MCAT Chemistry

Electrochemistry

MCAT Chemistry > Electrochemistry

Background

One of the most important concepts when trying to understand the chemistry of the human body is to know the electrical interactions that can take place. The concepts of reduction and oxidation show up many times throughout the MCAT, with one of the notable examples being the oxidation of NAD+ to NADH that occurs during the biological process of cellular respiration.

MCAT Electrochemistry - NAD Redox

NAD+ + H+ + 2e- -> NADH

Electrochemistry is built upon the fundamental idea of the reduction-oxidation (REDOX) reaction, which can be remembered through the mnemonic LEO GER. This means Loss of Eelectrons = Oxidation and Gain of Electrons = Reduction.

MCAT Electrochemistry - Redox Reaction

Reduction and Oxidation

See Reduction and Oxidation

Oxidation Numbers

See Oxidation Numbers

Chemical Batteries

See Chemical Batteries

Redox Reactions Thermodynamics

See Redox Reactions Thermodynamics

Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry Topics

MCAT Chemistry

Chemistry Topics