Chemistry 212

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cartoon_chemistWelcome 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.


Joy WalkerProf J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3826B (Inside the Physical Science and Mathematics Departmental Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698

Office Hours: M-Th: 1:00 to 2:00

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. During the time that I was in administration I continued to teach courses in web development. I then returned to my first love - physical sciences.

I have a Master's Degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I am self-taught in programming and web development. I speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and some German. I am working on learning Arabic. My interests include: Chemistry, Cooking, Education, Foreign Languages, Physical Sciences (all of them!) Urban Gardening and Web Development (Visual Display of Information).

My experience has taught me that the ways students learn best depend on many factors. It is my opinion that a teacher must find the best approach for each individual. I've found that a high-tech, high-touch approach is very effective. Various technologies are a great tools for learning but virtual reality is no substitute for tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves or experience the world through the visceral senses of smell and touch. My approach requires laboratory notebooks or journals in my classes. I love to involve students in classroom demonstrations. I think laboratory work is extremely important in science. 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.

I believe we are reaching a very important crossroads in the evolution of our species and a knowledge of the physical sciences will be essential. We face serious challenges that are global in scope. We must learn to work together as humans for the greater good of our planet and humankind. What could be more important than understanding the nature of matter itself - what we all clearly have in common!

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Students with Disabilities

The Truman College Disability Access Center (DAC) verifies needs pursuant to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), determines student academic accommodations, and issues accommodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. The DAC is located in Room 1435, Main Bldg.

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The tutoring center is located in room 177, Larry McKeon Student Services Building, (773) 907-4785 or (773) 907-4790.

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Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 7th ed.

by Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell and Farrell
Thomson ©2010
ISBN: 0-495-39116-6

Companion site for textbook: Free flashcards, quizzes, active figures etc.

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
Thomson ©2010
ISBN: 0-495-39196-4


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:

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Model Kit

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.

Favorite Molecule


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.


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