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Compound

A molecule containing different types of atoms

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Element

Contains a single atom

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Organic compounds contain which element?

Carbon, which can form 4 bonds with other atoms. Carbon dioxide is the only inorganic compound containing Carbon.

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Polymers

Strings of repeated units

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Monomer

Individual unit of a polymer

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What is the monomer of a protein?

Amino acid. There are millions of possible proteins, and each have a specific amino acid sequence. Proteins contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.

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The shape of a protein determines its

Function. If the shape of a protein changes, its function changes or can no longer be carried out.

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Dehydration Synthesis

Forms peptide bonds. 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen are removed to form water. In amino acids, connection is formed at rightmost carbon.

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Hydrolysis

Breaks peptide bonds. Water is added.

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Amino Acid backbone structure

  • NH2 is the amino group
  • COOH is the carboxyl group
  • The R group is the side chain that gives each amino acid its unique properties.

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Carbohydrate monomer

Monosaccarides

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General chemical formula for the carbohydrate

C(n)H(2n)O(n). The molecules have a 1:2:1 ratio, but as bonds form the ratio changes slightly as water is removed.

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Glucose vs Fructose

 

Although the formula is the same, the structure is different.

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Diasaccaride

Carbohydrate made by 2 monomers, like maltose and sucrose. 

  • Maltose is formed by 2 molecules of glucose by dehydration synthesis. C12H22O11.
  • Sucrose is formed when glucose combines with fructose by dehydration synthesis. C12H22O11..

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Purpose of Carbohydrates

  • Quick energy, breaks into glucose, which enters blood.
  • Can be converted to fat for storage, or protein to form muscle.

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Polysaccaride

3 or more monosaccarides bonded together. Examples include glycogen, starch, and cellulose, which differ in the way the glucose are linked together.

  • Animals store glucose as glycogen in the liver short term.
  • Plants store glucose as starch
  • Cellulose is the structural polysaccaride that forms the cell walls of plants.

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Lipid monomers

Hydrocarbons (CH2)

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Hydrophobic

Nonpolar, don't interact with water.

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Fatty acids

Long hydrocarbon chains with a carboxyl group (COOH) at one end. 

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Glycerol

An alcohol (-OH) with 3 carbon atoms.

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3 most common forms of lipids

  1. Triglycerides- 3 fatty acids bonded to a glycerol molecule. Most common form in human blood, and how fat is stored.
  2. Phospholipids- similar in structure to triglycerides, but one fatty acid chain is replaced with a phosphate group (PO3). They are hydrophilic on phosphate end, and align their polar and nonpolar ends when they interact.
  3. Cholesterol- formed by rings of hydrocarbon. Found in blood tissues and blood of animals, used to maintain cell membranes and produce steroid hormones (testosterone).

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Saturated lipids

Solid at room temperature, do not contain double bonds.

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Lipid bilayer

In unsaturated fats, the tail spreads the molecules apart.

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Steroid hormones

  • 4 fused carbon rings
  • Hydrophobic

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Nucleic Acids

  • Monomer is a nucleotide
  • Found in cell nucleus
  • DNA and RNA. DNA goes from DNA to RNA to proteins.

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Why can't DNA and RNA nucleotides be exchanged?

DNA uses a different sugar (deoxyribose, no oxygen) than RNA (ribose).

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A nucelotide is made up of

A sugar, a phosphate, and a nitrogen base.

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Which chemicals act as nucleotide bases?

  • adenine, guanine, cytosine, thymine
  • In RNA, thymine is replaced with uracil.
  • G matches with C, A matches with T
  • GC pairs are stronger, and make a DNA strand with more of these pairs more stable.

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DNA structure

  • A ladder that twists into a double helix
  • Sugar and phosphate form the sides, while the bases form rungs.
  • Each DNA strand is different due to unqiue order of nucleotides.

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What is a complementary nucleic acid strand?

Complementary strands form base pairs with each other at each nucleotide.