Course Outcomes for this section:
- Describe the structure of biologically-important molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, water) and how their structure leads to their function.
Living things are highly organized and structured, following a hierarchy that can be examined on a scale from small to large. The examination of the smallest parts involves a knowledge of chemistry. We discussed the levels of organization of living things in the last chapter. In this chapter, we will learn some basic chemistry that is important in order to understand how molecules in cells function.