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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by scotties123, May 8, 2007.

  1. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    do we need to know mechanisms for o-chem? i know we dont need to know every single little arrow, but do we need to know what attacks what, where they attack, etc.? thanks
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  3. Ludacris

    Ludacris 5+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007
    i'd like to know this as well... thanks!
  4. killinsound

    killinsound Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    short answer NO, you don't

    long answer NO, but it will HELP you not only on your mcat but also in your ochem classes. KNOW the mechanisms... they make sense! nucleophile attacks an electrophile. think in term of electronegativity! you should know this, it will make life(ochem life) alot easier.
  5. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    thanks for ur reply. the nucleophile attacking the electrophile is a basic concept and easy to get, but what im asking is how detailed of a mechanism do we need to know? just as far as Nuc. hittin Elec.?
  6. Retro Virus

    Retro Virus 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2007
    I would learn these rules, because if you really understand them you can derive any mechanism:


    This guy does a amazing job of breaking down o-chem into simple rules and guidelines that show how easy and logical complex reaction mechanisms really are.

    In fact, I'd suggest anybody struggling with o-chem poke around this site.
  7. poly800rock

    poly800rock Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    i agree here. i learned the stuff in o-chem and didn't really do much of o-chem for mcat studying b/c you already know what is going to happen, even if you can't remember the name of the reaction.

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