Chemistry. What is it?
Undoubtedly, one of the very first courses you may take in college as a pre-medical student (or even sometimes if you are not) is general, or inorganic chemistry. Both "gen chem" I and II as you may know them are the foundational courses for other required and recommended courses for pre-med students, including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Thus, as with any other course that pertains to getting into medical school, it is important to build a strong knowledge base in this subject. To do so, it is helpful to have an idea of what it is you're studying, or to know "the bigger picture." This what we'll discuss in this post.
First, A Definition
When you first hear the word "chemistry," a number of things may come to your mind. Among those things might be an attraction between two people, which may be a pop culture view of the word "chemistry," but that is not necessarily the chemistry that we will be talking about today. The chemistry that we will be discussing is often defined as the study of matter. This definition, however, is a bit broad, as there are lots of things to study when it comes to matter. What about composition? Structure? Properties? Reactions? Well, chemistry covers all of these things. That means that chemistry is the study of the physical world around us. And believe it or not, chemistry has been practiced for ages, as long as people have been interacting with and manipulating objects in the world.
Although I hope you are not, you may be asking yourself why studying chemistry is important at all. There are endless applications to chemistry in the world. Here are a few:
As you proceed to study what is posted on this blog, begin by thinking about what applications chemistry has to your own life that you can recognize. Understand why it is important to proceed with the study of this subject and, more specifically, know why it is important to one day being a great doctor.
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