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Macromolecules Introduction

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Elizabeth Zimmerman

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Macromolecules Introduction

what are Macromolecules?!?? Macromolecules are organic molecules that organisms need to live. (molecules made with Carbon and Hydrogen) Macro BIG!!! Macromolecules = BIG Molecules! Macromolecules are made up of many molecules smaller Called monomers Monomer: small molecules that build macromolecules Polymer: more than one monomer bonded together Think: one lego piece Think: many lego pieces put together to make something 4 Types of macromolecules 1. Protein 2. Lipids 3. Carbohydrates 4. Nucleic Acids Proteins are used to build things in our bodies Monomer: Amino acid Polymer: protein 1 piece of a protein Amino acids bonded together form proteins lipids store energy in our bodies Monomer: Fatty Acids and glycerol Polymer: lipids Carbohydrates provide energy Monomer: monosaccharides Polymer: polysaccharides Nucleic acids store genetic information Monomer: nucleic acids Polymer: DNA and RNA sucrose monomers Polymer Many small molecules One large molecule
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