Ch2-The Chemistry of Life

Ch2-The Chemistry - 2 The Chemistry of Life 2 The Chemistry of Life 2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms 2.2 How Do

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2 The Chemistry of Life
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2 The Chemistry of Life 2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms? 2.2 How Do Atoms Bond to Form Molecules? 2.3 How Do Atoms Change Partners in Chemical Reactions? 2.4 What Properties of Water Make It So Important in Biology?
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Figure 2.1 The Helium Atom All matter is composed of atoms Protons : positive charge +1 Electrons : negative charge –1 Neutrons : zero charge Atoms : # protons = # electrons— electrically neutral
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2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms? Atoms have volume and mass. Mass of one proton or one neutron = atomic mass unit (amu) or 1 dalton , or 1.7 × 10 24 grams. Mass of one electron = 9 × 10 28 (usually ignored) Element : pure substance containing only one kind of atom Elements are arranged in the periodic table .
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Figure 2.2 The Periodic Table (Part 1)
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Figure 2.2 The Periodic Table (Part 2) The number of protons identifies an element. Number of protons = atomic number.
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2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms? All elements except hydrogen have one or more neutrons. Mass number = number of protons + number of neutrons. Mass number ≈ mass of atom in daltons. Isotopes : forms of an element with different numbers of neutrons, thus different mass numbers Example : 12 C has 6 neutrons 13 C has 7 neutrons 14 C has 8 neutrons Figure 2.3 Isotopes Have Different Numbers of Neutrons
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2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms? Atomic weight : average of mass numbers of isotopes in their normally occurring proportions Atomic weight of carbon = 12.011 Atomic weight of hydrogen = 1.0079 Radioisotopes are unstable, they give off energy in the form of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation from the nucleus. This radioactive decay transforms the atom, including changes in the number of protons. Energy from radioactive decay can interact with surrounding material.
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Figure 2.4 Tagging the Brain Radiation can damage cells and tissues. It is sometimes used to treat cancer. Radioisotopes can be incorporated into molecules and act as a “tag” or label.
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2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms? The number of electrons determines how atoms will interact. Chemical reactions involve changes in the distribution of electrons between atoms. Locations of electrons in an atom are described by
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course BIO 140 taught by Professor Morvaridsoltani-bejnood during the Spring '08 term at University of Tennessee.

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Ch2-The Chemistry - 2 The Chemistry of Life 2 The Chemistry of Life 2.1 What Are the Chemical Elements That Make Up Living Organisms 2.2 How Do

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