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    List of Experiments

    Core Topics
    - Investigating Blood Cells
    - Changing pH
    - Conducting Tissues: Xylem and Phloem
    - Disection of a Kidney
    - Structures in Plants that Assist in Water Conservation
    - A Model of Natural Selection
    - Modelling Meiosis
    - Effects of the Environment on Phenotype
    - Indentifying Microorganisms
    - Pasteur's Experiments
    - Plant Disease

    Genetics: Code Broken?
    - Building a Model of DNA
    - Modelling Linkage
    [thanx 2 nekkidserpent]

    Maintaining A Balance
    1st d/p
    * identify data sources, plan, choose equipment or resources and perform a first-hand investigation to test the effect of:
    - increased temperature
    - change in pH
    - change in substrate concentrations on the activity of named enzyme(s)

    I don't think my class one worked; but we did it for our Prac exam, using hydrogen peroxide as the catalyst and potato (starch) as the substrate. Something like that. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    2nd d/p
    * perform a first-hand investigation to demonstrate the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide on the pH of water
    Blew water into a beaker of water; change in pH was detected with a data logger (cos CO2 makes water acidic)
    * perform a first-hand investigation using the light microscope and prepared slides to gather information to estimate the size of red and white blood cells and draw scaled diagrams of each
    Microscope prac
    * choose equipment or resources to perform a first-hand investigation to gather first-hand data to draw transverse and longitudinal sections of phloem and xylem tissue
    Microscope prac

    3rd d/p
    * perform a first-hand investigation of the structure of a mammalian kidney by dissection, use of a model or visual resource and identify the regions involved in the excretion of waste products
    Dissection of a kidney. Pretty straightforward

    Blueprint of Life
    3rd d/p
    * identify data sources and perform a first-hand investigation to demonstrate the effect of environment on phenotype
    Barley seeds with specific genotypes for colour (white or green) were grown under certain conditions; it was proved that environment can affect phenotype

    The Search for Better Health
    2nd d/p
    * identify data sources, plan and choose equipment or resources to perform a first-hand investigation to identify microbes in food or in water
    Smeared various samples of water onto petri dishes... after a few days, fungal growth was observed

    3rd d/p
    * perform an investigation to model Pasteur’s experiment to identify the role of microbes in decay
    Straightforward prac; textbooks and/or your notes should have details on this

    7th d/p
    * perform an investigation to examine plant shoots and leaves and gather first-hand information of evidence of pathogens and insect pests
    Collected plants with evidence of disease, which was identified using a textbook

    Option: Communication
    2nd d/p
    * plan, choose equipment or resources and perform a first-hand investigation of a mammalian eye to gather first-hand data to relate structures to functions
    Straightforward - cut up an eye and observed the structures used for sight

    3rd d/p
    * plan, choose equipment or resources and perform a first-hand investigation to model the process of accommodation by passing rays of light through convex lenses of different focal lengths
    Passed light through various lenses using a light box

    7th d/p
    [u]* perform a first-hand investigation using stained prepared slides and/ or electron micrographs to gather information about the structure of neurones and nerves[u]
    Microscope prac
    * perform a first-hand investigation to examine an appropriate mammalian brain or model of a human brain to gather information to distinguish the cerebrum, cerebellum and medulla oblongata and locate the regions involved in speech, sight and sound perception
    Basically dissection of a brain
    [thanx 2 babydoll]

    Option: Genetics - The Code Broken?
    1st d/p
    * choose equipment or resources to perform a first-hand investigation to construct a model of DNA

    6th d/p
    * perform a first-hand investigation to model linkage
    [thanx 2 nekkidserpent]

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    Re: List of Experiments

    Originally posted by ~TeLEpAtHeTiC~
    - change in substrate concentrations on the activity of named enzyme(s)

    I don't think my class one worked; but we did it for our Prac exam, using hydrogen peroxide as the catalyst and potato (starch) as the substrate. Something like that. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    i think it was the other way around. the hydrogen peroxide was the substrate and the potato was the catalyst, it contained catalyse, catalase? something along those lines

    yeah, crazy shit when a potato becomes a catalyst
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    hmm how come i didnt notice this thread before?
    ahah thanks tele.. keeps me on track and up to date with my pracs

