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ENZYME INQUIRY LAB. Watch the PowerPoint presentation and copy the notes. When finished, assemble in a lab group of 2 students and begin planning your experiment. A rough overview of your experiment is due at the end of class that includes: HYPOTHESIS LIST OF MATERIALS PROCEDURE.

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enzyme inquiry lab

ENZYME INQUIRY LAB

  • Watch the PowerPoint presentation and copy the notes.
  • When finished, assemble in a lab group of 2 students and begin planning your experiment.
  • A rough overview of your experiment is due at the end of class that includes:
  • HYPOTHESIS
  • LIST OF MATERIALS
  • PROCEDURE
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Inside the cells of a potato is an enzyme called “catalase”.

This enzyme breaks down hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and produces oxygen gas and water.

catalase

2 H2O2 (l)  O2 (g) + 2 H2O (l)

Potato

Cells

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The more active the enzyme, the more oxygen (and water) it produces.

We can use the rate of production of oxygen as a measure of enzyme activity. And we can determine the relative influence of varying different factors on enzyme activity.

As enzyme activity increases, so does oxygen production

Enzyme Activity

Oxygen Production

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Since enzymes are proteins, enzyme activity is affected by changes in pH (measure of acidity).

If the pH changes are too drastic, enzymes can become denatured and their activity is reduced or abolished.

pH is affecting enzyme activity so that oxygen production is decreased

Oxygen Production

(as a measure of enzyme activity)

pH A

pH B

pH C

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Enzyme activity may also be adversely affected by changes in temperature.

Normally, enzymes work at a particular temperature optimum and if the temperature is either too high or too low, the enzyme activity is reduced.

Temperature is affecting enzyme activity so that oxygen production is decreased

Oxygen Production

Temp 1

Temp 2

Temp 3

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Enzyme activity can also be affected by surface area, ie. the more enzyme exposed to substrate or the more substrate exposed to enzyme.

For example, if potato cells are crushed or cut into smaller pieces, this may affect how much catalase enzyme comes into contact with substrate (H2O2).

H2O2 solution

Oxygen bubbles

The more bubbles, the more oxygen. Therefore, the more active the enzyme.

Potato pieces

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THE EXPERIMENT

You and your lab partner will design an experimental procedure based on what you would like to study.

Decide what independent variable (ie. pH, temperature, surface area, etc.) you want to manipulate to determine its effect on enzyme activity.

Your dependent variable is the rate or amount of oxygen production and you will need a number of controlled variables.

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Use 3 different changes to your independent variable (ie. neutral pH, acidic pH, basic pH).

Consider the materials you will need to perform the experiment. You will have access to standard laboratory equipment including:

  • Potatoes, scalpels, forceps
  • Hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Acid, base, water
  • Hot plate, thermometer
  • Beakers, test tubes, graduated cylinders, droppers, retort stand, clamp
  • A few other select items may be available

Only typical lab equipment available. Any additional materials must be provided by student.

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LAB FORMAT

Hypothesis:

Create an IF / THEN statement about your experiment.

Materials: List of items.

Procedure:

  • Past tense, impersonal, numbered steps which describes experiment and includes all materials used.

Observations:

  • Record data on oxygen production in a well-designed and titled data table.
  • Present data in a well-designed and titled computer-generated graph.
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Conclusions:

  • Describe your independent, dependent and controlled variables.
  • Explain how changing your independent variable influenced the enzyme activity and explain why.
  • List and explain at least three possible experimental sources of error in this lab activity.
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NOW DO THIS

Assemble in a lab group of 2 students and work on designing your experiment. Consider what your variables will be and what materials you need to conduct the experiment.

You will only have access to typical lab materials. Feel free to look around the room on shelves and lab drawers to determine some of the items available.

Submit at end of class with your names:

- Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure