BIO 201 CHAPTER 2

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What is Matter?

Anything that takes up space and has mass
Rocks
Metals
Oils
Gases

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What is mass?

The amount of matter in an object

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What is an element?

A substance that cannot be broken down to other substances by chemical reactions

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What is a compound?

A substance consisting of two or more elements in a fixed ratio but has characteristics different from those of its elements

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What elements make up 96% of living matter?

Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. Most of the remaining 4% consists of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur

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Trace elements

Those required by an organism in minute quantities

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An atom is?

The smallest unit of matter that still retains the properties of an element

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Atoms are composed of subatomic particles such as?

Neutrons (no electrical charge)
Protons (positive charge)
Electrons (negative charge)

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What two forms the atomic nucleus?

Neutrons and protons

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What does the electron form?

A cloud around the nucleus

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What is an element’s atomic number?

The number of protons in its nucleus

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What is an element’s atomic mass ?

The sum of protons plus neutrons in the nucleus, the atom’s total mass, can be approximated by the mass number

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Isotopes are?

Two atoms of an element that differ in number of neutrons. All atoms of an element have the same number of protons but may differ in number of neutrons.
Example:
Carbon 12: 6 protons: 6 neutrons
Carbon 13: 6 protons: 7 neutrons
Carbon 14: 6 protons: 8 neutrons

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Radioactive isotopes

Nucleus that decays spontaneously
Releases particles and energy

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Energy

Is the capacity to cause change

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Potential energy

The energy that matter has because of its location or structure (stored energy)

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Negatively charged electrons are attracted to?

Positively charged nucleus (The more distant from the nucleus, the more potential energy)

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Electron shell

An electron’s state of potential energy is called its energy level, or electron shell.

Chemical behavior of an atom is determined by the distribution of electrons in electron shells

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Valence electrons

Are those in the outermost shell, or valence shell
The chemical behavior of an atom is mostly determined by the valence electrons
Elements with a full valence shell are chemically inert

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An orbital is?

The three-dimensional space where an electron is found 90% of the time
Similar to planets orbiting the sun

Each electron shell consists of a specific number of orbitals

No more than 2 electrons can occupy a single orbital

First shell can accommodate 2

Second can accommodate 8

Electrons in each of these orbitals have the same energy but move in different volumes of space

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What happens when orbitals have unpaired electrons in their valence shells?

Atoms become reactive and will form compounds or molecules
Atoms want all of their electrons to be paired

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Chemical bonds

Atoms with incomplete valence shells can share or transfer valence electrons with certain other atoms
These interactions usually result in atoms staying close together, held by attractions

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Covalent bond

The sharing of a pair of valence electrons by two atoms
In a covalent bond, the shared electrons count as part of each atom’s valence shell
Hydrogen
1 valence electron
2 hydrogen atoms become close, 1s orbitals overlap
Share electrons
Each now has 2 electrons

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Molecule

Consists of two or more atoms held together by covalent bonds

A single covalent bond, or single bond, is the sharing of one pair of valence electrons
A double covalent bond, or double bond, is the sharing of two pairs of valence electrons

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Electronegativity

An atom’s attraction for the electrons in a covalent bond
The more electronegative an atom, the more strongly it pulls shared electrons toward itself

Covalent bonds are a tug of war for electrons…
If equally electronegative - nonpolar
Examples: H2 and O2
If the atoms are NOT equally electronegative - polar

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polar molecule

(Water) Oxygen atoms contain more protons than hydrogen atoms
These protons attract electrons
Electrons spend more time near the oxygen nucleus than the hydrogen nucleus
The oxygen atom has a slightly negative charge
The hydrogen atoms have a slightly positive charge

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Ionic Bonds-

Is an attraction between an anion and a cation:

Atoms sometimes strip electrons from their bonding partners. They don’t want to share!

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ion

A charged atom (or molecule)

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Polarity varies depending upon ?

The electronegativity of the atoms

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A cation is ?

a positively charged ion (t=+)

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An anion is ?

a negatively charged ion

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ionic compounds

Compounds formed by ionic bonds ( salts)

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strongest bonds in organisms

are covalent bonds that form a cell’s molecules

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Weak chemical bonds

Ionic bonds and hydrogen bonds, are also important
Weak chemical bonds reinforce shapes of large molecules and help molecules adhere to each other

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A hydrogen bond

Forms when a hydrogen atom covalently bonded to one electronegative atom is also attracted to another electronegative atom

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Molecules with similar shapes can have ?

Similar biological effects;

Biological molecules recognize and interact with each other with a specificity based on molecular shape

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Chemical reactions

The making and breaking of chemical bonds

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Reactants

The starting molecules of a chemical reaction;

The final molecules of a chemical reaction are called products