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The Chemistry of Life
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Lesson 2.1: Matter and Organic Compounds
2.1.1 Chemical Substances
2.1.2 The Significance of Carbon
- KQED: Energy From Carbon?
- KQED: Biofuels: From Sugar to Energy
- Saturated Fatty Acids
- Unsaturated Fatty Acids
- Types of Lipids
- Protein Structure
- Functions of Proteins
2.1.6 Nucleic Acids
- Structure of Nucleic Acids
- Roles of Nucleic Acids
Lesson 2.2: Biochemical Reactions
2.2.1 What Are Chemical Reactions?
- Chemical Equations
- Conservation of Matter
2.2.2 Chemical Reactions and Energy
- Exothermic Reactions
- Endothermic Reactions
- Activation Energy
2.2.3 Biochemical Reactions and Enzymes
- Types of Biochemical Reactions
Lesson 2.3: Water, Acids, and Bases
2.3.1 Water, Water Everywhere
2.3.2 Structure and Properties of Water
- Chemical Structure of Water
- Properties of Water
2.3.3 Acids and Bases
- Acidity and pH
2.3.4 Acids and Bases in Organisms
2.3.5 Water and Life
Pacing the Lessons
Use the Class Periods per Lesson table below as a guide for the time required to teach the lessons of this chapter.
Number of Class Periods
2.1 Matter and Organic Compounds
2.2 Biochemical Reactions
2.3 Water, Acids, and Bases
- Class periods are assumed to be 60 minutes long.
See the following Web sites for appropriate laboratory activities:
For a well-illustrated summary of chapter contents, see:
Use this PowerPoint presentation to give the class an overview of biochemistry, including organic compounds and enzymes:
fold it is an interactive site with puzzle related to protein folding.