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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2019, 7(1), 12-20
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-7-1-2
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The Human Model for Chemistry Essentials of Life

Jef Struyf1,

1A Retired Instructor of the Health and Technology Department, PBA Chemistry, of UCLeuven-Limburg, Belgium

Pub. Date: January 18, 2019

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Jef Struyf. The Human Model for Chemistry Essentials of Life. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2019; 7(1):12-20. doi: 10.12691/wjce-7-1-2


Human models are presented that will evoke more interest in chemistry or help to overview a complex of reactions. The basic methodology is asking the question of human modeling in chemistry and the search for corresponding subjects. The Vigeland tetrahedral man model, its connections to carbon, and a human body resembling tetrahedron based model for biochemically relevant functional group reactions are presented. Chemical properties analog to four (human) limbs are detected for key actions in the chemistry of life. The human larynx is a model for the core of the neon electron configuration. The human body model is discussed for the chemical properties chirality, configuration and conformation, initiation, propagation and termination. Cube, human and chemical octets are presented. Human hand connections are established for the four basic biomolecules. Remarks and new viewpoints on proteinogenic amino acid fingers are presented. The genetic code and related properties that model the bones and joints structure of a human arm are further developed. The article proves that human models are possible, acceptable, convincing, desirable and interesting.

biochemical education biochemistry chemical education chemistry of life periodic table genetic code genetic code structure human models human hands model models in chemistry octet organic chemistry functional group reactions organic reactions overview proteinogenic amino acids tetrahedral model

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