Unit 10: Introduction to Biochemistry
Compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen are used to supply and store energy.
Molecular biology explains living processes in terms of the chemical substances involved.
Carbon atoms can form four covalent bonds allowing a diversity of stable compounds to exist.
Life is based on carbon compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.
Anabolism is the synthesis of complex molecules from simpler molecules including the formation of macromolecules from monomers by condensation reactions.
Catabolism is the breakdown of complex molecules into simpler molecules including the hydrolysis of macromolecules into monomers.
Urea as an example of a compound that is produced by living organisms but can also be artificially synthesized.
Falsification of theories = the artificial synthesis of urea helped to falsify vitalism.
Identification of biochemicals such as sugars, lipids, or amino acids from molecular drawings.
Vitamins are chemically diverse carbon compounds that cannot be synthesized by the body.
Dietary minerals are essential chemical elements.
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Systems vs. Reductionist View Reading
Systems vs. Reductionists Video
Carbon Chemistry Notes
Depicting Molecular Structures Reading
Vitamins and Minerals
Bozeman Biology Video
Organic Molecules Synthesis Notes
Organic Molecules Notes
Final Knowledge Inventory
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