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Chapter 3 Blog:  The Chemical Basis of Life II (Maria W)

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In the first section of this page, you will write a daily summary of that day's class.  For example in  your chapter 2 blog, your first entry should be titled 9/3/10.  You should then write a one or two paragraph summary of that day's lecture, outlining the major points.  In the second section, you are required to add two items (link to a website, video, animation, student-created slide show, student-created PowerPoint presentation) and one journal article pertaining to a topic in this chapter.  A one-paragraph summary must accompany each item describing the main idea and how it applies to the lecture topic.  Please see the PBWorks help guide for assistance embedding video and other items directly in the page.  I will also produce a how-to video on using tables to wrap text around items and other useful tips.  Please see the syllabus for organization and grading details.


A.  Daily Blog

9/10/10: This class I learned that the powerpoints are online and that I can download them so that I do not need to type everything from one slide. We went over how to see if a fat is saturated or unsaturated (unsaturated has a kink in its linear chain) based on the molecular structure and we learned about functional groups. We learned about the following groups and some of their characteristics: amino group, carbonyl, carboxyl, methyl, phosphate, sulfate, sulfhydryl, and hydroxyl. We also went more into depth about isomers including structural isomers and stereoismers. We also talked about when a molecule would have a mirror image and about monosaccarides and disaccarides.


9/15/10: We went over proteins for the most part of this class. We discussed the different types of amino acids and how there are nonpolar, polar uncharged, and polar charged types of amino acids. I would like to go over the amino acids more, and maybe try to make some ourselves with some sort of blocks. it would definitely help me remember them. We also went over the structures of proteins, such as primary and secondary, and some of their bonds.



9/17/10: Today I learned that Dr. Weber drones on and makes fun of poor emotional girls like me when our boyfriends turn out to be jerks. He also can't take a joke that he himself said (and I do not agree with).

We also talked about the structures of proteins and genes. We discussed an experiment about how if you break up protein structures into their primary structure, the protein will form in the exact same way. This was a little difficult,, but it was good that he got us to explain it. I would like for him to explain the experiment more, though, or maybe we could do them ourselves.

B.  Useful Materials


this is an image a mirror image of a stereoisomer, which can only exist when the isomer is asymmetric.


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This video shows polar covalent bonds and explains why the atoms are positively or negatively charged



This article describes how new programs have been used to predict protein structure and folds.

This is how I felt when Dr. Weber made fun of me. Just a side note...

Comments (2)

Derek Weber said

at 4:53 am on Sep 16, 2010

9/15: Updated.

Derek Weber said

at 11:46 pm on Sep 30, 2010

This page made me chuckle.

My only comment is in relation to your journal article. Make sure you cite a research based article rather than a summary. Even if you only understand some key terms that is OK. It is the effort that matters.

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