Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)CHEMISTRY 161, Section 2----Ritchey
General Biochemistry

Last Updated: AUGUST 20, 2015


Welcome to the General Biochemistry, Section 1 homepage on the World Wide Web. These ePages provide supplemental information for our course taught by me, Professor James M. Ritchey at California State University, Sacramento. This course introduces you to the basics of biochemistry and includes the broad topics of "structure and function" for biological molecules and "metabolic pathways" for certain specified living organisms. This class is open to students having already taken organic chemistry (either the one or two semester course) and is NOT, NOT, NOT open to students currently taking organic chemistry. PLEASE NOTE: I WILL BE CHECKING YOUR OFFICIAL RECORD TO VERIFY THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE IN THIS CLASS AND IMMEDIATELY DROPPING YOU FROM THIS CLASS IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE!!!!

Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Lecture Meeting Information and Location:

Section 2: MWF 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM, SEQUOIA 456

Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Course Contacts: Office: SQU-428C (in the back of lab room SQU-428), Office Hours: MWF--10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, ritchey@csus.edu, Office Telephone Number: 278-7654


Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Chemistry Drop Policy:

Please see the latest University catalog for a current drop policy.


Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Textbook: Biochemistry: A Short Course by Tymoczko et al., Third Edition from Freeman--THIS IS THE TEXT I REFER TO IN CLASS, BUT OTHER EQUIVALENT PRINTED AND ON-LINE TEXTBOOKS ARE ACCEPTABLE.

Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Send questions/concerns/comments/suggestions to me at: ritchey@.csus.edu


Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Grading:    

            Attendance: You are expected to attend every class.

 

            Quiz-- One quiz will be given for 30pts. The quiz will be on the structures, names, and abbreviations for the twenty common amino acids. In addition to the specific quiz, the amino acid material could also be on the appropriate exams.

            THERE COULD BE ONE OR MORE “POP QUIZZES” (VARIABLE POINTS EACH) TO ESTABLISH THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING CLASS AND CURRENT IN THE MATERIAL.

 

            Exams-- Exams will be given on the following days. The lowest score of the three exams will be dropped. The Final Exam will cover all the material from the entire course.

 

            First Exam (100pts)---            October 2, 2015

            Second Exam (100pts)---       November 6, 2015

            Third Exam (100pts)---           December 11, 2015

            Cumulative Final Exam (200pts)--- Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:45PM to 2:45PM

 

            The theoretical maximum total score for this course will be 430pts (without pop quizzes). However, your grade will be based on the person with the actual highest number of points as follows:

 

                        90% of actual high= A- to A

                        78% of actual high= B- to B+

                        65% of actual high= C- to C+

                        55% of actual high= D- to D+

 

****PLEASE NOTE THAT I TRY TO BE AS FAIR AS POSSIBLE IN GRADING AND SHOULD ALBERT EINSTEIN’S GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER/SON BE IN THIS CLASS AND HAVE A VERY HIGH TOTAL (APPROXIMATELY 5% ABOVE THE NEXT POINT TOTAL) I WILL SELECT THE SECOND HIGHEST TOTAL UPON WHICH TO BASE THE CURVE (OR 5% BELOW THE HIGHEST).****


Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Schedule and Associated Readings .

 

           THE TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS CONTAIN MORE MATERIAL THAN WE WILL COVER IN LECTURE. THE EXAMS WILL BE BASED ONLY ON TOPICS THAT I HAVE DISCUSSED IN LECTURE.

 

Chapter 1- Introduction—Biochemistry and the unity of life

Chapter 2- Water, Chaos, and pH Problems.

Chapter 3- Amino Acids

Chapters 4 and 5- Proteins

Chapters 6, 7, and 8- Enzymes, Mechanisms, and Coenzymes.

Chapter 9-Hemoglobin and Allosteric Proteins

Chapter 10- Carbohydrates.

Chapters 11 and 12- Lipids and Membranes.

Chapters 33, 34, 36, 39, and 40- Nucleic Acids, Replication, Transcription, and Translation.

Chapter 15- Energy and Bioenergetics.

Chapters 16, 17, 24, 26, and 26– Glycolysis, Pentose Phosphate Pathway, Gluconeogenesis, Glycogen Degradation, and Glycogen Synthesis.

Chapters 18 and 19- Citric Acid Cycle.

Chapters 20 and 21- Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation.

Chapters 27, 28, and 29- Lipid Metabolism.

****Time will most likely expire at this point in the semester, or before, however, should we set new speed records additional material may be covered.****

Stained Glass Ball.gif (983 bytes)Problem Set Answers and  Various Materials