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Memorizing types/groups of molecules
#1 Posted : Sunday, August 02, 2020 6:49:39 PM
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Passage 3, q.1 in AAMC physical sciences section bank asks us to identify a molecule and its name. It is a modification to a phospholipid with a nitrogenous group attached to the phosphate head. The molecule is called a phosphatide.

Is there a list of molecule names we should be memorizing? I don't think I would have been able to answer this question without memorizing the functional groups present in a phosphatide. Is there anyway I could have come to the conclusion based on reasoning vs. memorization?

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, August 04, 2020 9:10:51 PM
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If you could show me the question (I don't have access to the AAMC exams) I can say more for sure, but generally I would favour knowing IUPAC naming (mostly functional group names) and basic numbering over memorizing molecule types other than those recommended in the CC/EK.

Usually, you should be able to work out naming questions via reasoning and shouldn't have to rely too much on rote memorization.

That being said, I cannot say for sure for this particular question.

I hope this helps,

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