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Energy & Chemical Reactions In Cells

Read Pages 77 - 81

Reactants (Ingredients) ----------------> Products (ending materials)

2H2O2 ---------------------> 2 H2O + O2

C6H12O6 + O2 --------------------> CO2 + H2O + energy to make ATP

All reactions need energy to start them.

Activation Energy: Energy needed to start a chemical reaction.

Wood, gas, etc. need lots of energy to start the "burning" reaction with O2 . (much heat, light, electricity, etc..) Cells use enzymes to begin most reactions (such as "burning" of glucose & O2).

Enzymes: Proteins that lower the amount of energy needed for reactions to occur. They put the reactants together so they occur easily! They are a type of catalyst (any substance that makes reactions occur easily (like lead in gas)).

Substrate: The reactant(s) that the enzyme binds to. Lock & key fit.

Each enzyme helps only 1 chemical reaction due to lock & key fit on substrate/s.

Notice the active site on the enzyme above, where the substrate (reactants) fit to the enzyme in a "lock and key" effect.

The enzyme is not changed by the reaction. It finds another substrate to continue the reaction. Review Figures 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, & 5-5 in your book. Review Questions 1-4, page 81 in your book!

The graph above shows energy during a chemical reaction. Traveling up the Y- axis means there is more energy. The graph shows that the reactants (wood and oxygen) have more energy than the products (CO2 and H2O). Wood and oxygen both must gain energy (this is called activation energy) before the reaction can begin to make the products.

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Paul Slichter