Course Instructor: Dr. Jason C. Hurlbert, 301B Sims Science Building , Rock Hill, SC  29733    803/323-4928    803/323-2246 (Fax)   

Course Syllabus
Answer Keys
Lecture Notes
Supplemental Materials:
Problem Sets, Reading Materials
CHEM 106: General Chemistry 2 (Fall 2018, Section 001)

Course Specifics:

Instructor:        Dr. Jason C. Hurlbert
                          Office:  Sims 301B
                          Office hours:  M 10:30-11:30, W 2:00-3:00 and by appointment
                          Phone:  (803) 323-4928

Meeting Times:

Lecture:    Monday and Wednesday, 5:00-6:15PM, Sims 105 

Textbook:    Chemistry: An Atoms Focused Approach, 2nd ed., Gilbert, Kirss, Foster, and Bretz

Course Outline and Objectives:

We will cover the following topics during the semester:

  • Chemical concepts as they relate to biological systems
  • Chemical Reactivity
  • Intramolecular forces
  • The chemistry of the essential molecules for life: lipids, amino acids and sugars
    • Specifically: How these molecules are made, how they react and how they interact with other molecules found in the cell.
  • Molecular Biology (The relationship between biology and chemistry)
  • Enzymology
  • Metabolic pathways and the chemistry behind them

Along the way, I hope to show you how important the field of chemistry is in everyday life. We will spend the initial part of the course firming up material covered in General Chemistry I, then move into the chemical basis for many biological processes, and finish by studying specific metabolic pathways from a chemical point of view. In addition, the course will serve to help build your critical thinking skills and develop effective study habits, traits you'll need regardless of your chosen career goals.

CHEM106 Section 001 Fall 2018 Tentative Course Schedule

(Modified Sunday, October 21, 2018)

Note:  This schedule will change as necessary. 


Assignments given in the "Assignments" column of the table below should be completed after the lecture but are not due unless they are given in red and are called "Problem Sets"

You should do the problems after lecture so that you can be confident in your abilities

Once again, only things labeled Problem Sets should be turned in on paper to me at the start of class on the date given



Material Covered



Aug 20

No Class Meeting


Aug 22

Course Introduction

Chemical Calculations


Chapter 7: Problems 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 20, 21

Chapter 8: 12, 13, 16, 28, 29, 33


Aug 27

Intermolecular Forces and

Introduction to thinking about biology chemically

Chapter 6: 7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 27, 31, 33, 50, 79, 81, 82, 89, 99


Aug 29

Quiz 1


Sept 3

Labor Day

No Class Meeting


Sept 5

Organic Chemistry 1: 

Hydrocarbon naming and Functional Groups

Supplemental: Organic Cheimstry Functional Group Chart


Sept 10

Organic Chemistry 2:

Common Reactions: Nucleophilic substitution, General Acid-Base catalysis and Condensation reactions

Problem Set 1 Due


Sept 12


Sept 17

Hurricane Florence No Class


Sept 19

Test 1


Sept 24

Amino Acids: 

Structure and Behaviour

Supplemental: Amino Acid and Protein Folding Book Chapter


Sept 26

Proteins 1: Structure

Supplemental: The Anatomy and Taxonomy of Protein Structure: Section II: A - E


Oct 1

Proteins 2:Kinetics and Regulation

Supplemental: Enzyme Kinetics

4.1 -

Supplemental: Enzyme Kinetics

4.2.7 -

Handout on using a Texas Instruments graphing calculator to analyze kinetic data


Oct 3

Supplemental: Enzyme Kinetics 4.3 -

Supplemental: Enzyme Kinetics 4.3 -



Oct 8

Proteins 4:  Enzyme Control and Active Sites

Problem Set 2 Due

Supplemental: Enzyme function and regulation


Oct 10


Oct 15

No Class Fall Break

Oct 17

Test 2


Oct 22

Reaction Mechanisms:

Case Study 1:Chymotrypsin

Case Study 2:Alcohol dehydrogenase

Oct 24


Oct 29



Oct 31

Lipids and Membranes

Quiz 3 Given Out (Take Home Quiz)             


Nov 5

The Chemical Reactions of Life 1: Glycolysis


Nov 7


Quiz 3 (Take Home) Due


Nov 12


Problem Set 3 Due


Nov 14



Nov 19

Test 3


Nov 21

Thanksgiving Break No Class


Nov 26

Cell Signalling

Nov 28


Dec 3

Final Exam Review

Grading for the Course

Assigned Problem sets are given in the course calendar. These problem sets will be collected on the dates indicated. Please feel free to work in groups on these problems. However, make sure that you understand how these problems are solved as you may be required to present the solutions to the class during the recitation sections.

Three quizzes will be given during the semester. These quizzes will be 70 minutes in duration and will be worth 40 points each. Be prepared! Bonus quizzes may spontaneously appear at any time and the points from these quizzes will be added to your point total for the course.

Test 1 (September 17)
Test 2 (October 17)
Test 3 (November 19)
• Each test will have a value of 100 points

Final Exam - Saturday, December 8 at 3:00PM
The final exam is cumulative and you must make at least a 50% on the exam to pass the course.
• The final exam will cover the entire course and will have a value of 200 points

Total Possible Points

120 points: Quizzes: 3 @ 40 points each
300 points: Tests: 3 @ 100 points each
200 points: Final Exam
200 points: Homework: 4 problem sets @ 50 points each
820 Total possible points for the course


A  :  90 - 100% (738-820 pts)
B+:  86 - 89% (705-737 pts)
B  :  77 - 85% (631-704 pts)
C+:  74 - 76% (533-630 pts)
C  :  66 - 73% (541-532 pts)
D  :  56 - 65% (459-540 pts)
F  :  <55% (<458 pts)

CHEM 108 Corequisite

Since the CHEM 106/108 combination represents a General Education requirement, CHEM108 must be completed and passed in order to receive a final grade in CHEM106. Students who do not pass CHEM108 will receive an incomplete in CHEM106 until CHEM108 has been passed.

Technology in the Classroom

Out of respect for everyone in the room, please turn your cellular telephones to ‘Silent’ and (if applicable) mute your laptop computers. Also, laptop computers may only be used for taking notes during the class period, not updating your Facebook page, checking email, tweeting, etc.  Due to the complex nature of many of the subjects discussed during lecture and the frequent use of graphs and figures, it is the instructor's opinion that the best way to take notes is by hand. Students failing to adhere to these rules may be asked to leave should their behavior prove disruptive to the class.  No telephones or laptops may be used during exams or quizzes. You will need to bring a scientific calculator to class for quizzes and exams.

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