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Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Organic Chemistry chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups; |
Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers
| A description of organic chemistry and its functional groups; |
The molecular structure of polymers and monomers
|Tuesday|| Structure and Function of Carbohydrates; |
Structure and Function of Lipids
| The structures of three kinds of carbohydrates; |
The two categories of lipids
|Wednesday|| Proteins I: Structure and Function; |
Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds
| The functions of hemoglobin, keratin and enzymes; |
The different kinds of peptides and their formation
|Thursday||Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids||The differences between polar positive and polar negative amino acids|
|Friday||Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure||A description of the different structures of proteins and their correlation|
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.
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.
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.
4. Structure and Function of Lipids
Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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