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Ch 5: AP Biology - Organic Chemistry: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Organic Chemistry chapter of this AP Biology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master organic chemistry. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of organic chemistry.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP Biology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP Biology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding carbohydrates, proteins and organic chemistry
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about organic chemistry
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the organic chemistry chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the organic chemistry chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any organic chemistry question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an organic chemistry unit of a standard AP Biology course. Topics covered include:

  • Organic molecules
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Amino acids
  • Peptide bonds and polymerization
  • Primary, secondary, quaternary and tertiary structures

16 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP Biology - Organic Chemistry: Help and Review
Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

1. Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

If you've ever wondered what gives vinegar that sour flavor, you may not realize that you have contemplated functional groups. View this lesson for an introduction to organic chemistry, functional groups and how they are part of your daily life.

Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers

2. Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers

From everyday man-made items like milk jugs and styrofoam to natural proteins and plant materials, the world is full of polymers! Check out this lesson to learn how polymers are constructed on a molecular level.

Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

3. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in many foods that we eat and may be found as sugars, starches, or fiber. Learn more about these three distinct types of carbohydrates, and how they are distinguished through their chemical structures in this lesson.

Structure and Function of Lipids

4. Structure and Function of Lipids

Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine they way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.

Proteins I: Structure and Function

5. Proteins I: Structure and Function

We need our proteins, not just as a major food group but for the many useful roles that they play in our bodies. In our introductory lesson to proteins, you'll learn about the many functions we rely on them to perform.

Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids

6. Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids

How do amino acids form the intricate polypeptide chains found in proteins? It's a matter of chemistry. Join glycine, a special amino acid, as she sizes up the other amino acids.

Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds

7. Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds

In this lesson, we'll take a deeper look at amino acids. You'll learn what makes a peptide, and what separates a protein from other kinds of amino acid bonds.

Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

8. Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

How is progressing through higher order protein structures like crafting an essay? In this lesson, you'll explore everything from quaternary structures to denaturation as we show how the different structures are intertwined.

Amylose: Structure, Formula & Function

9. Amylose: Structure, Formula & Function

Have you ever thought about amylose when eating a potato or munching on cereal? Well, then you're doing this important molecule a disservice. In this lesson, learn more about the amylose in our food, including its structure, formula, and function.

Saturated Hydrocarbon: Definition & Examples

10. Saturated Hydrocarbon: Definition & Examples

Hydrocarbons come in two varieties: saturated and unsaturated. In this lesson, you'll learn about saturated hydrocarbons and how to identify them. You'll also have the chance to test your new knowledge of hydrocarbons with a brief quiz.

What is Ether? - Definition, Uses, Effects & Formula

11. What is Ether? - Definition, Uses, Effects & Formula

This lesson is on ether, a chemical used in medicine and industry. Here, we'll talk about what ether actually is and learn about its chemical properties. We'll also explore the historical and current uses for ether.

Peripheral Proteins: Definition & Function

12. Peripheral Proteins: Definition & Function

The cell's membrane is made of a variety of lipids and proteins. In this lesson, we will focus on the roles the peripheral proteins play in the cell and in human diseases.

Polysaccharide: Definition & Examples

13. Polysaccharide: Definition & Examples

Ever wonder what a polysaccharide is and why it's important? This lesson answers those questions, giving you everyday examples and relating their importance to your life.

Secretin: Definition & Function

14. Secretin: Definition & Function

This lesson is about secretin, an important hormone in the body. We will discuss what secretin is, how the body naturally uses secretin, and how doctors utilize secretin to diagnose diseases.

Aldose vs. Ketose Sugars

15. Aldose vs. Ketose Sugars

Aldose and ketose sugars are carbohydrate molecules distinctly different from one another. In this lesson, you'll learn about these sugars, discovering their unique characteristics and structure.

Chemical Properties of Carbohydrates

16. Chemical Properties of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates provide energy for cells to do work. This lesson will discuss what different carbohydrates are made of and what their purpose is. The chemical properties of these carbohydrates help them to be easily used by cells to perform work.

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