Study Guide: Energy

Study Questions

Objective: Define energy and describe applications to living systems.

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  1. Energy
  2. Work
  3. Calorie
  4. calorie
  5. Activation energy
  6. Kinetic energy
  7. Potential energy
  8. Chemical energy
  9. Heat

Study Guide Questions

  1. Compare and contrast several different forms of energy.
  2. Understand the energetic dynamics of chemical bonds.  In other words, know whether energy is USED UP or RELEASED when chemical bonds break and form.
  3. Define “activation energy” and explain how enzymes affect activation energy.
  4. What is an enzyme?  How are enzymes related to energy in the body?
  5. What is the first law of thermodynamics?  Be able to describe an example illustrating the law.
  6. What is the second law of thermodynamics?  Be able to describe an example illustrating the law.
  7. Be able to trace the source of all energy in living systems.  Your answer should include the source of energy in the sun.
  8. Know the structure of ATP.  Be able to explain HOW ATP can function as a source of energy in the body.