

The DAT general chemistry section expects you to be fluent in chemical compounds. For example, do you know the formula for chromate? Below is a selected list of common ions you should know for the DAT (click for full image). * Also, a common mistake I see is people thinking helium is a diatomic molecule Read More

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