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classification (1)

the five kingdoms:

  • prokaryota
  • protocista
  • fungi
  • plantae
  • animalia

prokaryota -

  • cell type - prokaryotic
  • organisation - unicellular
  • nutrition - miscellaneous
  • reproduction - mostly asexual
  • examples - bacteria/cyanobacteria

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classification (2)

protocista -

  • cell type - eukaryotic
  • organisation - unicellular, filamentous or multicellular
  • nutrition - miscellaneous
  • reproduction - asexual and/or sexual
  • examples - algae/protozoa

fungi -

  • cell type - eukaryotic
  • organisation - multicellular
  • nutrition - mostly saprotrophic
  • reproduction - most have sexual and asexual
  • examples - mould/yeast/mushrooms

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classification (3)

plantae -

  • cell type - eukaryotic
  • organisation - multicellular
  • nutrition - photosynthetic autotrophs
  • reproduction - alternation or generations - sexual and asexual
  • examples - ferns/conifers/angiosperms

animalia -

  • cell type - eukaryotic
  • organisation - multicellular
  • nutrition - heterotrophs
  • reproduction - mostly sexual with haploid gametes
  • examples - sponges/flatworms/fish

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classification (4)

the way the kingdom is broken down:

  • a number of species make up a genus
  • a number of genera make up a family
  • a number of families make up an order
  • a number of orders make up a class
  • a number of classes make up a phylum
  • a number of phyla make up a kingdom

species - lowest level of classification within a kingdom. All members of a species are capable of interbreeding to produce fertile offspring. They have a particular set of characteristics.

genus - a group similar or closely related species. could include only one species in some examples but often includes several

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respiration (1)

  • gas exchange = the movement of oxygen into an organism and carbon dioxide out of an organism
  • breathing = the ventilation movements that are needed in some larger animals so that efficient gas exchange can take place. it involves ribs, intercostal muscles, the diaphragm and lungs
  • respiration = the process by which complex organic molecules are broken down to release energy
  • aerobic respiration = requires oxygen to fully oxidise the organic molecule. this releases lots of energy
  • anaerobic = the breakdown of the molecule without oxygen. this releases much less energy.

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is energy. it is a small molecule with 3 phosphate groups (P) attached to an adenosine i.e. adenosine-P-P-P. in respiration, high energy C-C, C-H and C-OH bonds are broken, lower energy bonds are formed and the difference is released and used to attach a P to Adenosine -P-P (ADP) making ATP. when energy is needed at a later time by a cell, it can use the ATP and break a P off, this releases the energy needed. for aerobic respiration to occur, a cell needs mitochondria.

the outline stages:

  • glycolysis
  • krebs cycle
  • electron transport chain
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respiration (2)


  • what = formation of pyruvic acid from glucose
  • where = cytoplasm

krebs cycle:

  • what = removal of hydrogen from pyruvic acid
  • where = matrix of the mitochondria

electron transport chain:

  • what = using hydrogen to produce ATP
  • where = inner mitochondrial membrane

electron/hydrogen carriers - many of the reactions in the stages of respiration involve oxidation by the removal of hydrogen atoms (H). these are tranferred to electron/hydrogen carriers, and are passed to oxygen to form water at the last stage of respiration. the two hydrogen carriers are NAD and FAD.

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respiration (3)

oxidation/reduction - oxidation is the addition of oxygen, the removal of hydrogen. reduction is the addition of hydrogen, quick way to remember: OILRIG Oxidation Is Loss, Reduction Is Gain.

glycolysis -

  1. Glucose is phosphorylated twice to make a 6C sugar phosphate. 2 ATPs are used to supply the P groups. This makes the glucose more reactive and so...
  2. The 6C sugar phosphate breaks down to form 2, 3-carbon sugar phosphates, called triose phosphates (TP).
  3. Hydrogen is removed from each of the 2 TP molecules. The hydrogens are passed to 2 NADs (the NADs are reduced). 2 ATPs are made directly from the conversion of each TP to pyruvate as the phosphate groups are removed.

into glycolysis: 1 glucose (6C), 2 NAD, 2 ATP

out of glycolysis: 2 pyruvate molecules (3C), 2 reduced NAD (NADH), 4ATP

net gain: 2 ATP and 2 NADH

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respiration (4)

the link reaction -

  1. The Pyruvate molecules enter the mitochondrion.
  2. CO2 and hydrogen are removed from each Pyruvate to create 2 2C molecules. The hydrogen is transferred to NAD
  3. The 2-C molecule is then combined with coenzyme A (CoA) to form the 2C compound, acetyl Coenzyme A.

into link: 2 pyruvate, 2 co enzyme A, 2 NAD

out of link: 2 acetyl coenzyme A, 2 carbon dioxide, 2 NADH

the krebs cycle - this cycle happens twice for every glucose molecule respired.

  1. Each acetylCoA (2C) combines with an oxaloacetate (4C) to make a 6C compound (citric acid)
  2. In a series of steps, for each 6C compound, 2 CO2 molecules are released, 3 NAD molecules are reduced, 2 FAD molecules are reduced, 1 ATP molecule is made directly.
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respiration (5)

  1. The 4C compound is regenerated (by the removal of the 2 Cs in 2 CO2 molecules) so that the cycle can begin again with more molecules of acetylCoA.

into kreb cycle - 2 acetyl coenzyme A, 6 NAD, 2 FAD, 2 ADP + P

out of kreb - 2 oxaloacetate, 4 carbon dioxide, 6 NADH, 2 FADH, 2 ATP

So far we have in total, from one glucose molecule...

  • 6 CO2
  • 4 ATPs made directly
  • 10 NADH
  • 2 FADH

now all of the hydrogen from the NADHs and the FADHs enter a chain of reactions which yields ATP

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