Inorganic Compounds

Inorganic Compounds
1. The most abundant inorganic compound found in living organisms is
2. About 65-75% of the body weight of humans is composed of water. What percentage of the following are
composed of water?
Percent Water
Red Blood Cells
Muscle Tissue
Blood Plasma
3. How long can you live without water?
4. Several chemical and physical properties of water explain its vital role in living organisms.
a. Water is a universal
b. The versatility of water as a solvent is due to its
Because of its polar nature, having positive and negative end of the molecule, other molecules,
compounds, readily dissolve in water.
c. Water participates in catabolic chemical reactions such as
, where water
is added to large organic nutrient molecules to break them down.
d. Water absorbs and releases
very slowly, thus moderating the effects on body
temperature of fluctuations in external temperatures.
e. The primary way humans lose heat and regulate their body temperature is by cooling when
evaporates from the surface of the skin.
Acids and Bases
1. Acids
hydrogen ions into solution, where as bases
hydrogen ions from solution.
2. pH is the measure of
concentration in a particular substance.
3. Neutral solutions have a pH of
. Acids have a pH range from
bases have a pH range from
4. On the diagram below, create a scale from 0 to 14. Indicate the sections of higher H+ ion concentration and
OH- concentration. Indicate the acidic, basic, and neutral portions of the scale. Then place the following
substances on the scale: pure water, blood, urine, stomach acid, household ammonia, vinegar, oven cleaner,
household bleach, tomatoes, grapes, ocean water, eggs, saliva, and milk.
Buffers are substances that help maintain a pH within
They will
hydrogen ions if body fluid is too basic and
hydrogen ions if body fluid is too acidic.
limits (pH 7.35 to pH 7.45).
1. Salts are
2. Salts are
3. Electrolytes have the ability to
compounds that do not contain H+ or OH-.
, which can carry electrical currents in the body.
in water.