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I have not completed o-chem yet and I was wondering what is important to remember from General Chem. It's been like 5 years since I took general chem and I wanted to refresh my knowledge this summer. For efficiency, what is important to know?


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1. Acid/Base is very important
2. Properties of C,O,N,H, and halides
3. Cations and Anions
4. Stereochemistry
5. Bonding


Kinetics and thermodynamics is essential as far as theory goes, calculations a little less so. The best stuff to know if you really want to understand o-chem at a deaper level is the molecular orbital theory, HOMO LUMO stuff, and as much intro p-chem stuff they feed you in gen chem which is either a little or a lot depending on your prof/institution. Though there is not much that is really requisite for orgo, you will remember things better, not have to resort to rote memorization, and perhaps even enjoy the course if you understand it on a deeper level. Probably help with the 'cats as well. goodluck.
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I went into the MCAT feeling I didn't know any O Chem but I walked out with a 15 on the bio section. My recommendation to you that instead of trying to memorize details focus on the generalities of O chem. Find yourself rules that will help you figure out answers even if you don't know anything about that particular reaction.
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