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

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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


In class on Friday, we went over functional groups!  I remember learning about functional groups, but didn't remember mush about them.  So Friday's class was a learning experience for me.  We went over the functional group for the amino, carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups.  I remembered some of them from freshmen biology, but I don't remember learning about the methyl, phosphate, sulfate, sulfhydryl groups.  I also learned that and enantiomer is the mirror image of a molecule, and that they have different properties.  As far as sugars go, I'm pretty sure I know them really well.



In class today on Wednesday, we discussed proteins.  We talked about that proteins are composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.  We also talked about that polar amino acids interact with hydrogen bonds and that non polar amino acids interact with hydrophobic interactions.  I also learned that proteins fold to hide their hydrophobic amino acid and the protein structures.



In class on Friday, we went over protein structures and did an activity during class.  We went in depth about the primary protein structure.  We talked about the peptide bonds that combine amino acids and that they are covalent.  We also talked about genes.  Genes are discrete units of DNA that encodes for a functional product.  An example would be a protein.



B.  Useful Materials

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This is a song about functional groups.  It is pretty random with photos and is amusing.


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This is a very useful video explaining what we went over in class on Friday.


Organic Functional Groups

This article shows a lot of functional groups that weren't covered during class.  I found this very intriguing because i didn't know that there was that many fictional groups.



The Chemistry of Amino Acids

This a a web page that goes over amino acids and the roles that they have in our body.








Comments (2)

Derek Weber said

at 4:30 am on Sep 16, 2010

9/15: Updated. Nice job on this Mike. Good materials so far. Just update with that journal article.

Derek Weber said

at 10:38 pm on Sep 30, 2010

No journal article. You need more detail on the 9/17 lecture.

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