About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about organic chemistry. There is no faster or easier way to learn about chemistry. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the function and structure of carbohydrates.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a chemistry curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an organic chemistry basics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Organic Chemistry Basics Unit Objectives:
- Learn about monomers and polymers.
- Explain the function of lipids.
- Study organic chemical reactions.
- Learn the characteristics of amino acids.
- Discuss carbon compound-based life forms.
- Study polymerization and peptide bonds.
- Learn about oxidation and fermentation.
1. Organic Chemistry & the Study of Carbon Compound Life Forms
Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-containing compounds. This lesson will explore why carbon is such an important element, and how organic chemistry is related to your life.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking
Organic molecules can combine, swap atoms, break apart and even make more of themselves. In this lesson, we will explore several organic reactions with examples.
11. Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation
There are many different types of reactions that occur in organic chemistry. This lesson will highlight three reactions, explaining which organic molecules are the reactants and which are the products, as well as what occurs during the reaction.
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Other chapters within the High School Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum course
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- Measurement and Problem Solving: Homeschool Curriculum
- Experimental Laboratory Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- What Is Matter?: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Atomic Structure: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Periodic Table of Elements: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nuclear Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Bonding for High School Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Phase Changes for Liquids and Solids: Homeschool Curriculum
- Gases in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Solutions in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Stoichiometry and Chemical Equations: Homeschool Curriculum
- Acids, Bases and Reactions: Homeschool Curriculum
- Equilibrium: Homeschool Curriculum
- Chemistry Kinetics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Thermodynamics in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nucleic Acids - DNA and RNA: Homeschool Curriculum
- DNA Replication - Processes and Steps: Homeschool Curriculum