Amino Acid Side Chains: Function & Examples


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Which part of an amino acid gives the amino acid its unique biochemistry?

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1. An amino acid must contain all of the following, EXCEPT _____.

2. Amino acids are typically grouped into all of the following groups, EXCEPT _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer the questions asked on this worksheet/quiz combination to examine how amino acids are structured, their primary components, the categories into which they can be classified and other related facts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions on the following types of information:

  • Key parts of an amino acid
  • Which part designates the amino acid's biochemistry
  • How an amino acid side chain is represented in a diagram

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of biochemistry to identify an amino acid side chain
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key vocabulary, such as the terms electronegative and aromatic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which structures are or are not required parts of an amino acid

Additional Learning

Read or view the lesson titled Amino Acid Side Chains: Function & Examples for more information. Upon completion, you will have achieved the following objectives:

  • Know the five parts of an amino acid
  • Identify an amino acid side chain in a diagram
  • Name and define the four amino acid side chain groups
  • Explain how an amino acid gets its unique biochemical properties