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Learning Exercise

Material: DNALC: Biology Animation Library
Submitted by: Scott Cooper on Sep 29, 2009
Date Last Modified: Sep 29, 2009
Title: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Description: This module introduces the math behind PCR reactions and precedes a second module on quantitative PCR. The PCR reaction is best described as an exponential growth function.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 20 min
Topics: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Course: Molecular Biology
Audience: College Upper Division, Graduate School
Learning Objectives: The goal of this module is to introduce the basic mathematics that describes exponential growth. Students should become familiar with using spread sheets to calculate rate of growth.
Text of Learning Exercise: There are two files. The first is a powerpoint tutorial that students can use to generate a spreadsheet simulating PCR amplification. The second is an excel spreadsheet with the finished product.
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Assessment: There are embedded pre and post-assessment tools in the powerpoint.
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