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Ch 5: How Enzymes Work

About This Chapter

Explore the types of enzymes used to accelerate or enable a chemical process through a combination of video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. These lessons can be used to quickly and effectively prepare for a test or complete homework assignments on enzyme activities.

How Enzymes Work - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you understand what enzymes are and why they are important in different biological processes. You will explore different types of enzymes and their substrate helpers as well as review the main functions of enzymes and what makes them so important to living cells. These lessons also explore enzyme helpers and the different ways cells control their use. When you finish this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain why enzymes are so important in biology
  • Identify specific substrates used as enzymatic helpers
  • Describe the functions and interactions of the coenzymes, cofactors and prosthetic groups
  • Discuss the different ways cells can control and inhibit the actions of enzymes
  • Recognize the environmental conditions needed for different enzymes to function

This chapter includes short, engaging video lessons. There are also full text transcripts of these videos available for quick review. When you have finished the lessons, review what you know with targeted self-assessment quizzes. You can also use the Dashboard to keep your place within the lesson or chapter.

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