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 Joy Walker

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Currently I'm an adjunct professor emeritus for the City Colleges of Chicago. I was a tenured professor for 30+ years at Truman College. I love to learn and share my enthusiasm for learning. I have many interests. I enjoy learning about science, gardening, cooking and baking, linguistics and languages, drawing and painting, and literature. I believe we learn best when we are curious, excited, interested and engaged in our own learning processes.

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We are committed to equity, inclusion, diversity and success of students and staff. We retain a fundamental belief that all people belong and deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity. Our strength comes from our diversity. We celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique including, but not limited to, culture, race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity and other identities. In the classroom we focus on treating everyone with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion, and civility. We value a community where all individuals from all levels can participate, contribute, and have a voice.


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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