Enzyme Activity Lab Report

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The purpose of this lab experiment was to determine the relationship between temperature and the rate of enzymatic activity in yeast cells. In the lab, the temperature was the independent variable. The temperatures consisted of 6°C, 24°C, 34°C, 46°C. The dependent variable in the experiment was the rate of enzymatic activity in yeast cells. The temperatures were tested by using a LabQuest and pressure probe that tested pressure inside the plastic test tube. LabQuest graphed the data and created a line of best fit that was used to determine the slope of the graph. The slope of the graph represents the rate of enzymatic activity. The slope was found for each temperature in 2 different trials. Then, the rate of enzyme activity (kPa/sec) for each temperature in the 2 trials were averaged. These averages were used to develop a graph that shows the relationship between temperature and the rate of enzyme activity. According to the results of the experiment, as the temperature increases, the rate of enzymatic activity decreases. Each enzyme has its own optimal temperature in which it can function efficiently.

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The rate of enzyme activity is important to living things. Enzymes are organic catalysts that help facilitate chemical reactions in the human body. According to Cooper (1970), these catalysts are crucial for metabolic pathway inside the body, digestion, respiration, and many important life processes. Homeostasis is maintained when enzymes function

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