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Chapter 2 Chemical Context of Life
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Elements and Compounds Element –cant be broken down to other substances Compound – substance consisting of two or more elements NaCl, H2O
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Elements required for Life 25 of 92 elements are required Carbon Oxygen Hydrogen Nitrogen Make up 96% of living matter Phosphorus Sulfur Calcium Potassium Make up remaining 4%
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Atoms and Molecules Atom – smallest unit of matter that still retains properties of an element. Made up of: Neutrons Protons electrons
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Atomic Number Atoms differ in number of subatomic particles Atomic Number = number of protons = number of electrons Isotopes contain different amount of neutrons Most are stable but some are radioactive
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Energy Levels of Electrons Electrons are arranged in shells Higher levels mean more potential energy
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Electron shell 1 can hold 2 electrons Shell 2 and 3 can hold 8 electrons Chemical behavior of atoms depend of
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course BIO 301 taught by Professor Razi during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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