August 26, 2011
1. Reading assignment for the week: pp 71-84, 92-94, 102-106, 132-133 [Ch 1 & 2 for
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 303-312;
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 (e-mail works).
They will not order one unless you ask.
3. Regular office hours start next week on Monday 8/29.
The first review session will be
4. Applying to Vet Med Programs (both USA and abroad): Tuesday 8/30 at 4:35PM
in G37 Plant Sciences Bldg.
5. Biology Open House, Wednesday 8/31 from 4:00 - 5:30PM in Stimson Hall.
Biology faculty, peer advisors, reps from predmed, prevet, research clubs.
6. Today: National Society of Black Engineers, Cornell Chapter.
Friday 8/26/11 from 5 -
7PM in the Africana Center Multipurpose Room.
EML222 for more information.
7. The grading system for this class:
! to the students who came on
Wednesday afternoon 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.
However, each student
should plan to take 9
In other words, a student can miss one of the first 9 quizzes for
(and no need to explain why!)
, then take the very last quiz, and still
have 9 quizzes taken.
Or, take all of the first 9 quizzes, and then do not take the very
Out of these 9 quizzes, the
quiz grades will be dropped (lowest
score or one more missed quiz).
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