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Chemistry of Microbiology Lecture Materials

These are the Chemistry of Microbiology Lecture materials of the Virtual Microbiology Classroom​ (8-week & 16-week). The resources below are used to supplement actual college microbiology courses. 

Mannitol Salts Agar with Staph epidermidis on Left and Staph aureus on Right

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SPO VIDEO: ​How to Interpret MacConkey's Agar (MAC) Specialized Bacterial 
Growth Medium
Virtual Microbiology

You have free access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory microbiology course. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions and Practice Test Questions.
Prokaryotic Cell, Mariana Ruiz
These lecture learning objectives are a study guide based on the VMC Chemistry of Microbiology Lecture PowerPoint Show:

  • ​What are the three types of chemical bonds that we discussed? Describe each.
  • What are elements, atoms, molecules and compounds? re
  • What are oxidation reduction reactions and why are they important for us to understand?
  • What is pH? What is the difference between an acid and a base?
  • ​What are buffers? What was the relationship we discussed between buffers and food poisoning?
  • Why was the bacteria Helicobacter pylori discussed during this lecture?
  • What is the difference between an inorganic and an 
  • Why is carbon such a big deal?
  • Understand the 4 levels of protein structure.
  • What are the different types of lipids that we discussed?
  • What is a nucleotide made of? What are some of the important nucleotides and nucleic acids that we discussed?
  • Why where specialized media MacConkey's and Mannitol Salt introduced during this lecture? How do they relate the the Chemistry of Microbiology?

Versions of Chemistry of Microbiology PPT: 

Printing: The best way for students to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to the Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet". Under Pages Per Sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper, placing two slides on each page.

The Chemistry of Microbiology Lecture materials include:
  • a list of learning objectives
  • a PowerPoint lecture  
  • a homework assignment
  • practice test & review questions
  • links to additional educational resources

SPO VIDEO: ​How to Interpret Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA) Specialized Bacterial Growth Medium

  • The Element Song - Tom Lehrer:
                               > sung by Tom Lehrer
                               > sung by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

E. coli Growing on MacConkey's Medium, T. Port
E. coli, a Gram-negative lactose fermenting bacteria, happily growing on MacConkey's agar.
Word document of a homework assignment given to students at the end of the lecture. This tool helps the students relate chemistry to microbiology. 

These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions are designed to help students better understand the material from this lecture.
  • Chemistry of Micro Practice Test Questions (Part 1 & Part 2)

Here is what students need to read, in addition to the PowerPoint, to master this topic. Check Moodle & the textbook for additional readings.
  • What Is pH? class notes from Science Prof Onlinelass notes from Science Prof Online

These multiple-choice / matching practice test questions and essay review questions designed to help you better understand the material from this lecture. 
  • Chemistry of Micro Practice Test Questions (Part I & Part 2)  


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 1. ​Chemistry Basics & Periodic Table

2. Inorganic Chemistry

3. Organic Chemistry
Chemicals in Flasks, Joe Sullivan