Periodic Table: A Core Chemistry Concept with Relevance to GAMSAT Section III

GAMSAT Section III is about the logical reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences. Purely concept-based questions do not appear in GAMSAT, but some basic knowledge in Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences is mandatory to answer the MCQs within the allotted time frame. One such key topic in GAMSAT-related chemistry is the periodic table.

What is the Periodic Table?

Periodic table of the chemical elements (H, O, N, P, C, etc) is a tabular display of the chemical elements. It is an indispensible tool within the academic discipline of chemistry, providing an extremely useful framework to classify, systematise, and compare all of the many different forms of chemical behaviour. The table has found wide application in chemistry, physics, and even biology. It is impossible to properly justify the domains of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry without the involvement of Periodic table.

Let us take a detailed view of the periodic table.

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Topics Requiring Periodic Table

Topics in chemistry that require the periodic table are as follows:

  • Electronegativity
  • Atomicity
  • Inert gases
  • Chemical transition among various elements
  • Valency
  • Electrochemistry
  • Radioactivity

The above-mentioned properties of a chemical entity are directly linked with the periodic table.

In Biological sciences, topics like membrane potential and protein structures need the helping hand of the periodic table for proper understanding.

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