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SEPGuides: Science Education Partnership: Molymod Amino Acid Modeling

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Background on Kit Development

Kit Description

1 Kit

1 Crate per Kit

The Molymod
® Model Kit gives students the chance to explore amino acid structure using fun Molymod® models. Each tube contains enough parts to assemble 2 amino acids (students work in pairs). The models provide a strong 3D visual representation of an amino acid structure. Additional worksheets are provided for teachers to help explain electrons and bonds, amino acid structure, and protein folding.

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Molymod Frequently Asked Questions

  • These pieces are edible, right?

Only to large dogs and certain squirrels. Consult your physician if you or a student has eaten a piece of molymod.

Molymod Notebook Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Tab Document
Kit Inventory

Molymod Kit Inventory List
Complete List of Equipment and Materials Included

Kit Contents * 20 tubes containing model parts (atoms and bonds)
* Extra Model parts
* Amino Acids R Us Poster
Using Molymods Molymod Instructions
Building amino acids using Molymod modeling kits.
Illustrations Different Bonds
A brief tutorial on covalent bonds, hydrogen bonds, ionic bonds, and Van der Waals interactions.
Fun with Electrons
A brief tutorial on the behavior of electrons in small organic molecules.
What is an Amino Acid?
Looking at the different components of an amino acid, and how peptide bonds are formed.
Protein structure - Primary
Protein structure - Secondary
Protein structure - Tertiary
Protein structure - Quaternary
Amino Acids R Us
A poster of the 20 different amino acids.
Amino Acid Chart
A chart separating the 20 amino acids into hydrophobic and hydrophilic.