The Effect Of Enzyme Concentration On Reaction Rates And Pressure

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The Effects of Enzyme Concentration on Reaction Rates and Pressure

Background - While conducting the Enzyme Lab, students used enzymes as catalysts in order to speed up the reaction processes involved in several tests. Enzymes are substances produced by living organisms that act as a catalyst, while a catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of the chemical reaction. Furthermore, varying amounts of pH and enzymes were added to the mixture in order to determine the substance’s rate of reaction. When the reaction occurs, students are supposed to study and observe it until the substance becomes denatured. In this instance, the proteins are becoming denatured, which is the process of modifying the molecular structure of a protein. Proteins are also important due to the fact that they make up the enzymes which are responsible for the chemical reactions taking place in this lab.

Purpose - The purpose of this lab is to analyze the effects of pH and enzyme concentration on the reaction rate of chemical substances.

Description - During the Enzyme Lab, students conducted various tests using multiple chemicals in order to calculate the effects of enzymes on the chemical’s reaction rate. To begin the test, students added one drop of water into a test tube with no enzymes in order to show how water controls the solubility of the reactants and products within the substance. Students also had to insert chemicals into the test tubes in the correct order, or else students would…

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