gamsat organic chemistry

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Many candidates have a fear of organic chemistry, but they shouldn't, as the scope (as you will see) is actually quite limited. Learn the principles and organic chemistry is actually one of the easier parts of Section III. Organic Chemistry will comprise at least 20% of Section III, although in recent years there has been a tendency towards a greater number of organic chemsitry questions. GAMSAT assumes a level of knowledge in organic chemistry equivalent to that of the first year of university.


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Understand and quickly apply the IUPAC naming conventions for organic compounds

Draw molecular structures from a chemical name and vice-versa



Identify and differentiate between isomers

Understand chirality

Understand enantiomers and diastereomers

Visualise the rotation of molecules and determine their stereochemistry

Recognise Fischer and Haworth structures

Apply the R-S naming system



Understand the differences between alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes

Know the structures and properties of: alcohols, carboxylic acids, esters, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, amines, and amides

Understand the properties and effects of the major functional groups


Organic Reactions

Understand resonance and tautomerisation

Understand the common organic reactions

Predict what type of reaction organic molecules will undergo

Apply the concepts of electronegativity and acid-base chemistry to organic molecules