What is Pyruvate? - Definition & Overview Video


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How many carbon atoms are in the backbone of a pyruvate molecule?

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1. Which functional group is present in the pyruvate molecule?

2. How many pyruvate molecules are needed to synthesize one glucose molecule in the body?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Pyruvate is a versatile biological molecule and this quiz and worksheet combo will help assess your understanding of its characteristics and functions. You will be assessed on topics such as the carbon atoms in a pyruvate molecule and functional groups in pyruvate molecules.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This practice will examine your comprehension of the:

  • Number of pyruvate molecules necessary to synthesize a glucose molecule
  • Molecule formed during anaerobic respiration
  • Process of breaking down glucose

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding molecules
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about cellular respiration in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on pyruvate molecules

Additional Learning

To learn more about pyruvate, take a look at the associated lesson What is Pyruvate? - Definition & Overview. With this lesson, you will learn more about:

  • What pyruvate does
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Aerobic respiration