Wednesday, August 24, 2011
BIOMG 3310 Lecture 1
Welcome to this class!
In this Blackboard version of the lecture notes, we assume that you have on
hand a copy of the Lecture Guide for reference.
The way the course is set up is
described on pp. 1 & 2 of the Lecture Guide.
Read these pages before you
e-mail the prof to ask for info that is already on these pages!
The required text for this course is available at the campus store: Lehninger
Biochemistry, 5th edition.
The text is also on 2-hour reserve at Mann library.
Lecture Guide (LG) is available only at
If the LG is not
ask Kraftees to make another copy for you (You can e-mail
Kraftees for this)
The LG is invaluable to the course, and you MUST purchase
(Bring it to class daily).
Included with the LG is a CD that you will use for
molecular graphics exercises, which are assigned most weeks.
Notice pp 5-6 show the approximate sequence of lecture and problem
Use the reading assignments to stay ~ one lecture ahead of the
actual lectures, if possible.
The problem assignments are also shown, but will be
confirmed in class for each week, because changes are possible depending
upon lecture pace.
If you have not had organic chemistry, please speak to Professor Feigenson.
Easy to catch him at office hours, Thursdays 10 - noon.
But here is what the prof
told the ~ 20 students who came to the front of the room after the lecture, who
have not yet taken organic chemistry:
1. Most of the info you will need is in the first two chapters of the biochem text.
These are review chapters, not otherwise assigned for this course.
Have an orgo text within reach while studying biochem.
This does not need to
be a recent edition.
Even a 30-year-old text will be fine.
Immediately learn to recognize these functional groups: alcohols, aldehydes,
ketones, carboxylic acids and esters, and amides.
4. Be on the alert for unfamiliar words, e.g. "chiral" or "nucleophilic" and look
them up right away.
If you have a problem that will affect your performance in this course, e.g.
affect your exam-taking, e-mail the prof
Do not wait a few weeks.
might be as “straightforward as a broken arm”, or as complex as some personal
problems can be.
Whatever it is, let the prof know about anything that has an
impact on your test-taking or your learning in this course.
Have a cell phone?
Make sure it is OFF before the lecture starts