Ch 7: FTCE Biology: Nucleic Acids

About This Chapter

The Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) Biology 6-12 is required to become certified as a 6th through 12th grade biology teacher in Florida. Watch these engaging video lessons taught by expert instructors to prepare for questions on the functions and structures of nucleic acids, including DNA and RNA.

FTCE Biology: Nucleic Acids - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you prepare for questions on nucleic acids on the FTCE Biology exam through a series of video lessons. These video lessons review the structures and functions of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). Some of the test materials you will review in this chapter include:

  • The chemical structures of nucleic acids
  • Phosphodiester bonds
  • Components of nucleic acids
  • Double helix structures
  • Differences between DNA and RNA

Along with the videos, lesson quizzes are available to help you find areas you may want to review for the FTCE Biology 6-12. The jump feature in each video's timeline will take you directly to key topics covered in the video lessons. Also, you may read over lesson transcripts to review everything that was covered in a lesson video and send questions to the video instructors for further clarification.

FTCE Biology 6-12: Nucleic Acids Objectives

FTCE Biology 6-12 is the computer-based certification exam used to certify educators wanting to teach 6th through 12th grade biology in Florida. Educators taking this exam have two hours and 30 minutes to complete 120 multiple-choice questions, 11% of which are on genetics. The lessons videos in this chapter will help you prepare for the questions on genetics by explaining the structures and functions of RNA and DNA.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: FTCE Biology: Nucleic Acids
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DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds

1. DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds

In this lesson, you'll discover what nucleotides look like and how they come together to form polynucleotides. We'll also explore nucleic acids and focus on DNA in particular.

DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing

2. DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing

Learn the language of nucleotides as we look at the nitrogenous bases adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. Armed with this knowledge, you'll also see why DNA strands must run in opposite directions.

DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity

3. DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity

This lesson will help you to navigate the twists and turns of DNA's structure. We'll also clue you in on the amazing discoveries that put this nucleic acid in the limelight as the molecule of heredity.

Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

4. Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

In this lesson, you'll explore RNA structure and learn the central dogma of molecular biology. Along the way, you'll meet the three types of RNA and see how the cell uses them most effectively.

Nucleic Acids: Function & Structure

5. Nucleic Acids: Function & Structure

In this lesson, we will explore what nucleic acids are, including the oozing bodily fluid they were first found in, what makes them unique from other types of biological molecules, and why DNA is called the 'blueprint of life.'

Recombinant DNA: Definition, Applications & Methods

6. Recombinant DNA: Definition, Applications & Methods

This lesson is all about recombinant DNA, which is DNA that has been combined from multiple sources. If you ever wondered about GMO's or how scientists are manipulating DNA to cure diseases, this article is for you!

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