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SC.912.L.18.1 Macromolecules

Nature of Science

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Organisms, Populations and Ecosystems

Classification, Heredity and Evolution

What You Need To Know

  • You need to know the basic molecular structure and primary functions of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.
  • You need to know the role of enzymes as catalysts that lower the activation energy of biochemical reactions.
  • You need to know how factors such as pH and temperature affect enzyme activity.

Example One

As food travels through the digestive system, it is exposed to a variety of pH levels. The stomach has a pH of 2 due to the presence of hydrochloride acid (HCl), and the small intestine has a pH ranging from 7 to 9. HCl converts pepsinogen into pepsin, an enzyme that digests proteins in the stomach. Which of the following most likely happens to pepsin as it enters the small intestine?

A. It becomes inactive.

B. It begins to replicate.

C. It's shape changes to engulf large proteins.

D. It's activity increases to digest more proteins.

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Example Two

In living cells, enzymes act as catalysts, which may reduce the amount of activation energy required for a chemical reaction to occur.  In the graphs below, pathway x is a solid line representing the uncatalyzed reaction. The dotted line shows the catalyzed reaction. Which graph best illustrates the changes in a reaction when the catalyst reduces the amount of energy required?

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Example Three

The diagram below shows the general structure of an amino acid. Which type of molecule is formed from amino acids?

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A. lipids

B. proteins

C. carbohydrates

D. nucleic acids

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Example Four

You are analyzing a compound in the laboratory. You find that it is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in a ratio of two hydrogen atoms for each carbon atom. How will you classify the compound?

A. lipid

B. protein

C. carbohydrate

D. nucleic acid

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Example Five

Fats, oils and cholesterol are all types of what?

A. cell membranes

B. hormones

C. lipids

D. fatty acids

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Example Six

RNA and DNA are which type of macromolecules? 

A. carbohydrate

B. lipid

C. nucleic acid

D. protein

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Example Seven

What will most likely happen if an appropriate enzyme is added to a chemical reaction? 

A. The reaction rate will increase.

B. The equilibrium of the reaction will be maintained. 

C. The reaction rate will decrease.

D. The reaction will stop. 

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Example Eight

A sugar, a phosphate group, and a nitrogen base form the building blocks of which organic compound?

A. carbohydrates

B. lipids

C. nucleic acids

D. proteins

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Example Nine

The human body maintains a temperature of around 98.6 degrees at all times. Enzymes are involved in almost every chemical reaction in the body. Which of the following describes the connection between these two statements? 

A. Enzymes function best at a specific temperature.

B. The body needs to be warm to prevent hypothermia.

C. The body is kept relatively warm to prevent too much enzyme action. 

D. There is no connection between the two statements. 

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Example Ten

The enzyme lactase will break down the sugar lactose into which of the following components? 

A. monosaccharides

B. nucleic acids

C. amino acids

D. phospholipids

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Macromolecules - In Depth

In Your Book

General Biology - Section 2.3, pgs. 44-49, Section 2.5, pg. 54

Honors Biology - Sections 2.3 and 2.4, pgs. 37-45

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