GENERAL (ORGANIC & BIO)CHEMISTRY
Dr. Terry L. Helser, Professor of Chemistry
227 Physical Sciences Building, Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Phone: (607)436-3518 or Email to: HELSERTL@oneonta.edu.
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This course is a survey of the basic general, organic and biological
chemistry needed to understand the current advances in biotechnology, medicine,
agriculture, etc. It provides the background needed to take Chem 111, General
Chemistry. Whenever possible topics of current interest are discussed.
Topics include the metric
system, atoms, elements, bonding, water,
molecules, polymers and the chemistry of living organisms. Weekly laboratory
exercises are based on the cooperative
Class sessions (2 hours a week) and a laboratory (2 hours a week) are
required, with cooperative teamwork
used extensively. Research reports (done by lab teams), 2 hourly exams
and a cumulative final exam are evaluated. Extra credit puzzles and
problem sets are also given. The laboratory teams produce research reports,
both oral and written, based on discovery-type projects. Electronic mail
(e-mail) and the Internet are used extensively. Since this is a laboratory
science, you must attend and pass the lab part to pass the course.
Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry, 6th Ed.,
2001, Bettleheim, Brown & March
(Harcourt Publishers), safety goggles and a quad ruled notebook are
required. Students must obtain their usercode and password at http://helpdesk.oneonta.edu
to access E-mail. Copies of prior tests, student papers and handouts are
available in Milne Library for perusal or reproduction.
This course, with no prerequisites, satisfies the laboratory science
requirement for the Basic Curriculum (NL attribute) and
for the TQ and CW attributes under thinking and communicating skills for
the Liberal Arts: General Degree Requirements; see your advisor. It does
not apply to any science major in liberal arts or the secondary science
You must attend 70% of the labs and pass the lab
evaluations to pass the course.
Absence from the first class or laboratory session may from the course! Inform the
immediately if you have any problem attending.
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Links to most major search
Lab Safety - MSDS lists
Search for properties and information on individual
THE site for general lab
procedures, but the videos take forever to load
and THE site for links to all types of chemical
If that is not enough, try the Journal
of Chemical Education reviews for more links
Science Room from an OK high school with lots of links to news, etc.
A UK site with free Computer
Aided Instruction software to download
site called NOVA - interesting and current
Our own Dr. Pence has a page on chemistry
careers, but it is useful for all job hunters
Information on Natural
Polymers like cellulose, starch, etc.
chemist's art gallery
with tons of neat images
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Last Modified on 9/1/03