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This is a polished presentation of the nucleic acids. It is unique in that it examines both the genetic material and the energy molecules. Usually these are addressed separately even though they are both nucleic acids. This approach is most appropriate for your biochemistry buffs. It is straightforward, educational, and contains explanatory diagrams. It earns an A+!
Translate the process of protein synthesis to your molecular biologists with this instructional activity. It consists of reading, completing a table as a summary, comprehension questions, and a modeling activity for both transcription and translation. To conclude, the concepts are applied to the formation of sickle-cell hemoglobin. The worksheet actually makes a thorough lesson for introducing protein synthesis.
Biochemistry scholars will be well prepared for an exam on biomolecules after completing this concise assignment! There are 75 short-answer questions about the chemical makeup, functions, and relationships between organic molecules. Learners will address carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and enzymes. Have them complete the worksheet and use it as a study guide.
In "The Nature of Covalent Bonding," chemistry hopefuls demonstrate an understanding of various types of covalent bonds, electron configuration, and resonance structures through fill in the blank, true or false, and matching questions. They complete the worksheet by drawing three electron dot structures of compounds.
Peruse the properties of polymers with your materials engineers, chemistry aces, or emerging ecologists. The inquiries in this resource include puncturing polyethylene plastic bags, dissolving polystyrene cups, creating a polymer ball out of glue and borax, and discovering that different oils solidify at different temperatures. You could use this resource when teaching properties of matter to chemistry or engineering classes, or when examining the problems associated with petroleum products with your environmental science classes.
Cohesion, adhesion, polarity, and the properties of water are all explored with a fun set of activities. There are five simple and fun experiments that use household objects to demonstrate the many properties of water and chemical substances. Each experiment takes from five to twenty minutes and can be fit into a full instructional activity or used to start an academic conversation about why and how the experiments worked.
Four multi-part questions and a chart of the amino acids fill the eleven pages of this biology assessment. Geared toward a college-level course, this resource queries takers about the structure and behavior of the cell membrane, photosynthesis, glycolysis, fermentation, respiration, and enzyme activity. This is appropriate for an organic chemistry or biochemistry course.
The history of our understanding of the DNA molecule is surveyed through the first half of this presentation. Once Watson and Crick are introduced, the focus shifts gears to the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule. That is all that you will find in this brief, but befitting set of slides. Use it as an introduction to the wonders of DNA in your biology class, then have learners build a model of the DNA molecule.
Venture into the world of macromolecules with three exciting, distinct laboratory activities. Young chemists examine the forms of carbon and discover how they are associated with atomic arrangement, construct models of carbon-containing molecules, and compare six types of plastic by density. The teachers' pages are comprehensive; They contain background information, procedures, professional-quality diagrams, and suggestions for assessments.
Young scholars investigate the physical properties of a rather peculiar substance commonly known as slime. They devise and carryout a procedure for testing the effect of varying concentrations of either the poly(vinyl alcohol) or the borax solution on slime. Teacher guide available at website.
To wrap up your year of general chemistry, have lab groups compete in a tot wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) competition. With their foundation in chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, and gas laws, each group completes several tasks to earn points. Tasks include building and diagramming molecular models, calculating molar masses, researching HWCDV on silane, and preparing a presentation. Both the student handouts and teacher's resources are user-friendly. This lesson is top-notch!
Looking for authentic hands-on nutritional experiments? High schoolers will perform experiments to test for the presence of vitamin C in several solutions as well as the effect of caffeine on Daphnia. They will also consider the advertising used to sell food regardless of its nutritional value. This is a very well composed lesson that provides extensions, vocabulary, and a lab experiment.