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Molecules of Life - Summer 2017

CHEM 10055: Molecules of Life
Online Course Outline - Summer 2017

Welcome to Dr. Earley's online Molecules of Life course.  Students enrolled in this class should proceed sequentially through each of the topics listed below by the deadlines indicated.  Note that some of this material is also available to students who are not currently enrolled but may be interested in finding out more about this course.


Preliminary Information

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Course Information

  • Welcome
    A short introduction to this course and Dr. Earley.
  • Syllabus
    Required textbook, exam and assignment due dates, and other information about the course. See also the Proctored Exam Options page.
  • Proctored Exam Options
    Options for taking the required proctored exams for this course.
  • Alias
    Define a name that will be visible to other students for all of your posts
  • Website Information/Help
    FAQ and Help: An overview of the features of this website, how to access information, changing your password, etc.
  • Supplemental Textbook
    Freely available online textbook covering most of the topics included in this course. Note that this text does not use an integrated approach, and is not meant to be a replacement for the Frost textbook.


Preliminary Assignment

This quiz should be completed before starting with the course material below. You must be logged in to access this material.

  • Excellence Syllabus Quiz - Due June 15
    Periodically, unproctored online quizzes are provided that must be completed by the indicated dates for full credit.

  • Discussion Board
    You are required to make at least 10 posts (100 word minimum) during the semester. Prompts containing topics for these posts will be posted approximately one week before each post is due.
  • Old Exams for Review
    Copies of select exams from previous semesters

Exam #2 Material:  (Testing Dates July 10-14) - Click to Expand

You will need to complete the quizzes in each of the following sections before the deadlines listed.  All of these sections should be completed before Exam #2 (July 10 - 14).  This section starts with balancing equations, then covers amino acids and carbohydrates and shows how macronutrients work together in metabolism.  Finally, a brief introduction to DNA is presented.

  • Icon for writing assignment  Paper - Due June 28  (Comments due July 5.)
  • Chemical Reactions - Equations, Energies, and Coupling Reactions - Due July 1
  • Amino Acids and Proteins - Structures, properties, and uses - Due July 3
  • Carbohydrates - Structures, properties, and uses - Due July 6
  • Redox - Oxidation/reduction reactions - Due July 8
  • Metabolism - Redox reactions and Pathways - Due July 10
  • DNA - Structures, properties, and uses - Due July 12
  • Review - List of topics for the final exam