August 31, 2009
Homework assignments for the week:
LG 1 & 2; Ch 3 # 2, 4, 7
know structures of all 20 amino acids for Quiz 1
do entire PyMOL tutorial, LG pp 300-309
follow instructions exactly; we suggest that
do the entire tutorial twice
Buy the text and Lecture Guide.
If Kraftees is out of Lecture Guides, you must tell
them to order one for you.
They will not order one unless you ask.
3. No review session this week.
And the only office hours are the prof's, on Thursday
10AM - noon.
Regular office hours and reviews start next week.
Biology "Open House" this Wed 9/2 in Stimson Hall 2
floor from 4 - 5:30PM.
some pizza, meet some faculty, meet reps from Bio-related student organizations.
5. The grading system for this class:
! to the students who came on Friday to
figure this out!
Quizzes are worth 25%, Midterm 35%, and Final 40%.
Each exam is normalized by dividing by the mean.
There are different versions of each
quiz, and there is a make-up for the midterm and for the final, but the normalized scores
can be compared.
We intend for the median course grade to be a B+.
If you got the mean on every test,
you would get a B+ in the course.
There will be a total of 10 quizzes during the semester.
Each student should plan to
In other words, a student can miss one of the first 9 quizzes for ANY REASON
(and no need to explain why!), then take the very last quiz, and still have 9 quizzes
Or, take all of the first 9 quizzes, and then do not take the very last one.
these 9 quizzes, the
quiz grade will dropped (lowest score or one more
A total of 9 quizzes can be taken (
counted toward your grade)
from among the 10
quizzes that will be offered
If you took fewer than 9 for any reason, then you would be
eligible to take the "make-up quiz" on Wed
(The subject matter of that make-up
quiz will be the lectures of that
of the course, not the particular quiz that you
Thus, no student can take more than 9 quizzes, and 8 quizzes count toward
If you miss
quizzes, see Prof. F.
see Prof. F. to explain
why you missed any given quiz or even up to two quizzes (You could still take the