LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Principles of Biochemistry.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
Animated Biochemical TechniquesAnimation techniques offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
Animated Enzyme MechanismsAnimation techniques offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at point of use--plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.
Jmol Molecular Modeling Manual
Students are granted access to Jmol, a computer program widely used by biologists that displays molecular structures that you can interact with by moving, rotating, zooming in and out, and displaying in different ways. This program, in accordance with the Jmol manual allows students to explore the functions and processes of molecular structures.
The manual also includes links to material in the text. This will allow students to do some reading to strengthen background in key concepts as they do the exercises. It will also help them to relate what they learn from the exercises to the course material.
Jmol Molecular Modeling Manual: A Video Guide by Dr. Jeffrey CohlbergStudents are provided with a video guide to help assist with learning of the Jmol software.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
Lecture Companion ArtLecture Companion Art are PowerPoint presentations with the images from each chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Living GraphsLiving Graphs are interactive and animated graphs that first demonstrate a concept to students and then ask them to create their own graph to check understanding.
Molecular Structure TutorialsFor the molecular structures shown in the text, students are given a 3 dimensional figure and are allowed to manipulate the images to view them from every angle, remove parts of the image to see its components separately, and are given the option of viewing labels and descriptions for figure components. The function of the molecular structure is briefly explained and students are given guided activities to show them how to manipulate the structure for an enhanced learning experience.
Problem-Solving VideosStudents are provided with a series of videos that walk them through the solutions to the problems throughout the chapter. The videos utilize graphs and diagrams and also provide students with the principles behind the problem they are asked to solve.
WeblinksEach chapter offers students external web links to assist with learning in various ways like displaying potential career opportunities in the field, offering introductions to chapter concepts, providing links to internet learning activities, and more for a complete learning experience.
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Animations in PowerPointLinks to animated figures are presented conveniently in PPT slides for easy transitions between lecture presentation and animated links.
Clicker QuestionsEach chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an iClicker during lectures.
Image PowerPointsAll images from the text are provided as PPT for use in class or for enhancing an existing PPT presentation.
Jmol Molecular Modeling Manual: A Guide for InstructorsInstructors are provided with a guide to the Jmol manual to inform you of what kind of activities your students are exploring, the purpose of the given activities, and how students can apply what they have learned to other classroom activities.
Lecture Presentations for use with PowerPointAnimated and interactive PPTs are provided for structuring class lectures. Fully editable, use them in total or use parts of them to enhance an existing PPT presentation.
Protein Database IDs
The Research Collaboratory for Structural Informatics Protein Data Bank (PDB) is the single international source for 3D structure files, not only for proteins, but also for nucleic acids and macromolecular complexes.
For your convenience, these IDs are collected in this file and arranged by figure number and chapter. To view the complete information for a given molecule, visit the link provided in the file and copy and paste the four-character ID into the Web page.