FINAL PROJECT: Abstract and Reader's Reponse > Popular Workout and Energy Supplements and Their Biochemical Effects on the Body

Abstract: The biochemical interactions of popular performance enhancing supplements is examined. Many people consume energy and workout products without being properly informed of the side effects involved in their consumption. Furthermore, as chemistry and biology students, there should be an interest in understanding the mechanisms of action for popular performance enhancing products. The supplements covered are: caffeine, pterostilbene, caffeine:pterostilbene cocrystal, taurine, beta-alanine, bioperine, and creatine. The general concepts of chemistry discussed in this paper are: how molecular structure impacts solubility, hydrogen bonding, and cocrystal synthesis. The overall takeaway is the understanding of how popular performance enhancing supplements interact on a biochemical level to produce both positive and negative effects.

Reader Profile: A student in AP chemistry or biology who is assigned to read this paper during class after AP exams.

Reader Response: There is a lot of information - perhaps too much - and there is not enough transition between some sections. However, the information about caffeine and creatine were very informative for me. These are my two most used supplements and I did not have much prior knowledge of how they work or any details on safety. However, the other supplements do not really apply to what I'm looking for and are relatively unimportant to me.

Voice: It will be third person throughout the paper.
Citation: It will be in text citations throughout the paper.
May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEric Russ
E, be sure to write both lessons plans (to the teacher) and curriculum materials (students are primary audience; teacher is secondary but also gatekeeping audience).

I would like you to include some cautionary tales about performance-enhancing substances. Here is an important one:

Can you also provide some cautions about caffeine as a work-out enhancer? Do I have this correct?
May 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea