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Condensation Polymerization: Preparation of Two Types of Polyesters
College-level or AP chemists use phthalic anhydride to synthesize two different polyesters, one linear and one cross-linked in structure. A detailed materials list and well-written procedures are provided on a lab sheet. Learners write out the chemical equations for the reactions that occur. Plenty of support is provided via instructor's notes so that you can insert this into your curriculum when teaching your class about polymerization.
Nucleic Acids ~ Information Storage and Energy Transfer
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+!
From Gene to Protein ~ Transcription and Translation
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.
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 lesson or used to start an academic conversation about why and how the experiments worked.
Biomoleucle Unit Review
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 instructional activity and use it as a study guide.
The Nature of Covalent Bonding
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.
Students create a polymer out of glue, water, and borax. They discuss the resulting substance and perform several experiments with it.
7.014 Quiz 1 (Organic Processes)
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.
Using a step-by-step explanation of the process, this film shows how to use a wooden skewer to pierce a balloon without popping it. Your learners will love this demonstration and they will learn that polymer molecules can stretch and wrap around other objects.
Carbon Bonds in Chemistry
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.
Seventh graders complete a variety of activities about spiders. They research a specific spider and create a mini-book about it. They create a 3-D model of a spider that is anatomically correct. They complete a series of labs regarding spider webs and web strength.
Testing for Lipids, Proteins and Carbohydrates
Students perform tests for the presence of certain macromolecules. For this health and biology lesson, students rotate in groups to three lab stations and perform tests for proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in familiar foods.
Science of Slime
Students 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.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition, But Were Afraid To Ask
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!
Identify the properties of proteins and amino acids. Name the groups of elements that identify an amino acid Describe the chemical structure of protein Explain what happen during the denaturation of protein and how the process occurs
The Bio-fuel Project: Creating Bio-diesel
Students investigate bio-fuel. In this investigative lesson, students create bio-fuel from vegetable oil waste. Students will analyze, predict, collect and synthesize data from their experiments with bio-fuel.
In this DNA learning exercise, students identify the different parts of the DNA and color them. They complete 16 short answer and fill in the blank questions on DNA.
Lab Experiments in Nutrition
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.
Fueling the Future
In this technology worksheet, learners read about alternative fuel sources. Students are given a list of vocabulary words that will be covered in the article.
A concise and instructive presentation on nucleic acids will be a valuable teaching tool in your chemistry or biology classes. Beautiful diagrams clarify the structure of nucleotides in DNA and RNA and the double helix arrangement of the DNA molecule.