Enzyme-Catalysed Synthesis

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Enzymes: not just for breaking chemicals apart. Young biologists perform an experiment on potatoes. They first remove starch from potato extract. They then add the resulting liquid to samples of glucose-1-phosphate, glucose, maltose, and sucrose to observe enzyme-catalyzed synthesis of starch.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Resource suggests having different groups perform different parts of the experiment if time is a limiting factor
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have knowledge of enzymes
  • Note that among of the materials needed for the activity is a centrifuge
Pros

  • Includes a student worksheet
  • Lists some related experiments on enzymes
Cons

  • None