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Degree: Biological Sciences (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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My name is Zoe and I am currently studying biological sciences at the University of Exeter. I absolutley love science and I would love to tutor you so you can discover the wonders of science too.

At A level I studied biology, chemistry and geography (and physics to AS level). This has given me a broad understanding of the sciences which I hope I can share with you.

Maths was something I found challenging but I have put a lot of work in over the past years and found some good techniques for working out harder maths in the sciences. I found that the type of revision you do has the largest impact on your grades and understanding. With this in mind, I am happy to explore different revision techniques to find out what works best for you. These skills wil help you to work effectively between tutorials.

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Biology A Level £20 /hr
Biology GCSE £18 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £18 /hr
Geography GCSE £18 /hr

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GeographyA-LevelA*
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How are amino acids involved in condensation and hydrolysis reactions?

A condensation reaction is where two small molecules react together to form a larger molecule with the elimination of a small molecule like water. Two amino acids can react in a condensation reaction to form a peptide bond and release water. This forms a dipeptide. Many condensation reactions ...

A condensation reaction is where two small molecules react together to form a larger molecule with the elimination of a small molecule like water. Two amino acids can react in a condensation reaction to form a peptide bond and release water. This forms a dipeptide. Many condensation reactions can occur between amino acids to build up a peptide or protein chain.

Hydrolysis is the breaking of a bond by reacting with water. It can be catalysed with acid or alkali. Proteins and peptide chains can undergo hydrolysis to break the peptide bond and form its constituent amino acids.

Acid hydrolysis usually involves heating the protein under reflux with acid e.g. 6 moldm-3 HCl(aq). This will use water to break the bond and form amino acids often with a positve charge due to the low pH depending on their isoelectric point.

Alkaline hydrolysis often involves heating just above 100°C with NaOH. This will form amino acid salts so on the carboxyl group will be COO-Na+.

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How do amino acids change at different pH?

Amino acids are amphoteric which means they can act as an acid or a base. An isoelectric point is the pH at which an amino acid exists as its zwitterion. A zwitterion is the dipolar ionic form of an amino acid. This is formed by a hydrogen ion (H+) from the carboxyl group being donated to the ...

Amino acids are amphoteric which means they can act as an acid or a base.

An isoelectric point is the pH at which an amino acid exists as its zwitterion. A zwitterion is the dipolar ionic form of an amino acid. This is formed by a hydrogen ion (H+) from the carboxyl group being donated to the amino group. There is no overall charge. The carboxyl group becomes COO- and the amino group becomes NH3+ showing an imbalance of charge that makes it a polar molecule.

If the pH is lower (in acidic conditions) than the isoelectric point then the amino acid acts as a base and accepts a proton at the amino group. This gives it a positive change.

If the pH is higher (in alkaline conditions) than the isoelectric point then the amino acid acts as an acid and donates a proton from its carboxyl group. This gives it a negative charge.

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What are amino acids?

Amino acids are the monomers that form peptides and proteins. There are 20 different amino acids that contain an amino group (NH2), carboxyl group (COOH) and R-group. The general formula is: RCH(NH2)COOH. These 3 groups are all bonded to the same carbon called the alpha-carbon. This carbon is...

Amino acids are the monomers that form peptides and proteins. There are 20 different amino acids that contain an amino group (NH2), carboxyl group (COOH) and R-group. The general formula is: RCH(NH2)COOH.

These 3 groups are all bonded to the same carbon called the alpha-carbon. This carbon is also bonded to a hydrogen. The properties of an amino acid depend on its R-group.

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