Molecules and Medicine
by E.J. Corey, Barbara Czako and Laszlo Kurti, Wiley
by Paul M. Gahlinger, M.D,.Sagebrush Press
Google Site https://sites.google.com/a/wellesley.edu/chem-102-01-sp13/
In a broad sense the course is about how molecules affect our bodies and minds. We will look at a variety of legal and illegal drugs plus any other molecules you find interesting. The focus will be on how these function by understanding their molecular properties and biochemistry. Several diseases, including AIDS, diabetes, cancers and heart disease will be covered. We will try to get a working understanding of mental illness, addiction, intoxication and hallucination. Finally we will investigate new developments and the social consequences of these molecules on current events.
Most everything in class will be coordinated through GoogleSites. There is a Syllabus with links to each class's content. Assignments will be announced in Google but they may be submited and returned via Sakai. Discussions will take place in the Discussion Forum, A Drug News Blog will contain current events which you are encouraged to add to and comment on. A Biography Wiki will have info on each of you from an interview your lab partner will do..
alcohol, Alli, amphetamines, arsenic, aspirin, AZT, caffeine, cocaine, COX2 inhibitors, cyanide, ecstasy, heroin, insulin, LSD, marijuana, nicotine, nitroglycerin, nitrous oxide, penicillin, phytoestrogens, protease inhibitors, Prozac, quinine, steroids, Viagra
Weekly 10 minute quizzes, occasional home work, short essays, midterm, labs, a final, and an oral presentation of about 15-20 minutes.