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The Chemistry of Life is an essential topic for understanding how and why tissues and organ-systems function the way they do. Starting with the water molecule, this unit goes on to consider acids and bases before it delves into the biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Throughout this topic, chemical structures are presented through the combining of monomers into the various polymers. The unit is supported by original artwork and labeled diagrams and contains many questions such as short answer and multiple choice that are linked to their answers for self-testing. It also includes sets of written answer questions to help build one’s understanding of the concepts presented. The unit features an interactive Glossary with hundreds of contextually explained terms.
Chemistry of Life is extracted from Biology 12 Study Guide, which is the sixth edition of a student study guide written to match the curriculum of British Columbia. The concepts presented are applicable to the biology curricula of other educational jurisdictions as well.