In past modules covering topics such as chemical thermodynamics an important theme has been to lay the foundation for biochemistry. High impact topics are important in themselves, but for the new MCAT, the primary rationale is the chemistry of living systems. In this module we add another piece to the foundation for the chemistry of living systems: solution chemistry and the chemistry of acids and bases.
Bird's Eye View - Though our greatest depth of treatment of several topics in general chemistry including coordination chemistry and oxidation reduction occurs in future modules, where the biochemical context greatly enriches them, it's important to begin holding yourself responsible for basic comprehensive fluency in the physical sciences at this stage of the course. Study the basics from beginning to end in physics and general chemistry as if you had a final exam.
Conceptual Integration - Integrate fundamental physics and chemistry electrodynamic and thermodynamic principles with solution and acid/base concepts. Preview these concepts within various contexts from biology.
Testing - Comprehensive chemistry assessment within printed materials, specific assignments depending on whether you are using ExamKrackers, TBR, or Kaplan.
In Module 1 we begin a regular practice of reading from a variety of nonfiction sources. In addition to beginning our regular reading, we also begin the process of breaking down the CARS exam format as a form with its own set of rules. The better you understand the methods and intentions of the test-writers, the better you will become at interpreting CARS questions.