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Chemistry 131, Cameon Geyer: Your Assignment

Your Assignment


Guidelines for Journal Article Summary and Review

Due May 27, 2011   

 For this assignment, worth 100 points, you will choose a complex organic compound that intrigues you (a biological molecule, vitamin, drug, antibiotic, etc.) and find an article from a professional journal reporting original research that relates to your compound.  You can do this either by performing a literature search (we will have a session in the library learning to do this) or by looking through journals yourself.  All professional groups (nurses, dieticians, dental hygienists, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.) publish journals in which current research papers appear, along with other articles of interest to those in the profession.  NOTE:  A “research journal article” is defined as one that appears in a peer-reviewed publication, relates results of original research, and has a list of references at the end. The article should have at least 4 to 8 pages of text and be no more than two years old (although this is negotiable). 

 You must clear your compound and your article with me before the due date (no duplicate articles will be allowed.)  You may do this via email or submitting the information in writing to me.

After finding a suitable article, you will then write a summary and review (approximately two to three pages as required). You must attach a copy of the research article.   You may also write a short, separate “mock media article,” in which you report the results of the research as a newspaper journalist might if given only two paragraphs.  (This is essentially the reverse of what we did last quarter in Chem 121 when we started with the media article.) This will be worth up to two bonus points. 

On your cover sheet, you will draw the molecular structure of your compound and include other pertinent information (title, your name, course information, date).  On a separate page at the end of your paper, you will do an analysis of the structure of your compound, labeling all functional groups, discussing the properties of the compound based on the structure, and any other information that can be inferred or deduced from the structure. You are not required to do extra research on your compound, but you will be expected to use everything we have learned this quarter in your analysis. -- Cameon Geyer, Spring 2010