Alkaline Hydrolysis of RNA


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The breaking of covalent bonds by water is called _____.

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1. If the pH is 9.0, a solution is considered _____.

2. What the main reason RNA is more susceptible to alkaline hydrolysis than DNA?

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How much do you know about alkaline hydrolysis of RNA? These assessment tools can help you find out! Take this interactive quiz or complete the printable worksheet to quickly gauge your knowledge of covalent bonds, pH, the relationship between RNA and alkaline hydrolysis and RNA strands when attacked by hydroxide ion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can check your comprehension of the following:

  • The term for the breaking of covalent bonds by water
  • State of a solution when the pH is 9.0
  • Primary reason RNA is more susceptible to alkaline hydrolysis than DNA
  • Impact on an RNA strand when it gets attacked by a hydroxide ion
  • Water when it is returned after an OH- attack

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concepts of RNA and DNA and their susceptibility to alkaline hydrolysis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about covalent bonds and the impact of an RNA strand being attacked by hydroxide ion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding water returned after an OH- attack

Additional Learning

To learn even more about concepts covered in the quiz and worksheet, review the lesson called Alkaline Hydrolysis of RNA. You'll gain a great understanding of the following:

  • Definitions of 'hydro-' and '-lysis'
  • Composition of water and what occurs when it is separated
  • pH when equal amounts of H+ and OH- are present