This is not a chemistry course, but you need to understand some of the basics in order to make sense of biology. We’ll be looking at very tiny things for the first several weeks of this course. A basic introduction to chemistry will help you understand how proteins, carbohydrates, and other biologically important molecules are put together.
Reading: Language of Science: This reading will help you build a science vocabulary. Be sure to apply what you learn to the next reading about carbon uptake. http://tinyurl.com/lkcf8gc
Carbon Uptake: This is the first primary source reading for this course. The goal is just to get you familiar with the format that scientists use when they report the results of their research. You do not have to read the entire report. Just read the “Abstract” and the Introduction. According to this article, what is one of the expected effects of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/1/4/1108
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This is not a chemistry course, but you will encounter bits of chemistry on a regular basis, just as you did today. If you’re considering a career in science, it’s a good idea to start learning about elements as they come up. There are a lot of good apps for your phone that will give you access to the periodic table of the elements.
You do not need these apps for this course. They’re just a recommended extra. Here are a few, if you’re interested:
For most Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-periodic-table-elements/id467937518?mt=8
Here’s the one I use: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ielements-periodic-table-chemical/id413632149?mt=8