Organic Chemistry Strategy

Organic Chemistry Reaction Summary Sheet

A major part of the DAT organic chemistry section is knowing your reactions. I have constructed the following reaction sheet to expose you to every reaction that could possibly show up on the DAT. You do not need to memorize every single reaction to score well on the organic chemistry section. However, you should be Read More

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

Organic Chemistry Lab Tests

Occasionally, on the DAT organic chemistry section, you’ll be asked about one of the chemical lab tests you likely used in your lab sections to identify the functional groups in a molecule. Below is a list of the most common lab tests, which functional group they test for, and what a positive result looks like. Read More

Six EAS Reactions You Should Know for the DAT

In an Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EAS) reaction, the benzene ring acts as a nucleophile that attacks an electrophile. The reaction mechanism below outlines the flow of electrons that occurs during all EAS reactions. Here are the six EAS line reactions you should know for the DAT:

Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques

Below is a cheat sheet you can use to study organic chemistry lab techniques tested on the DAT. Can’t see the notes above? Use this link to get the PDF instead.

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