Welcome to Chemistry 212 — Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, section DE taught by Prof. J. Walker, Fall 2010, Truman College. If you are enrolled in this section please check this website frequently for announcements and new information. Section DE meets Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in room 3831 beginning Monday August 23rd. Dr. Abrams is also an instructor for Chemistry 212. I recommend that all students visit Dr. Abrams' website. He has an extensive collection of practice quizzes and exams including a readiness/review quiz..
Course Catalog Description
CHEMISTRY 073 0212 - Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
Survey of organic chemistry including nomenclature and reactions of major functional groups essential to biochemistry and an introduction to the structure and function of biomolecules, and the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 201 or consent of department chairperson. 3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week based on sixteen weeks. Credit Hours: 4.
Prof J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3824/3826 (Main Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) by appointment. You may call (872) 216-1317 to leave messages.
I've been teaching at Truman College in Uptown, Chicago since 1982. Around the year 2000 I spent six years in administration, a valuable experience but ultimately not the path I wanted to follow. I have a master's degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I hold certificates in computer repair (A+), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), and Internet Security (CISSP). I have a variety of interests: Chemsitry, Web Development, Physical Sciences (all of them), Urban Gardening, and Education. I continue to explore a variety of techniques in the classroom in a blended: high tech - high touch approach. Technology is a great tool for teaching but it does not take the place of tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves. I use laboratory notebooks or journals in most of my classes. I love to do demonstrations in class. What I recommend for every student is to remember what it felt like to have the curiosity of a child - and find that curiosity again! The world is truly amazing.
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Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 7th ed.
by Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell and Farrell
pdf of Chapter One is free
note: It is possible to use the 6th edition of this book.
Laboratory Experiments for General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 7th Edition
by Bettelheim and Landesberg
We only use a few of the many experiments in this book. It is cheaper to purchase individual experiments online at Cengage Brain. You will need the following chapters, in order of use in class:
- 21: Structure in Organic Compounds: Use of Molecular Models I
- 24: Classification and Identification of Hydrocarbons
- 25: Classification and Identification of Alcohols and Phenols
- 22: Stereochemistry: Use of Molecular Models II
- 18: pH and Buffer Solutions
- 28: Properties of Amines and Amides
- 26: Classification and Identification of Aldehydes and Ketones
- 34: Preparation and Properties of Soap
- 32: Carbohydrates
- 40: Isolation and Identification of Casein
- 31: Isolation of Caffeine from Tea Leaves
Although a model kit is not required, it is strongly recommended that you obtain one, and you will need it in the first week of class. Please refer to recommendations by Dr. Abrams when chosing a suitable model kit. This class involves lots of drawing chemical structures. Colorful pencils/pens are useful while taking notes.
Caffeine has the molecular formula C8H10N4O2 and acts as a stimulant in humans. It is found in many beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks. The name comes from the Italian term for coffee, caffè. Read what Wikipedia has to say about caffeine.
- Textbook Website
- Understanding Chemistry
- Doc Brown's Chemistry Clinic
- ACD Labs ChemSketch Freeware
- Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
- The Chemogenesis Web Book
- C60, the Celestial Sphere that Fell to Earth