Abiotic Synthesis & the Origin of Life


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What does the term abiotic mean?

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1. Which of the following was NOT likely found in early Earth's atmosphere?

2. Who performed the ground-breaking experiment that demonstrated that organic molecules could be produced without cells?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The creation of life with non-living molecules is the subject of this quiz and worksheet combination. You will be asked to define relevant vocabulary such as organic molecules and abiotic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Completing these assessments allows you to answer questions regarding these topics:

  • Substance not originally found on Earth
  • Person/people who first produced molecules without cells
  • Examples of organic molecules

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will help you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key terms - explain the meaning of organic molecules and abiotic
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned regarding the experiment that produced organic molecules without cells
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to identify components of early Earth's atmosphere

Additional Learning

If you are looking for extra content, access the lesson entitled Abiotic Synthesis & the Origin of Life. With this lesson, you can accomplish the following tasks:

  • Name the components of a cell
  • Describe the experiment that introduced the possibility of abiotic synthesis
  • List the gases that compromise the major elements in organic molecules
  • Explain the formation of the first cells of organic life