Study Guide: Chemistry of Life

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Objective: Describe the molecular basis of life.

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Vocabulary:

  1. Monosaccharaides
  2. Disaccharaides
  3. Polysaccharaides
  4. Hydrophilic
  5. Hydrophobic


Study Guide Questions

  1. Give examples of monosaccharaides, disaccaraides, and polysaccharaides.
  2. Compare and contrast the following polysaccharaides: Glycogen, starch, chiton, cellulose
  3. What is the monomer that makes up each of the following classes of biomolecules?

    1. Carbohydrates
    2. Lipids
    3. Nucleic acids
    4. Proteins


  4. Distinguish between the 3 types of lipids.
  5. Compare and contrast saturated, unsaturated, and trans-fatty acids.
  6. Describe the 4 different levels of protein structure.
  7. What happens when a protein is denatured?
  8. What factors can result in protein denaturation?
  9. List some important functions of proteins.
  10. Describe the structure and function of the 4 major classes of biomolecules.  Answer this question to the detail covered in lecture.


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