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In the chemical reaction A+B-->C, why do A and B join to make C? Does this happen inside or outside of the cell?
Because the cell needs C, and inside the cell
What does the enzyme do?
The enzyme will grab the reactants and tweak them so they are able to fly over the energy of activation.
What does the enzyme not do for the chemical reaction?
It does not increase the amount of energy, just tweaks the reactants to drop the energy of activation to nothing so the reactants can change into the product
What are the 2 roles of chromosomes?
1. to pass gene information to the next generation
2. to control cell activity
Why is it impossible for catalase to stimulate the formation of hydrogen peroxide from water and oxygen?
b/c catalase cannot make energy, just reduces the energy of activation
What are the 6 reasons water is so important?
1. Can't use ATP without water b/c water helps break ATP apart
2. Many molecules and membranes can't function without hydration, and if the membranes aren't hydrates they cannot function and may even leak
3. Because every chemical can dissolve and react with each other, so without water the chemicals would just stick to the side if they couldn't dissolve
4. water is the most excellent temperature buffer, its temp does not change easily and a constant temperature is easier for an organism to stay alive
5. Water has a very low freezing point and very high boiling point, can't have a chemical reaction in a solid (frozen water)
6. Water exists as a liquid across a huge range of temperatures. Water is liquid almost everywhere in the earth
What type of charge do a proton and electron have?
Proton=positive charge. Electron=negative charge.
If there are not enough protons in a cell, what happens?
The cell is not able to do reactions or biological processes
If there is a cell with a pH of 7 and another with a pH of 5, which has more protons?
The cell with the pH of 5, it has 100 times more the proton concentration. 7-5=2. 10 x 10= 100
What are the 3 ways a pigment will de-excite?
1. release of heat
2. release of a photon and heat
3. energy migration-make sugar
What does it mean if the chlorophyll in a plant are flourescing?
That's not good for the plant, that's wasting energy
When electrons are flowing in a plant, where do the protons flow from and to?
The protons flow from the stroma to the lumen
The pH of tissue is as low as 3 in the morning but 7 in the evening. How did the concentration of protons change during the day?
7-3=4. 10x10x10x10= 10,000
What is the pH of pure water? And what does the concentration of protons equal to in pure water?
7. The concentration of protons is equal to the concentration of hydroxyl's in pure water.
What happens if something is added to pure water, like in a swamp?
Protons would be added to the water and the proton concentration would exceed the hydroxyl concentration so the pH would be LESS than 7, therefore ACIDIC
What happens if protons are removed from pure water?
Then the hydroxyl concentration would increase and the pH would go above 7, called BASIC
What are the 3 reasons cells need so much energy?
1. b/c they need to make energetically uphill reactions happen
2. to move molecules from low concentration to a high concentration
3. need energy to build things in a cell
Definition of heterotrophy?
What we are, means we eat other living organisms that are either alive or dead to get our high energy molecules
Definition of autotrophy?
What plants are, means self-feeding aka photosynthesis to get their high energy molecules, use sunlight and gas from the air
Process of breaking up the high energy molecules that we eat into smaller molecules so they can get into the cells through the plasmalemma
What is the process of digestion include?
Process starts in the mouth with the teeth that break the food into smaller molecules. Food then goes down the esophagus and enter the stomach.
What is the role of the stomach in digestion process? (3)
1. to store food so you don't have to eat constantly
2. stomach walls are muscles, and these muscles squish the food and breaks the food down more with these muscles
3. Chemically breaks down food so the smaller molecules can get into the cell through the plasmalemma
What is diffusion?
the movement of substances and molecules from a high concentration to low concentration, energetically downhill
What is the process of photosynthesis?
The energy comes from sunlight, and then travels down in little packets called photons that travel in waves.
What are photons?
Little packets of energy that all have different amounts of energy and different wavelengths
Why is it possible to debate that plants may actually be heterotrophic?
Because of parasidic plants and parts of the plant are heterotrophic, like the roots, that depend on soil for their high energy molecules
Where do autotrophic organisms get their energy and carbon from?
They get their energy from sunlight and their carbon from carbon dioxide in the air
What is infared light/radiation?
About half of the photons from the sun have a long wavelength and low energy and are called infared light/radiation
What is UV?
About 5% of the photons from the sun are very short wavelength and high energy, called UV
What is the visible?
The other half of photons from the sun have intermediate wavelength and have intermediate levels of energy, called the VISIBLE and are the ones you can see. Around 400-700 wavelength.
Why do we depend on the visible light to excite our eyeballs?
B/c infared light has energy too low and UV light has energy too high
What is a pigment?
A pigment is usually a large molecule that share the same general properties no matter where they are (in your eye, in a plant, etc.), and they all have one "loose" electron
What is the absorption of the photon process?
Each pigment has a "loose" electron that when struck by a photon (visible light), the loose electron will be knocked down away from the positively charged nucleus. This is not where the electron should be, and now the pigment has higher energy. This happens in your eyeball all the time.
If we give a sun leaf and a shade leaf both really high light, how much chlorophyll fluorescence would you expect in the 2 leaves?
the shade leaf would show more fluorescence because there's more fluorescence under stress and the shade leaf would be stressed out because it is not used to all the sunlight
What is atrazine? Where is it in the chloroplast? What does it cause?
the world's most widely used pesticide that is toxic to most plants. It sits in the thylakoid membrane and prevents the electron from P680 and PQ, which kills the plant. It is an electron transfer inhibitor. It also causes the leaves to stop photosynthesizing.
How much energy does the lumen and the stroma have?
Lumen has a positive charge and the stroma has negative energy.
Where do ADP, P, and NADPH go after ATP is made?
they are recycled and go back to the stroma to make more sugar and become energized
What is the enzyme that takes CO2 out of the air for plant photosynthesis and that is also the most abundant protein in the world?
What is the role of the liver in digestion of food?
breaking up fat into small particles which can be absorbed
Where are the majority of digestive enzymes added to the food particles?
duodenum of the small intestine
Why is the production of bicarbonate by the pancreas important in digestion?
the digestive enzymes in the duodenum require a basic pH
Why is infared "light" ineffective in photosynthesis?
its energy level is too low to excite chlorophyll
If the pigments in your eye had an identical absorption spectrum as is characteristic of chlorophyll, which color would be difficult for you to see?
a green shirt
If a chlorophyll molecule were excited by a photon of blue light, what is the most likely nature of the photon released by the chlorophyll during fluorescence?
Approximately what proportion of the sun's photons striking the earth's surface can potentially be converted to sugar in a healthy plant?
If the chlorophyll molecule P700 in a leaf is struck by a photon with a wavelength of 400, what is the consequence?
it is excited, then it donates an electron to NADP
How does the pH of a chloroplast's lumen compare to that of its stroma for a healthy plant at noon in the sun?
higher in the stroma
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