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    these are the mandatory pracs

    we did lotsa little "pracs" that weren't first hand, but merely data investigations kinda things

    check your syllabus; make sure you haven't missed anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuckfoot
    i think it was the other way around. the hydrogen peroxide was the substrate and the potato was the catalyst, it contained catalyse, catalase? something along those lines

    yeah, crazy shit when a potato becomes a catalyst
    in this experiment, the hydrogen peroxide is the substrate and the potato is the enzyme.
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    you cant get asked to do a specific test regarding enzymes. they will just say "testing the effect of pH, temperature or substrate concentration".
    temperature is the easiest one to do me thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvermoon
    in this experiment, the hydrogen peroxide is the substrate and the potato is the enzyme.
    Actually, we did this prac a couple of days ago and we used liver (for temp and concentration of the substrate), the enzyme was catalase :S

    So I guess it's the same result with liver as potato??
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    yeha does anyone have any notes on that experiment cause i was away and missed it...and half the idiots in my class boiled the lil bits of potato and ate it!...my teacher was away.
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    There were notes posted about most experiment in here a while back as a word doc. Youd have to search through the forum for it...

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    Re: List of Experiments

    We used potato (catalase) but I decided I'm just gonna use the one outta the text book (amylase)

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    Re: List of Experiments

    Maintaining A Balance

    What do u actually do in this experiment can someone give me an outline?


    2nd d/p
    * perform a first-hand investigation to demonstrate the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide on the pH of water
    Blew water into a beaker of water; change in pH was detected with a data logger (cos CO2 makes water acidic)


    I seriously hav no idea and need HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~TeLEpAtHeTiC~
    Maintaining A Balance
    2nd d/p
    * perform a first-hand investigation to demonstrate the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide on the pH of water
    Blew water into a beaker of water; change in pH was detected with a data logger (cos CO2 makes water acidic)
    EDIT: formatting
    Background Information
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced in living organisms as a result of cellular respiration. When carbon dioxide (CO2) dissolves in water (H2O) it forms carbonic acid (H2CO3), which is toxic to cells. All organisms get rid of carbon dioxide (CO2) as quickly as possible before it can interfere with the chemical activities of cells.

    Mammals breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2) from their lungs. This can be demonstrated using lime water (Ca(OH)2). Carbon dioxide (CO2) turns lime water (Ca(OH)2) milky.

    Equation:
    CO2 + H2O <=> H2CO3


    H2CO3 <=> H+ + HCO3-


    Word Equation:
    Carbon dioxide + Water = Carbonic acid


    Carbonic acid = Hydrogen + Bicarbonate



    Hypothesis
    Dissolved Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in water (H2O) affects the pH level. Therefore dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) decreases the pH of water (H2O).


    Aim/Purpose
    To design or plan, choose equipment and materials, conduct and report on an investigation experiment that investigates and demonstrates the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) on the pH of water (H2O).


    Objective
    To test the hypothesis stated above that dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) decreases the pH level of water (H2O).


    Equipment
    -safety goggles (compulsory, for safety purposes)
    -1 small beaker/test tube
    -4 beakers/test tubes of same size
    -test tube rack (optional, only if using test tubes)
    -measuring cylinder (ml)
    -2 - 4 drinking straws (one for the lime water, second straw can be used for each of the distilled/tap water (H2O))
    -20 pieces pH paper (universal indicator paper)/universal indicator liquid drops
    -pH chart (universal indicator colour chart)
    -data logger (optional, can be used in place of pH paper/universal indicator liquid drops)
    -timer/stopwatch/watch


    Materials
    -100ml lime water (Ca(OH)2)
    -100mL distilled/tap water (H2O)
    -carbon dioxide (CO2)


