Biology 1201-Chapter 8-An Introduction to Metabolism

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Biology 1201  (MWF 11:30-12:30 PM) Chapter 8 An Introduction to Metabolism Bioenergetics: The Laws of Thermodynamics – 8.2.1 *The chemistry of life is organized into  metabolic pathways. Metabolism— The sum of the chemical processes that occur within a living organism  in order to maintain life. Uptake of matter and energy Conversion to usable form Synthesis of cellular materials Elimination of waste products Two types of metabolic pathways: 1. Catabolic   pathways—pathways   involved   in   degradation;   energy   releasing;  creates more disorder. (Energetically down hill) 2. Anabolic  pathways—pathways involved in syntheses; energy requiring; creates  order. (Energetically uphill)  Catabolism— The breakdown of complex  molecules in living  organisms to form  simpler ones, together with the release of energy; destructive metabolism. Degradation, releases energy Anabolism— The synthesis of complex molecules in living organisms from simpler  ones together with the storage of energy; constructive metabolism. Synthesis, consumes energy *Organisms transfer energy Energy— is the capacity to do work. Joules
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Review types of energy: Potential energy— energy of position. Kinetic energy— energy of motion. *Energy transfers are subject to the  laws of thermodynamics. First Law of Thermodynamics— energy can be transferred and transformed, but it  cannot be created or destroyed (i.e., the energy of the universe is constant). Second Law of Thermodynamics— every energy transfer or transformation makes  the energy more disordered (i.e., every process increases entropy).  The entropy of a closed system can only  increase . Entropy   (S)—
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