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Investigating the effect of surface area on the rate of an enzyme controlled reaction.

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Investigating the effect of surface area on the rate of an enzyme controlled reaction ENZYME: An organic catalyst formed by living cells, but not depending on their presenckje for their action. Concise Oxford Dictionary Processes within cells sojjjmetimes produce substances that would be harmful to the cell. To combat this, the cells require a method of disposing of this waste and this method involves enzymes. Inside the cell, enzymes and substrates move around. Enzymes have been created by the cells, and substrates are the dangerous by-products of the reactions within the cells. When an enzyme and a substrate collide, they join together K;lo'o'j'o Once they are joined, the enzyme can begin working. It attempts to split the substrate into pieces, which are not harmful to the plant. As this diagram shows, the substrate is split up, but the enzyme is not changed. It can then go on to be used to catalyse other reactions. The experiment that I will be completing involves using hydrogen peroxide as the substrate and catalase as the enzyme. Catalase is found inside potato cells, and can be releao'o'jsed by cutting the potato. ...read more.


The results that I recorded were as follows: Table to show the time taken for 10ml of oxygen collect with different numbers of potato pieces Time take for 10ml of oxygen to collect (mins) No. of potato pieces Experiment 1 Experiment 2 Average 1 6.22 4.34 5.28 2 5.48 4.11 5.01 3 2.51 3.27 3.06 4 2.59 2.47 2.53 5 3.04 4.02 3.33 6 2.24 2.57 2.41 From these results I was able to create this graph However, this does not give a very useful display, as the data is graphed by number of pieces rather that the surface area. To give a more useful visual display of the results, I created the following graph: Although these results are not exactly correlating, there is a trend of negative correlation. This shows that the overall prediction was correct, and the larger surface area, the less time is taken for oxygen to be produced. However, some of the results were anomalous. The table below highlights the results that I consider tuoitoro be anomalous, and the recalculated averages. No. of potato pieces Surface area (cm�) ...read more.


lthough the results were enough to show a trend, they were not very accurate. This could be due to a number of factors, including: * Inaccurate readings - the readings of the time may be inaccurate, as they were dependant on human observation of 10ml of oxygen being collected, anryid a human stopping the stopwatch * Different potatoes - different potatoes were used for experiment 1 and experiment 2. These will have been different in some way (type, age, temperature, time since harvest etc) * Different parts of potato - The pieces used were taken from throughout the potato. I do not know about potato anatomy, but there may be more catalase in the centre, or at the bottom of the potato * Inaccurate equipment - not all of the equipment was accurate, so other variables could have changed. To improve the experiment, further work would have to be done on controlling the variables stated above. However, as some of these are very difficult to control, I would like to repeat the tests more then twice. In an ideal situation, I would repeat the test over ten times to get an accurate result. However, realistically, there would not be time for a large number of repeats to take place. I5i78 ...read more.

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