Organic Compounds


When you have completed this section, you should be able to

• explain why carbon is especially well suited to serve as the structural foundation of many biological molecules;

• identify some common functional groups of organic molecules from their formulae;

• discuss the relevance of polymers to biology and explain how they are formed and broken by dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis;

• discuss the types and functions of carbohydrates;

• discuss the types and functions of lipids;

• discuss protein structure and function;

• explain how enzymes function;

• describe the structure, production, and function of ATP;

• identify other nucleotide types and their functions;

• identify the principal types of nucleic acids.

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