Chemistry Unit Plan

Chapter Lecture Notes Reading Guide Video Links
Chapter 2: The Chemical Context of Life Click here for the lecture notes on Chapter 2 Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 2 Click here for a video on Chapter 2.
Chapter 3: Water and the Fitness of the Environment The notes are included with the previous lecture. Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 3. Click here for the video for Chapter 3.
Chapter 4: Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life Click here for the lecture notes for Chapter 4 Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 4. Click here for a video for Chapter 4.
Chapter 5: The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules Click here for the lecture notes for Chapter 5:Carbs

Lipids

Proteins

Nucleic Acids

Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 5. Click here for a video for Chapter 5.

Labs and Links

Videos Watched in Class

  • Video

Unit Objectives

  • Basic Chemistry
    • Describe and identify atoms/elements in terms of particle charge, atomic number, atomic weight, and valence.
    • Describe, through modeling activities, intra- and intermolecular bonding including polar and nonpolar covalent bonds, ionic bonds, and hydrogen bonds.
  • Water Chemistry
    • Describe the unique chemical and physical properties of water – and its influence on life on earth through demonstrations and a lab.
    • Distinguish between acidic and basic solutions, and the role of buffers in aqueous solutions through a lab.
  • Basic carbon chemistry
    • Identify and describe the six major elements found in living things.
    • Describe the role of carbon in molecular diversity.
    • Distinguish among the three types of isomers: structural, geometric and enantiomers through a ‘functional group bee.’
    • Recognize the major functional groups and describe the traits they give a macromolecule through a ‘functional group bee.’
  • Macromolecules
    • Describe the chemical properties, bond types, and biological importance of macromolecules through modeling activities.
    • Identify the monomers that make up biological polymers and model condensation reactions/hydrolysis in each.
    • Describe the four levels of protein conformation and relate them to reversable and nonreversable denaturation through modeling and a video.
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