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

(a)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between inorganic salts 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 proteins and nucleic acids, 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 lipids and water, 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 lipids and carbohydrates, the member which is more abundant, on a mass basis, in the human body is 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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