    Method 1
    1.A preliminary trial was carried out to determine if the method could be modified or improved upon.
    2.Safety goggles were put on to prevent splashing of the lime water (Ca(OH)2) ordistilled/tap water (H2O) into the eyes.
    3.Place test tubes on test tube rack (optional, only if using test tubes).
    4.100mL of lime water (Ca(OH)2) was measured using a measuring cylinder and poured into the small beaker/test tube (10ml for test tube).
    5.The lime water (Ca(OH)2) was blown into through a drinking straw. This will demonstrate that an exhaled breath contains carbon dioxide (CO2) when it turns a milky texture.
    6.100mL of distilled/tap water (H2O) was measured using a measuring cylinder and poured into a beaker (10ml for test tubes). This was repeatedor replicated for beakers/test tubes 3 and 4.
    7.The beakers/test tubes were labelled. 1-Control, 2-Test 1, 3-Test 2, 4-Test 3 respectively.
    8.The pH level of all 4 beakers was tested using pH paper and compared to a pH chart and the results were recorded.
    9.Beaker/test tube 1 (Control) was left to sit and the pH level tested and recorded after 30 secs, 1 min, 1 min 30 secs, and 2 mins.
    10.Beaker/test tube 2 (Test 1) was blown into through a drinking straw over a period of 2 minutes.
    11.The pH level of the distilled/tap water (H2O) was tested after 30 secs, 1 min, 1 min 30 secs, and 2 mins and recorded.
    12.Steps 10 – 11 were repeated or replicated for beakers/test tubes 3 and 4.
    13.After experimenting, the lime water (Ca(OH)2) and water (H2O) was disposed of down the sink and all equipment was either washed or thrown out.













    Method 2
    1.A preliminary trial was carried out to determine if the method could be modified or improved upon.
    2.Safety goggles were put on to prevent splashing of the lime water (Ca(OH)2) ordistilled/tap water (H2O) into the eyes.
    3.Place test tubes on test tube rack (optional, only if using test tubes).
    4.100mL of lime water (Ca(OH)2) was measured using a measuring cylinder and poured into the small beaker (10ml for test tube).
    5.The lime water (Ca(OH)2) was blown into through a drinking straw. This will demonstrate that an exhaled breath contains carbon dioxide (CO2) when it turns a milky texture.
    6.100mL of distilled/tap water (H2O) was measured using a measuring cylinder and poured into a beaker (10ml for test tubes). This was repeated or replicated for beakers/test tubes 3 and 4.
    7.The beakers/test tubes were labelled. 1-Control, 2-Test 1, 3-Test 2, 4-Test 3 respectively.
    8.Beaker/test tube 1 (Control) was added with one full drop of universal indicator liquid drops and the pH level was recorded using the pH chart.
    9.Beaker/test tube 2 (Test 1) was blown into for 30 seconds through a drinking straw.
    10.Beaker/test tube 2 (Test 1) was added with one full drop of universal indicator liquid drops and the pH level was recorded using the pH chart.
    11.Steps 10 – 11 were repeated or replicated for beakers/test tubes 3 and 4, adding 30 seconds of blowing to each beaker/test tube than the previous beaker/test tube each time.
    12.After experimenting, the lime water (Ca(OH)2) and water (H2O) was disposed of down the sink and all equipment was washed or thrown out.

    Variables:
    -The control was the first beaker/test tube labelled ‘1-Control’ with the distilled/tap water (H2O) that was left alone.
    -The independent variable was the dissolved carbon dioxide concentrations (CO2) i.e. time spent blowing into the water.
    -The dependent variable was the pH levels of the water.
    -The controlled variables were the type of water, size of cup, amount of water, type of pH paper and chart and size of drinking straw used. These were controlled by keeping them constant for each test.











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    Results



















    Discussion

    The results of this experiment supported the hypothesis that dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) decreases the pH of water (H2O). The trend shown by the results is that the pH of the water (H2O) decreased with the more time spent breathing into it. The more dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in the water (H2O), the lower the pH. This was demonstrated in all three tests.

    A preliminary trial was carried out before the experiment was done to identify any possible problems in the method. The trial showed that the method was appropriate and had no major flaws however it showed that the blowing must be done carefully to avoid the water (H2O) splashing out of the cup.

    This investigation can be considered reliable as the method was repeated three times. The results from the three tests were all very similar and were consistent with the information gathered from reputable sources. It can also be concluded that the investigation is valid because the findings relate directly to the hypothesis and the question posed by the assignment. The procedure tested the hypothesis that it was designed to and the controlled variables were strictly controlled. Thus, the information was gathered in a valid way.

    The experiment was accurate and no major errors were encountered. However, it was not carried out in a scientific environment with specifically scientific equipment. As household items were used and not scientific equipment, this could have been a source of error, especially in measurement. Also, distilled/tap water (H2O) was used, and although the pH of the water (H2O) of all three trials was the same, the minerals in the water (H2O) may have varied and this could have affected the experiment. If the experiment was repeated again, it could be done in a scientific environment with scientific equipment, including using a data logger with a pH probe instead of pH paper and chart. Use of distilled water (H2O) also improves the accuracy of the results observed and recorded.

