Combinatorial Chemistry—Chemistry Now

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Finding new drugs has been likened to finding a needle in a haystack. How do pharmaceutical companies do it? One of a small series of four informative leaflets examines combinatorial chemistry, the method at the forefront of new drug research. Advanced chemistry scholars work as individuals or in pairs to learn more about the process and answer the included questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Make the resource part of a sub plan for an honors or AP chemistry class
  • Show a short video about the topic to help the class get a better feel for how they might use it in the real world
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity is meant for pupils with an advanced understanding of chemistry and biochemistry
Pros
  • The teacher's guide includes an answer key to make grading fast and easy
  • Subject matter is very interesting and a great choice for highlighting potential careers in chemistry
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  • None
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