New Release: IB Chemistry SL & HL Option D: Medicinal Chemistry – Study & Revision Guide

We are happy to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Chemistry Option D: Medicinal Chemistry This book is a complete revision guide for SL and HL students preparing to answer IBDP Chemistry Paper 3 questions on Option D: Medicinal Chemistry. Focused on the syllabus requirements and with an emphasis on chemical structures to aid understanding, it provides the essential review, practice, and up-to-date advice needed to maximise marks in the exam.       Here’s what author Martin Bluemel ...

Xenobiotics, Option B – Biochemistry

I’ll be honest, Xenobiotics was a new one to me.  I’d heard of antibiotics – defined in my own words as ‘those chemicals that kill bacteria’, but Xenobiotics was a new one. So what did I do? Probably the same thing as you and I googled it, getting: ‘Relating to or denoting a substance, typically a synthetic chemical, that is foreign to the body or to an ecological system’.  So, an antibiotic then? Well, yes, and no – not just an antibiotic, it’s ...

Which option?

As the academic year draws to an end I thought it would be worth planning ahead and thinking about the options. We will deal with the big question in a moment (ie, which option?) but it is also worth planning ahead and asking yourself the question – when? (will I do the option?) You may have already informally have started your option teaching – the new guide makes the links with the core and AHL part of the so easy to see ...

JMOL and visualization software

As part of the Biochemistry unit of the G11 unit, students are asked to observe molecules via visualization software "to compare cellulose, starch and glycogen". Check out the following: Download the JMOL software at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jmol/ Go to the containing folder and click on JMOL.jar Then you can access the relevant molecules at https://sites.google.com/a/lcis.bs/plastics-in-the-ocean/carbohydrates-activity In order to play around with the molecule, right click on the image and some options appear. If you are totally confused, go here http://biomodel.uah.es/en/model3/inicio.htm In addition, watch the following videos

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Here in the UK it has been the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - 60 years on the throne. Us Brits have been celebrating all over the country like only Brits only know how to do - by having street parties. Don't worry, this article is not going to be about the street party I have been to today but I thought I would theme the next few posts to link in with the Queen's Jubilee. That was the easy part (deciding on a ...