publication . Article . 2014

Interactive Hangman teaches amino acid structures and abbreviations

Britney O. Pennington; Duane W. Sears; Dennis O. Clegg;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
© 2014 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 42(6):495-500, 2014. We developed an interactive exercise to teach students how to draw the structures of the 20 standard amino acids and to identify the one-letter abbreviations by modifying the familiar game of "Hangman." Amino acid structures were used to represent single letters throughout the game. To provide additional practice in identifying structures, hints to the answers were written in "amino acid sentences" for the students to translate. Students were required to draw the structure of the corresponding letter they wished to guess on a whiteboard. Each student received a referenc...
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free text keywords: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Humans, Amino Acids, Molecular Structure, Students, Educational Measurement, Teaching, Terminology as Topic, Hangman, Interactive game, amino acid abbreviations, amino acid structures, Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Educational game, Active learning, Teaching method, Whiteboard, Mathematics education, Amino acid, chemistry.chemical_classification, chemistry
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