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Exam 2

exergonic reaction

a chemical reaction that releases energy

cellular respiration is an

exergonic reaction

endergonic reactions

yield products that are rich in potential energy


energy inward

photosynthesis is an

endergonic reaction


the total of an organisms chemical reactions

metabolic pathway

series of chemical reactions that either build a complex molecule or breaks down a complex molecule into simpler compounds

energy coupling

the use of energy released from exergonic reactions to drive essential endergonic reactions (crucial ability of all cells)

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