Interactive tutorials are blue. Student Learning Guides (SLGs) are red. 

1.  Basic Chemistry for Biology Students

This optional tutorial gives you (or your students) the chemistry background (atoms, molecules, chemical bonding) needed to understand biology. For students who haven’t taken a high school-level chemistry course, this tutorial is highly recommended.

Basic Chemistry Student Learning Guide

  1. Basic Chemistry for Biology Students 

2. Topic 1.1: The Chemistry of Water and Hydrogen Bonding

Topic 1.1, Structure of Water, SLG 

  1. Topic 1.1: The Chemistry of Water and Hydrogen Bonding

3. Carbon, the Elements of Life, and Functional Groups

Topic 1.2, Carbon, the Elements of Life, and Functional Groups, SLG

  1. Topic 1.2: Carbon and the Elements of Life

  2. Functional Groups and Isomers

    • Note: While functional groups are not explicitly in the AP bio standards, they’re extremely useful for understanding the biochemistry you’ll encounter in an AP Bio course.

4. Biochemical Macromolecules

Topics 1.3 – 1.6, Biological Macromolecules SLG

  1. Topic 1.3: Monomers and Polymers

  2. Topic 1.4 – 1.6 Overview: The Four Biomolecule Families

  3. Topic 1.4, Part 1: Carbohydrates

  4. Topic 1.4, Part 2: Lipids

  5. Topic 1.5: Proteins

  6. Topic 1.6. Nucleic Acids

5. Unit 1 Cumulative Flashcards and Quizzes