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Structure of bases and nucleotides

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Structure of bases and nucleotides

Postby nighty » Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:03 pm

Hey all
Does anybody know what's the best way to memorize the structures of the bases, nucleosides and nucleotides?

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Postby Poison » Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:10 pm

using them so often can make you memorize (maybe studying them by writing again and again). I dont know any other way. :)
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Postby Sinead Ryan » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:37 pm

Sometimes it helps if can make some kind of anagram out of them in the proper order. Has to be something that means some thing to you though or youwont remember it.
Also have you tried associated learning????.... where you associate what you learning to some common in everyday life.. like numbers can be associated to birthdays and then to particular people.
Hope that makes sense,
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Postby Jelanen » Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:46 am

Unfortunately the best way to learn the structures is just to keep writing them out over and over again. Thankfully they are relatively similar so you really only have to learn so much..

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Postby Dr_Genius_EGY » Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:59 am

Well i think you may write them or print them on a paper and put a copy in many places in your house, so that they are in front or your eyes always
that's a nice way
you can also do it in Metabolic cycles, classification patterns, and things like these
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Postby Rainman600 » Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:59 pm

Get a formula - works everytime i.e. A+T/C+G=1 8) :?
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Postby ladybug » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:54 am

We are just starting this topic in class, but our instructor has already given us some li'l tricks - if you learn by association like me, they might work for you too.

*C+G are both 'plump' letters and 'go together', since they are plumper, they require 3 bonds between
*A+T are both 'slender' letters that 'go together' and only require 2 bonds between them
*Deoxyribose is Ribose minus one oxygen just like Decaf coffee is minus the caffeine

Are these the kinds of things you meant? If so, let me know and I'll share if we come up with any more in class. I'm sure others must have tricks as well, care to share???
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