SAT Chemistry Instructor Samantha shows you how to tackle the true false portion of relationship analysis questions on the SAT Chem subject Test.

Today, I’m going to show you how to tackle the first part of the relationship analysis questions on the SAT chemistry subject test: the true/false. First, what does the relationship analysis question look like? They will give you two statements joined by the word ‘because’. You’ll have to evaluate each statement separately to determine whether it is true or false.

Let’s look at a real example from the College Board website.

Statement 1: The combustion of fuels containing sulfur leads to the production of acid rain.
Statement 1: Sulfur oxides form acid solutions in water.

Sulfur oxides do combine with atmospheric water to form an acid solution that will precipitate out as rain from chemistry. We know this first statement is correct. It’s true. However, the College Board does not want to test you on hypothetical situations; they want to test you on whether you know the chemistry behind this broader statement.

Keeping this in mind, let’s examine the second statement. Sulfur oxides do form acid solutions in water; the chemistry supports it, and we can label this one as true as well. Now that we have two true statements, we need to determine whether the second statement is a correct explanation for the first statement.

This can get tricky, so we’ve devised a part two of this video to lead you through the process.

What was your biggest takeaway from this video tutorial about Tackling Relationship Analysis Questions on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test? Do you have any question for Samantha and Alexis Avila?

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