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Exploring Life - Honors Biology Chapter 5 Molecules of Life

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Click on Chapter 5

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Start with Concept 5.1 The questions proceed with the disk. Do all the activities. You also have to do the "Closer Look" Answer my questions.

Question 1: What makes something an organic molecule? How many distinct covalent bonds can oxygen make? How many distinct covalent bonds can carbon make?

Question 2: What molecule is produced as polymers are formed?  Contrast dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis?

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Question 3: Compare glycogen and starch. What do they have in common? How are they different?

Question 4: In practical terms give one example of a consequence of oil and water being immiscible (not mixing) (think kitchen).

Question 5. Animal fat is rich in what kind of fatty acids, saturated or unsaturated?

Question 6 How different are estradiol, testosterone and DHEA? Why do you think they have such different effects?

Question 7. What process combines amino acids in making a polypeptide? What is meant by the "R" group? How many kinds of "R" groups are there in human proteins? 


Question 8: (Make sure you do the Closer Look).

A-What are the two kinds of secondary structure in proteins?

B-Describe (in your own words) the 4 levels of protein structure (primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary).

C-What would be the effect of changing one amino acid in the sequence on the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures?



Question 9. For the enzyme in the simulation, what is the optimum temperature? Above are several graphs. Which graph best represents the effect of temperature on enzyme activity? What do you think the optimum temperature would be for human digestive enzymes (extra point for using Celsius!)?



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