The Amino Acid Starter Kit Poster© allows students to connect the chemical structure of each amino acid side chain – as it is commonly represented in textbooks – with the properties of the amino acids.  The laminated poster features a dual color scheme:

  • Each atom of the side chain is color coded according to atom type (red for oxygen, blue for nitrogen, gray for carbon and yellow for sulfur).
  • The base of each side chain is color-coded to reflect the overall chemical property of the side chain (yellow for hydrophobic side chains, red for acidic side chains, blue for basic side chains, white for hydrophilic but uncharged side chains, and green for cysteines).