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Students are Doin’ it for Themselves

As several contributors to this blog have pointed out, Joel Karty’s text introduces biochemistry topics early in the course through supplementary sections at the end of most chapters titled, “The Organic Chemistry of Biomolecules.” Many instructors have lauded this early inclusion of biomolecular topics as a motivator for biology majors and pre-professional students; one that

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A Racemization Revelation

In my experience, when students are writing a reaction mechanism, the most common error is to form a strong base under acidic conditions or vice versa.  I stress the importance of paying attention to reaction conditions in lecture, but the “function group” based textbook previously used at Western Washington University did not contain a section

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You Are Ready for the Final Once You Drink Some Coffee

We made it to the final chapter: Chapter 26 (“Polymers”). Each student is filled with a sense of pride that they have read every chapter in their textbook. Chapter 26 allows us to review mechanisms from throughout the text with real world applications. These applications are good preparation for next week’s final. In discussing them,

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Are you interested in learning more?

We are hosting a virtual workshop with Joel January 29th at 1pm EST. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Stacy Loyal at sloyal@wwnorton.com.

Happy Holidays!

Another semester of teaching the mechanism is over! Last year, Rick Bunt of Middlebury College wrote this festive end-of-the-semester song for his students (sung to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”). It’s so good we thought we’d post it again! You’ve had Spanish and Bio And History and Calc, Physics and Econ And Poly Sci

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Are you interested in learning more?

We are hosting a virtual workshop with Joel November 12th. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Stacy Loyal at sloyal@wwnorton.com.

More Posts this Fall

Welcome! Whether you’re a new or returning reader, we’re excited to share more posts about teaching a mechanistically organized course with you. We look forward to hearing from you this fall.

Happy Holidays!

Our gift to you this holiday season is an end-of-the-semester song by the talented Rick Bunt of Middlebury College (sung to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”): You’ve had Spanish and Bio And History and Calc, Physics and Econ And Poly Sci and Soch. But starting this fall… The most difficult course of them

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