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General Chemistry versus Inorganic Chemistry

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Bust-A-rhyme, May 11, 2007.

  1. Bust-A-rhyme

    Bust-A-rhyme New Member

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    I know this is a very stupid question, but in general what is the difference between general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. In my department we have inorganic, and organic chemistry. so is general chemistry = inorganic chemistry?

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  3. burningsky

    burningsky 5+ Year Member

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    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

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    General Chemistry will have you learning the elements' names, bonding theory, solubility rules, and reaction kinetics (as well as many other things, but these are a few major topics).

    Inorganic chemistry will be dealing with transition metals and their complexes.

    Organic chemistry will be dealing with organic compounds, which are based around carbon and hydrogen. Very rarely will you encounter elements outside of C, H, O, N, S, and halogens.


    Med schools want gen chem and organic chem. Compare these points to your schools' descriptions of the inorganic courses.
     
  5. xucardsfan08

    xucardsfan08 2+ Year Member

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    It is sort of a tricky question. In most cases, yes inorganic = general. However, at my university, there is General Chemistry I,II; and then the upper level senior year course i'll be taking next semester, Inorganic Chemistry. This deals more indepth with bonding and crystalline structures.

    When med schools say inorganic, yes, they are referring to general chemistry.
     
  6. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

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    Yeah, at my school inorganic was also above Gen Chem - you had to have taken Gen Chem to get into Inorg.
     

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