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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

With the help of Figure 18-1, indicate which member in the following pairs of types of biochemical substances is more abundant in a mass basis, in the human body.

  1. a. water and proteins
  2. b. carbohydrates and lipids
  3. c. nucleic acids and inorganic salts
  4. d. carbohydrates and proteins

(a)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between water and proteins, the member which is more abundant, on a mass basis, in the human body has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: Those substances that do not contain carbon are known as bioinorganic substances and those substances that contain carbon are called bioorganic substances.  In terms of mass composition for human body, bioinorganic substances are much more abundant than bioorganic substances.

Explanation

In terms of mass composition, body contains 70% water and approximately 5% inorganic salts.  The approximate mass percent of bioorganic substances is 15%

(b)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between carbohydrates and lipids, the member which is more abundant, on a mass basis, in the human body has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: Those substances that do not contain carbon are known as bioinorganic substances and those substances that contain carbon are called bioorganic substances.  In terms of mass composition for human body, bioinorganic substances are much more abundant than bioorganic substances

(c)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between nucleic acids and inorganic salts, the member which is more abundant, on a mass basis, in the human body has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: Those substances that do not contain carbon are known as bioinorganic substances and those substances that contain carbon are called bioorganic substances.  In terms of mass composition for human body, bioinorganic substances are much more abundant than bioorganic substances.

(d)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between carbohydrates and proteins, the member which is more abundant, on a mass basis, in the human body has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: Those substances that do not contain carbon are known as bioinorganic substances and those substances that contain carbon are called bioorganic substances.  In terms of mass composition for human body, bioinorganic substances are much more abundant than bioorganic substances.

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