    These results were supported by the information already gathered. Reliable data states that excess carbon dioxide (CO2) dissolved in the blood plasma reacts with the water (H2O) in the plasma and forms carbonic acid (H2CO3) and lowers the pH of the blood. The fact that dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in the body lowers the pH of the blood is important for many reasons. Metabolic functions can only take place during a very specific pH level. Normal blood pH is 7.4. When this level is too high or low, enzyme activity is affected and may ultimately stop, causing the cell to die. Too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood increases the level of carbonic acid (H2CO3), which in turn increases the number of bicarbonate (HCO3) and hydrogen (H) ions. This decreases the pH, which decreases the oxygen (O) saturation of haemoglobin, meaning the blood cannot carry as much oxygen (O) around the body. Dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) and bicarbonate (HCO3) ions are also important to the body as they help to maintain the normal pH level of the blood.

    This information is also important for aquatic organisms. Different organisms can only survive within a certain range of pH levels. If the level of carbon dioxide


    (CO2) in the water (H2O) of their environment is higher or lower than normal it will change the pH level. If this pH level is too high or too low it could deform the enzymes of the organism and affect the enzyme activity. This would put the organism under stress and could cause death. This is also important to people who keep fish or other aquatic organisms as pets as they would need to control the dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) level.

    The effect of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) on the pH of water (H2O) is also important in the use of tests such as the arterial blood gas test. This is a test where levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O) in the body are tested among other things. The arterial blood gas test measures the pH level of the blood and also the concentration of Bicarbonate (HCO3) ions. The level of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in the body directly affects these two factors. This test is important in medicine as it can indicate problems with the lungs, heart, kidneys and metabolism.

    Research in this area could be directed in the future into using the fact that dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in water (H2O) lowers the pH level for other purposes. For example: in the growing of grasses for golf courses, etc. or the breeding of aquatic species. Also, the effect of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere could be researched more in relation to acid rain in the climate of both past eras and the present.

    Areas of accuracy:
    -accurate measurement of variables
    -appropriate use of equipment e.g. Measuring equipment i.e. measuring cylinder
    -averaging of results
    -controlled variables

    Areas of reliability:
    -control
    -range of values for independent variable i.e. dissolved carbon dioxide concentration i.e. time spent on blowing into water
    -repetition or replication


    Conclusion
    An investigation experiment that investigated and demonstrated the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) on the pH of water (H2O) was planned, designed, choose equipment and materials, conducted reported on. The hypothesis that dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) decreases the pH of water (H2O) was proven to be correct.

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    Re: List of Experiments

    explain why the removal of carbon dioxide from living cells is important

    whats the answer?

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    Re: List of Experiments

    ok i was just doing a practice test and i found this hard question. What is the answer please! (b) In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded theNobel Prize in Medicine for identifying the structure of DNA. Using examples, evaluate the impact of this discovery on current genetic technology.

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    7th d/p
    * perform an investigation to examine plant shoots and leaves and gather first-hand information of evidence of pathogens and insect pests
    Collected plants with evidence of disease, which was identified using a textbook

    hix, can anyone help me with this experiment, it is hard to anwser some question below:

    how plants combat disease?

    why many Australian natives have oils in their leaves? eg. Eucalypts, Wattyl's, Tea tree's

    why Australian gum tree leaves on the USA there would little evidence of pathigens or insect attack?

    Help me pls, I will die for them. Thanks alot!

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    Cool Re: List of Experiments

    Quote Originally Posted by Char.. View Post
    explain why the removal of carbon dioxide from living cells is important

    whats the answer?

    Removal of carbon dioxide from living cells is important because a build of of CO2 in the blood is toxic and alters the pH of the blood, causing it to become acidic which can inhibit essential metabolic processes.

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    Post explain why the removal of carbon dioxide from living cells is important

    as the level of carbon dioxide increase it become more acidic which means the ph level change certain reaction will not take place because the their enzyme would not work at level of ph

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    List of Experiments

    these are the list of experiment

    • increased temperature
    • change in pH
    • change in substrate concentration

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