MCAT Basics Podcast


In this episode, we delve into three common types of isomers that you are likely to encounter on the MCAT: structural isomers, geometric isomers, and stereoisomers. 

We start by defining each type of isomer, providing clear and concise explanations to ensure a solid understanding. Next, we present common examples of each isomer type to illustrate their unique characteristics. Finally, we discuss real-world applications and scenarios where these isomers are relevant, particularly in the context of the MCAT. This material will appear in the Physical Chemistry section of the MCAT and may also be found in the Biochemistry section.

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Jump Into the Conversation:

[00:00] Introduction

[02:06] Structural isomers

[06:03] Geometric isomers

[15:50] Three different kinds of stereoisomers

[16:30] Enantiomers

[17:44] Diastereomers

[18:46] Conformational isomers

[22:06] Key terms regarding stereoisomers

[26:54] Difference between absolute and relative configurations of stereoisomers

[28:22] Interesting example of stereoisomers in different sugars

Sam Smith

Sam completed his Bachelors of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following his graduation, he worked at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center studying HIV. Meanwhile, with a microphone in his garage, Sam founded the MCAT Basics podcast. The podcast has grown to become the top rated MCAT podcast on iTunes. In addition to podcasting, Sam enjoys the outdoors, sports, and his friends and family.

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