Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

Handouts (Sample tests, chapter handouts, misc)

Tests (Sample tests, with answer keys, and other test-related information)
Chapter handouts (includes Metabolism handouts); miscellaneous
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Tests
   Sample tests, with answer keys, and other test-related information (Organic/Biochem)

The sample tests are actual tests from previous classes. Two complete sets are posted below, with answer keys. (I will also hand out a sample for Test #1 to make sure everyone gets to see at least the first one before going into the test. The purpose of doing this is so you can see not only the contents of the test, but also what a real test looks like.)

Caution: Exactly what is covered, or even the order of topics, does not always agree from one semester to another. Therefore, you should not rely on sample tests as precise guides to test content. Approximate coverage of each test is shown below.

For more practice questions, see the Practice quizzes.

Information about the note page, which you may use on all tests.

Two pages of "Test information" that I hand out along with the first sample test: info page 1, info page 2.

Tests (and keys) are posted here in RTF format. This is presumably portable, and should be OK for users of a range of word processors. If you find any formatting problems with these files, please let me know. In addition to the individual files, I have posted a ZIP archive file containing the entire set of tests and keys.

For information on how to download or read files, see page File problems. That page also discusses file formats.

Please let me know if you have trouble accessing any files; sometimes, your comment is the way I find out that there is a problem.

Set #1, Spring 2006

Test or answer key RTF file Test coverage (chapter titles, keyed to Ouellette 2/e book); other notes.
Complete set Complete RTFs Zip archive; contains all the test and answer key files listed below. It also contains the reference figures that are listed below for Tests 3 & 4.
Test #1 Test 1 RTF * Ch 3-4. (Alkanes and cycloalkanes; Alkenes and alkynes.)
* This test will also be handed out in class.
Answer key for Test #1 Key 1 RTF
Test #2 Test 2 RTF * Ch 5,6,8,9. (Aromatic compounds; Stereochemistry; Alcohols and phenols; Ethers and epoxides.)
* Test includes the "Cover sheet", which explains the procedure for a take home test.
Answer key for Test #2 Key 2 RTF
Test #3 Test 3 RTF * Ch 10-12. (Aldehydes and ketones; Carbohydrates; Carboxylic acids and esters.)
* Includes the "Cover sheet".
* Test 3 includes a figure showing sugars that you may need on the test. Although the figure is included in the Test 3 file, it does not always format properly using Word. Therefore, I have also provided a copy of this figure as a graphics file: Sugars.
Answer key for Test #3 Key 3 RTF
Test #4 (final exam) Test 4 RTF * Ch 13-Metabolism. (Lipids; Amines and amides; Amino acids, peptides, and proteins; Metabolism.)
* You need tables of standard fatty acids and amino acids and a figure showing the citric acid cycle for Test 4. If you don't have convenient ones yourself, you can use mine: Fatty acids, Amino acids, Citric acid cycle.
Answer key for Test #4 Key 4 RTF

Set #2, Summer 2003

Test or answer key RTF file Test coverage (chapter titles, keyed to Ouellette 2/e book); other notes.
Complete set Complete RTFs Zip archive; contains all the test and answer key files listed below. It also contains the reference figures that are listed below for Tests 3 & 4.
Test #1 Test 1 RTF Ch 3-4. (Alkanes and cycloalkanes; Alkenes and alkynes.)
Answer key for Test #1 Key 1 RTF
Test #2 Test 2 RTF * Ch 5,6,8,9. (Aromatic compounds; Stereochemistry; Alcohols and phenols; Ethers and epoxides.)
* Test includes the "Cover sheet", which explains the procedure for a take home test.
Answer key for Test #2 Key 2 RTF
Test #3 Test 3 RTF * Ch 10-12. (Aldehydes and ketones; Carbohydrates; Carboxylic acids and esters.)
* Includes the "Cover sheet".
* Test 3 includes a figure showing sugars that you may need on the test. Although the figure is included in the Test 3 file, it does not always format properly using Word. Therefore, I have also provided a copy of this figure as a graphics file: Sugars.
Answer key for Test #3 Key 3 RTF
Test #4 (final exam) Test 4 RTF * Ch 13-Metabolism. (Lipids; Amines and amides; Amino acids, peptides, and proteins; Metabolism.)
* You need tables of standard fatty acids and amino acids and a figure showing the citric acid cycle for Test 4. If you don't have convenient ones yourself, you can use mine: Fatty acids, Amino acids, Citric acid cycle.
Answer key for Test #4 Key 4 RTF

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Chapter handouts (includes Metabolism handouts); miscellaneous (Organic/Biochem)

For each chapter I provide a short handout that offers my comments on the chapter. The handout may contain information about homework assignments, priority material within the chapter, known errors, and other comments. See the "Chapter handouts" section of the course syllabus for more information about these handouts.

The following links are to all the major Organic/Biochem (X402) handouts for the entire semester; they are in chronological order. Most of these links are to "chapter handouts"; they are here as PDF files.

Sample tests are available in the top section of this page.

Other course materials, such as practice quizzes and supplementary discussions of various topics, are available from the Intro Organic/Biochem home page.

During a semester, I post current versions of handouts, along with a brief overview of each class, on the Updates/Handouts page. Thus, all the handouts listed below are also available on that page, along with somewhat more discussion of the course content.

For information on how to download or read files, see page File problems. That page also discusses file formats.

Please let me know if you have trouble accessing any files; sometimes, your comment is the way I find out that there is a problem.

Ch 3. Alkanes and cycloalkanes.
* Ch 3 supplementary questions (on combustion reactions).
Ch 4. Alkenes and alkynes.
* Sample test: I hand out the sample for Test 1; this test and its answer key, all other sample tests and keys, and other test-related information, are in the section above: Sample tests, with answer keys, and other test-related information (Organic/Biochem).
Ch 5. Aromatic compounds.
* Ch 5 supplementary questions.
Ch 6. Stereochemistry.
Ch 8-9. Alcohols and phenols. Ethers and epoxides.
* Attached to it are three pages on oxygen functional groups, available here as separate files: Oxygen functional groups, Reactions, Comparison of physical properties, vs functional group. These pages summarize issues from Ch 8-12.
Ch 10. Aldehydes and ketones.
Ch 11. Carbohydrates.
Ch 12. Carboxylic acids and esters.
Ch 13. Lipids.
Ch 14. Amines and amides.
Ch 15. Amino acids, peptides, and proteins.

Metabolism. (main Metabolism handout.)
* 2 supplementary handouts for Metabolism: Glycolysis worksheet and Quiz, pathways.

For more about the Metabolism handouts, see the Metabolism page. That page will give you links to all the Metabolism files, including extra copies of the citric acid cycle figure. It will also offer guidance if you have trouble printing them out.


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Last update: August 19, 2012