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DAT General and Organic Chemistry


Gold Standard DAT General and Organic Chemistry Review
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  • Title: Gold Standard DAT General and Organic Chemistry Review (Dental Admission Test)
  • Pages:414
  • Title:978-1-927338-10-0
  • Author: The Gold Standard team of authors and editors includes professionals with academic degrees in dentistry, medicine and the arts as well as Ivy League dental students with exceptional DAT scores (AA: 27).
  • Description: Comprehensive chemistry review in color from the atom to thermodynamics to reaction mechanisms to NMR; General Chemistry Equation List & Organic Reaction Summary. We promised 350 practice questions on the cover of the book, now we have developed over 650 practice questions in the book & online at no extra charge! Chapters begin with learning objectives and finish with practice multiple choice questions followed by useful explanations. This book also contains the content covering OAT General and Organic Chemistry, and Canadian DAT General Chemistry.

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Can't I use MCAT books instead?

There are many important DAT General and Organic Chemistry topics that are either not on the MCAT or are so rare as MCAT questions that the topics are not properly covered in MCAT books. Here is a partial list: general chemistry laboratory techniques and glassware, alkene, alkyne, ether and aromatic chemistry, multi-step organic syntheses, etc. The Gold Standard DAT was designed specifically for the DAT so all ADA topics are presented in color followed by chapter review questions, answers and explanations.

Table of Contents for
General Chemistry

  1. Stoichiometry
  2. Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table
  3. Bonding
  4. Phases and Phase Equilibria
  5. Solution Chemistry
  6. Acids and Bases
  7. Thermodynamics
  8. Enthalpy and Thermochemistry
  9. Rate Processes in Chemical Reactions
  10. Electrochemistry
  11. Nuclear Chemistry
  12. Laboratory

Chapter Review Solutions General Chemistry Equation List and Tables

Table of Contents for
Organic Chemistry

  1. Molecular Structure of Organic Compounds
  2. Stereochemistry
  3. Alkanes
  4. Aromatics
  5. Alcohols
  6. Aldehydes and Ketones
  7. Carboxylic Acids
  8. Carboxylic Acids Derivatives
  9. Ethers and Phenols
  10. Amines
  11. Biological Molecules
  12. Separations and Purifications
  13. Spectroscopy

Key Organic Chemistry Reaction Mechanisms

DAT General Chemistry Test Content(30 questions)

  • 1. Stoichiometry and General Concepts:

    Percent composition, empirical formulas, balancing equations, moles and molecular formulas, molar mass, density, and calculations from balanced equations

  • 2. Gases:

    Kinetic molecular theory of gases, Dalton's, Boyle's, Charles’s, and ideal gas law

  • 3. Liquids and Solids:

    Intermolecular forces, phase changes, vaporpressure, structures, polarity, and properties

  • 4. Solutions:

    Polarity, properties (colligative, non-colligative), forces, and concentration calculations

  • 5. Acids and Bases:

    pH, strength, Brønsted-Lowry reactions, and calculations

  • 6. Chemical Equilibria:

    Molecular, acid/ base, precipitation, calculations, and Le Chatelier’s principle.

  • 7. Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry:

    Laws of thermodynamics, Hess’s law, spontaneity, enthalpies and entropies, and heat transfer

  • 8. Chemical Kinetics:

    Rate laws, activation energy, and half-life

  • 9. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions:

    Balancing equations, determination of oxidation numbers, electrochemical calculations, and electrochemical concepts and terminology

  • 10. Atomic and Molecular Structure:

    Electron configuration, orbital types, Lewis-Dot diagrams, atomic theory, quantum theory, molecular geometry, bond types, and sub-atomic particles

  • 11. Periodic Properties:

    Representative elements, transition elements, periodic trends, and descriptive chemistry

  • 12. Nuclear Reactions:

    Balancing equations, binding energy, decay processes, particles, and terminology

  • 13. Laboratory:

    Basic techniques, equipment, error analysis, safety, and data analysis

DAT Organic Chemistry Test Content (30 questions)

    • 1. Mechanisms:

      Energetics, and Structure - elimination, addition, free radical, substitution mechanisms, and other mechanisms and reactions.

    • 2. Chemical and Physical Properties of Molecules:

      Spectroscopy (1H NMR, 13C NMR, infrared, and multi-spectra), structure (polarity, intermolecular forces (solubility, melting/ boiling point, etc.), and laboratory theory and techniques (TLC, separations, etc.)

    • 3. Stereochemistry (structure evaluation):

      Chirality, isomer relationships, and conformations

    • 4. Nomenclature:

      IUPAC rules and functional groups in molecules

  • 5. Individual Reactions of the Major Functional Groups and Combinations of Reactions to Synthesize Compounds:

    Alkene/alkyne, aromatic, substitution/elimination, aldehyde/ketone, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and other. For each area listed above, the following sub-areas apply: general, one-step, and multi-step.

  • 9. Acid-Base Chemistry:

    Ranking acidity/ basicity (structure analysis and pH/ pKa data analysis), and prediction of products and equilibria

  • 10. Aromatics and Bonding:

    Concept of aromaticity, resonance, atomic/ molecular orbitals, hybridization, and bond angles/lengths.


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