What Is The Contribution Of Chemistry To Biology?


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In order to master biology, it is important to have a bit of understanding about chemistry. The two fields of science overlap in a number of ways that help to explain the structure and function of all chemical processes at a molecular level.

The concepts of chemistry contribute towards an understanding of the more complex biological processes and principles. There are a number of sub disciplines where chemistry and biology contribute towards each other, namely; atomic theory, organic chemistry and water.

• Atomic Theory

Within atomic theory, chemistry contributes towards biology in the understanding of atoms and elements. Chemistry explains the simplest form of a pure substance is an atom and that an element is only made up of one type of atom. Biology uses this definition when looking at the make up of living organisms.

• Organic Chemistry

The chemistry of carbon, i.e. Its make up, is essential within biology as carbon is a noteworthy element in all living systems. Looking at the uniqueness of carbon as well as its functional groups, dehydration synthesis and polymer foundation are all aspects that require the chemical background knowledge in order to understand the biology of it.

• Water

The chemical make up of water can begin to explain some of its biological characteristics. The uniqueness of water is due to its molecular structure. Water is a polar covalent molecule that has a slight negative and positive charge on opposing ends. This leads to the molecule being bent and gives it a number of biological characteristics. These characteristics include; polarity, cohesion, hydrogen bonding and surface tension.

These are just a few of the sub disciplines within biology that require a good background knowledge of chemistry. All fields of science can be overlapped and each contributes towards another. Chemistry and biology are two in particular that go hand in hand.

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