Biochemistry Basics 1
Biochemistry Basics What concepts from chemistry are helpful in studying biology?
Why? Typically chemistry is a prerequisite course for advanced biology courses. This is because everything in your body, everything in a plant, everything in a virus, etc. is made of atoms. The structures and properties of the molecules in an organism determine the features and properties of the organism. Which molecules are polar, which are nonpolar? Which molecules have acidic properties, which have basic prop- erties? A quick review of these concepts at the beginning of your advanced biology course will help you to understand the molecular basis for life.
Model 1 – Molecular Drawings
Ball-and-stick model of 1-pentanol
Lewis structure of 1-pentanol