Biochemistry of Metabolism

Information for Students

Studio Format: These classes are taught in studio format. During each 2-hour class session, short lectures will alternate with time devoted to studio exercises or group discussions. Instructors will interact informally with students as they work on studio exercises. Students are encouraged to interact with one another as they work on solving problems or addressing questions posed.

Lecture Notes are provided in web pages for each class. These are equivalent to (but not identical to) embedded PowerPoint slides used during lectures. 

Textbook: Unless indicated otherwise, Page numbers given in lecture notes refer to the textbook by Biochemistry, 3rd Edition, 2004, by D. Voet & J. G. Voet. For some topics relating to cell biology, page numbers are also given for the textbook Molecular Biology of the Cell by Alberts, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts & Walter, 2002 (A)

Recent articles (optional reading): A list of recent journal articles (mostly review articles) is provided for each topic. These articles, which were used as sources of information in preparing the web-based notes, may be of interest to individuals wanting to read in more detail about recent advances in particular areas. 

Quizzes & sample test questions:  Potential test questions (essay questions) and self-study quizzes (mostly short answer questions) are provided as study aids. Some (but not all) questions for in-class quizzes subject to grading may be based on previously distributed potential test questions and self-study quizzes. For students at Rensselaer, an announcement relating to quiz format will be provided one week before each quiz. A portion of each quiz will test learning of material introduced during in-class studio exercises.

Potential test questions are provided with each class. Students should seek answers to these questions while listening to lectures, carrying out studio exercises, and preparing for tests.

Self-study quizzes/tutorials

Animations: Some animations, created using Director, are embedded in class web pages. 

Chime: MDL's Chime will be used for molecular visualization exercises. Suggested displays for visualizing relevant aspects of a macromolecule will be provided in the web page for each class. Students are encouraged to try other display modes as well, while exploring structures and attempting to answer questions posed.

With Chime, generally one selects some part of a structure (e.g., a particular protein chain, all His residues, the ligand, etc.), and then chooses a display format for that structure (e.g., ball and stick, spacefill, etc.). Any choice of display mode will be applied to whatever part of the structure was most recently selected. For additional information about the software, see Chime: How to Use It.

Software requirements: Necessary software has been installed on servers for most computer labs on the Rensselaer campus. In order to access tutorials (Authorware files), animations (Director movies), and Chime displays on your own computer, you need to install the following free software as plug-ins to your Explorer web browser:

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