Topic 2 Flashcards Preview

GCSE Combined Science (Biology) > Topic 2 > Flashcards

Flashcards in Topic 2 Deck (57)
Loading flashcards...

Put the following in size order from smallest to largest:

organ, cell, organ system, tissue

cell → tissue → organ → organ system


What is a tissue?

A group of cells with a similar structure and function.


What is an organ?

Groups of tissues forming particular functions.


What is the function of the digestive system?

To digest and absorb food


What do enzymes do?

Catalyse (speed up) reactions


Name the part of the enzyme indicated by the arrow

Active site


How does the ‘lock and key’ model explain how enzymes work?

'Lock and key' is a simple model to explain that each enzyme has an active site of a specific shape to fit a specific substrate (just like a specific key is needed to fit a lock).


1. Where is amylase produced?

2. Where does amylase work?

3. What does amylase breakdown and what are the products?

1. Amylase is produced in the salivary glands, small intestine and pancreas.

2. Amylase works in the mouth and small intestine.

3. Amylase breaks down starch into sugar.


1. Where is protease produced?

2. Where does protease work?

3. What does protease breakdown and what are the products?

1. Protease is produced in the stomach, small intestine and pancreas

2. Protease works in the stomach and small intestine

3. Protease breaks down protein into amino acids


1. Where is lipase produced?

2. Where does lipase work?

3. What does lipase breakdown and what are the products?

1. Lipase is produced in the small intestine and pancreas

2. Lipase works in the small intestine

3. Lipase breaks down lipids (fats) into fatty acids and glycerol.


What do digestive enzymes do?

Break down food into soluble molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.


Name the enzyme that is a type of carbohydrase.



What are the products of digestion used for?

• To build new carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.

• Some glucose is also used for respiration.


1. Where is bile made?

2. Where is bile stored?

3. What two things does bile do?

1. Bile is made in the liver.


2. Bile is stored in the gallbladder.


3. • Bile is alkaline so neutralises the hydrochloric acid from the stomach

 • It emulsifies fat to form small droplets which increases the surface area to increase the rate of fat breakdown.


Name the four chambers of the heart.


Name the four major blood vessels of the heart.


Name the parts of the lungs in the diagram below.


Describe how the double circulatory system works.

Circulatory system made up of two circuits.

Circuit 1 – Right ventricle pumps deoxygenated blood to lungs. Oxygenated blood returns to the heart.

Circuit 2 – Left ventricle pumps oxygenated blood around the body. Deoxygenated blood returns to the heart.


Name the arteries that wrap around the heart, supplying it with oxygen.

Coronary arteries


What is coronary heart disease?

• A disease that is caused by fatty material build-up inside the coronary arteries.

• These arteries become narrower.

• This reduces blood flow to the heart.

• This results in a lack of oxygen to the heart muscle.


Describe the three ways in which the lungs are adapted for gas exchange.

• Thin, moist walls,

• Large surface area,

• Close network of capillaries


1. Name the cells that control the natural resting heart rate.

2. Where are these cells located?

3. If these cells are not working properly, what might a doctor suggest?

1. Pacemaker cells

2. Right atrium

3. Have an operation to insert an artificial pacemaker


Describe the structure and function of the three blood vessels in the body.

Arteries - Function: Carry blood away from the heart. Structure: Strong, thick, muscular, elastic walls because blood is at high pressure.

Veins - Function: Carry blood to the heart. Structure: Thinner walls because blood is at low pressure. Bigger lumen to help blood flow. Valves to stop blood flowing backwards.

Capillaries – Function: exchanging materials (e.g. oxygen and glucose) at the tissues Structure: Small lumen and thin, permeable walls.


Name the four major parts of the blood.

• Red blood cells

• White blood cell

• Plasma

• Platelets


Give the function of the following parts of the blood:

1. Plasma

2. Platelets

3. Red blood cells

4. White blood cells

1. Plasma – liquid that carries everything in the blood (e.g. urea, hormones, carbon dioxide e.t.c)

2. Red blood cells – transport oxygen

3. White blood cells – defend against disease

4. Platelets – help blood clot


How are the following parts of the blood adapted to carry out a specific function?

1. Platelets

2. Red blood cells

3. White blood cells

1. Platelets – small cell fragments, no nucleus

2. Red blood cells – Biconcave shape, Large surface area, no nucleus

3. White blood cells – can change shape to engulf pathogens (phagocytosis). Some also produce antibodies and antitoxins.


How do red blood cells transport oxygen around the body?

• They contain a red pigment called haemoglobin

• Oxygen binds to haemoglobin to make oxyhaemoglobin

• Red blood cells travel in the blood, transporting oxygen to cells all around the body


1. Name the mechanical device that can be used to treat coronary heart disease.

2. Name the drugs that can be used to treat coronary heart disease.

1. Mechanical: Stent

2. Drugs: Statins


How do statins work?

• They reduce blood cholesterol levels

• Which slows down the rate of fatty material deposit.


What are the consequences of having a faulty heart valve?

• The heart doesn’t circulate blood as efficiently.

• Therefore heart has to work harder to deliver sufficient levels of oxygen and glucose around the body.