Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2023  
Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 150 - Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry


An introduction to organic chemistry emphasizing basic concepts and applications to biological systems. Course especially designed for the student needing a one-semester organic chemistry course. PREREQUISITE(S): CHEM 131  or consent of department. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly CH 120.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Identify the functional groups in organic molecules.
  • Compare the physical properties of compounds with different functional groups or molecular sizes.
  • Assign common and IUPAC names to simple organic compounds.
  • Write condensed structural formulas for simple organic compounds.
  • Predict the products of organic reactions and recognize similar reactions in metabolic pathways.
  • Identify strong and weak acids and bases.
  • Write equations for acidic and basic equilibria and identify Bronsted acids and bases.
  • identify whether a solution is acidic, basic, or neutral, given the pH or the hydronium ion concentration.
  • Calculate the hydronium and hydroxide ion concentrations from pH or pOH, and vice versa.
  • Using chemical equations, explain how buffers work, including the physiological buffers.
  • Identify the structural components of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Write the structures of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids from their component molecules and identify the linkages present in these biomolecules.
  • Identify the products of the hydrolysis of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Describe the four levels of protein structure.
  • Explain briefly the role of RNA and DNA in protein biosynthesis.

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