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- 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,…
- 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…
- How to Easily Distinguish Ortho, Meta, and Para Directors in EAS Reactions
See our previous post on the 6 Important EAS reactions to know for the DAT. Now we need to focus on benzene substituents and how they affect the location of subsequent additions. Here’s a list of the ones you would most likely see: Electron donators / Activators (strongest to weakest):…
- 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.
- 2007 DAT Practice Test Organic Chemistry Solutions
The official ADA DAT practice tests are one of the best ways to study for the DAT. The 2007 DAT is available for free online. We took it upon ourselves to provide you with the best solutions to help you get ready for test day. After you go through the…
- Do I Need to Know Mechanisms for DAT Organic Chemistry?
One of the toughest parts of organic chemistry is understanding the mechanisms behind reactions. Immediately, many pre-dental students want to know if they have to go through the same torture as they did in their college organic chemistry classes to memorize these complex reactions. You don't have to know the…