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AP Biology AP Exam Review Vocab CH 1 - 5

"Chemistry of Life" Ch. 1-5
anything that takes up space and has mass; can be in rock, metal, oil, gases
substance that cannot be broken down by chemical reactions
2 or more different elements combined in fixed ratio (ex. salt)
smallest unit of matter that retains properties of an element
subatomic particle that has a neutral charge
subatomic particle that has a positive charge
subatomic particle that has a negative charge
covalent bond
sharing a pair of valence electrons by two atoms
two or more atoms held together by covalent bonds
single bond
pair of single covalent bond
double bond
double covalent bond
bonding capacity of an atom
the attraction of a particular kind of atom for the electrons of a covalent bond; more electronegative an atom, the more strongly it pulls shared electrons towards itself
nonpolar covalent bond
bond where electrons are shared equally
polar covalent bond
bon where one atom is bonded to a more electronegative atom, the electrons are not shared equally
ionic bond
cations and anions attract each other; bond where two atoms are so unequal in their attraction for valence electrons that the more electronegative atom strips an electron completely away from its partner.
an electrically charged molecule or atom
ion's charge is positive
ion's charge is negative
ionic compounds
also known as salts; compounds formed by ionic bonds
hydrogen bonds
bond that forms when a hydrogen atom covalently bonded to one electronegative atom is also attracted to another electronegative atom
van de Waals interactions
weak bonds that occur only when atoms and molecules are very close together
different atomic forms; radioactive form where nucleus decays spontaneously
polar molecule
two ends of molecule have opposite charges
linkage that makes water more structured than other liquids; holds substance together; related to adhesion and surface tension
clinging of one substance to another
moderation of temperature
water absorbs heat from warm air and releases air that is cooler; heated water equates to the increase in molecules' speed; water has HIGH SPECIFIC HEAT
insulation of bodies of water
in floating ice water is less dense as a solid; hydrogen gains four partners; water expands
solvent of life
water dissolves a variety of solutes; known also as an aqueous solution
substance that increases the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution
substance that reduces the hydrogen ion concentration
pH scale
acid not only adds hydrogen ions to solution but removes hydroxide ions
• 1 = battery acid (more acidic), 14 oven cleaner (less acidic)
• More hydrogen ions = more acidic
• More basic/more hydroxide ions = less acidic
• Each pH unit is a 10 fold difference
• Buffers - minimize changes in the concentrations
belief in a new life force outside jurisdiction of physical and chemical laws
tested whether complex organic molecules arise spontaneously = abiotic synthesis of organic compounds could have been an early stage in origin of life
organic chemistry
study of carbon compounds
6 electrons; Acts as intersection point from which a molecule can branch off in as many as four directions: 4 or more atoms = tetrahedral shape, 2 atoms always a double bond; frequent partners oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen
carbon + hydrogen; attached to carbon skeleton wherever electrons are available for covalent bonding
long hydrocarbon tails that attach to non hydrocarbon component; CAN UNDERGO REACTIONS THAT RELEASE ENERGY!!
Compounds that have same # of atoms of the same elements but different structures and properties; can be structural, geometric
isomers that are mirror images of each other
• Arranged in different ways that mirror
• Right and left hand versions
• one is active, one is inactive
three phosphates + adenosine; phosphate may be split as a reaction with water
long molecule consisting of similar or identical blocks, linked my covalent bonds
condensation reaction
two molecules are covalently bonded through LOSS of WATER MOLECULE; also known as a dehydration reaction facilitated by enzymes
polymers are disassembled to monomers, reversal of dehydration reaction and is more extensive
o Bonds are broken down by addition of water
serve as fuel; include sugars and polymers of sugars; simplest are monosaccharides, then disaccharides and polysaccharides
some multiple unit of CH20
o Glucose with multiple hydroxyl groups and a carbonyl group
• Can be aldose or ketose
• Fructose
o Arrangement of parts around asymmetric carbons
o Major nutrient
two monosaccharides joined by a glycosidic linkage
glycosidic linkage
when a sugar is covalently bond is formed by a dehydration reaction
Macromolecules with a few hundred monosaccharides joined by glycosidic linkage
polysaccharide that is extensively branched and is stored in liver and muscle; hydrolysis releases glucose for use but is easily depleted
mix poorly with water; mostly hydrocarbon regions, include waxes and pigments as well as fats, phospholipids, and steroids
• Constructed from glycerol and fatty acids
• Fatty acid has a long carbon skeleton 16-18 in length, non polar C-H bonds in chains
• THREE FATTY ACID MOLECULES join glycerol to make an ester linkage
saturated fatty acid
no double bonds between carbon atoms composing the chain
o lack double bonds
o found in animal fat
unsaturated fatty acid
one on more double bonds; formed by removal of hydrogen atoms in the skeleton
o found in Fish, plant
• THEY ARE essential because they make up the CELL MEMBRANE
• Two fatty acids attached to a glycerol rather than three
lipid composed of four carbon rings that look like chicken wire; ex. cholesterol
composed of chains of amino acids (one or more polypeptides; folded into a three dimensional structure)
• Speed up chemical reacts, or play a role in structural support
• Enzymatic proteins regulate metabolism
o Catalysts = chemical agents that speed up chemical reactions without being consumed by reaction
polymers of amino acids
primary structure
order of amino acids that make up protein
secondary structure
three dimensional arrangement of a protein's segments of coils and folds folded in patterns as a result of hydrogen bonds;
tertiary structure
o Overall shape of polypeptide from interactions with side chains of amino acids.
o Hydrophobic interaction = side chains end up in clusters at core
o Van der Waals reactions keep it in shape
o Disulfide bridges
quaternary structure
o Aggregation of polypeptide units
o Two or more polypeptide chains into one macromolecule