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Chapter 2:10-16 The Chemical Basis of Life - Properties of Water

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Biology Homework Chapter 2: Water Properties


Reading Assignment in Textbook

Textbook assignment: Chapter 2: The Chemical Basis of Life, sections 10-16. Review your understanding of the whole chapter by reading through the chapter view on p. 30 and do a mental self-test with the multiple choice questions on p. 31. Identify those which you cannot confidently answer and check the chapter sections for the information you need. If it still doesn't make sense, be sure to raise your questions in class.

Study Notes

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: The Chemical Basis of Life: The Special Properties of Water

Take notes on any questions you have, and be prepared to discuss the lecture in chat.

Study Activity

Use the pH scale interactive below to gain a better understanding for how pH is used to measure acidity.

  • Use the Macro exercise to make the following observations.
    • Use the dropdown menu to select orange juice as the additional component. The tank will fill with 0.5L of orange juice. What is the pH of this solution? Is it an acid or a base?
    • Add water until you have a 1.0L volume. What happened to the pH of the solution?
    • Experiment with other solutions. What happens if you start with a smaller amount of acid or base and add a large amount of water?

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

Read through the lab for this week; bring questions to chat on any aspect of the lab, whether you intend not perform it or not. If you decide to perform the lab, be sure to submit your report by the posted due date.