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NOTES: 2.2 – Properties of Water. Water Overview… Water is perhaps the most important compound in living organisms Because so many substances can dissolve.

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1 NOTES: 2.2 – Properties of Water

2 Water Overview… Water is perhaps the most important compound in living organisms Because so many substances can dissolve in water:  molecules and ions are free to move and collide with one another in the reactions of life;  water serves as a means of material transportation (i.e. blood, plant sap)

3 Water Overview… Living cells are 70%-95% water Water covers approx. ¾ of earth. In nature, water naturally exists in all 3 states of matter: solid, liquid and gas


5 Water is a POLAR molecule the bonds that hold the hydrogen and oxygen atoms together are POLAR COVALENT BONDS…  this means that the electrons that make up the covalent bonds are shared UNEQUALLY …they spend more time near the oxygen atom than they do near the hydrogen atom  so, a water molecule has a positive end and a negative end

6 Water is POLAR… POLAR WATER MOLECULES attract one another, as well as ions and other polar molecules

7 Water Molecules… The polarity of water molecules results in HYDROGEN BONDING a HYDROGEN BOND is the attraction of opposite charges between hydrogen and oxygen Each water molecule can form a maximum of 4 hydrogen bonds with neighboring water molecules


9 Properties of Water (as a result of polarity and H-bonding): ► COHESION: molecules are held together by H bonds contributes to upward movement of water in plants from roots to leaves

10 Tension– Cohesion Model

11 Properties of Water ► ADHESION: water sticks to other surfaces (by polarity or H bonds); can counteract gravity in plant vessels

12 ► SURFACE TENSION: measure of how difficult it is to stretch the surface of a liquid -water has greater surface tension than most liquids because at the air/water interface the surface water molecules are H-bonded to each other and to the water molecules below -causes water to “bead” -creates a “skin” on the surface


14 ► HIGH SPECIFIC HEAT (resists changes in temp) Specific Heat: amt. of heat that must be absorbed or lost for 1 gram of a substance to change its temp by 1°C Water’s high specific heat means that it resists temp. changes when it absorbs or releases heat *Heat is absorbed to break H-bonds; and given off when they form



17 ► HIGH HEAT OF VAPORIZATION Heat of vaporization = amt. of heat a liquid must absorb for 1 g to be converted to gas state for water molecules to evaporate, H bonds must be broken, which requires heat energy

18 ► EVAPORATIVE COOLING: after high temp. molecules have evaporated, the remaining liquid is cooler (ex: sweating) -stabilizes temp. in aquatic ecosystems -protects organisms from overheating *(as 1 g of water evaporates from our skin, 539 g of body cools by 1°C)

19 The air in the shower stall is at the same temperature as the air outside, but there's less water vapor outside to condense on the skin.


21 ► WATER EXPANDS WHEN IT FREEZES because of H-bonding, water is less dense as a solid than it is as a floats! since ice is less dense, it forms on the surface at first as water freezes, it releases heat to the water below and insulates it! Oceans and lakes don’t freeze solid!!


23 ► WATER IS THE SOLVENT OF LIFE due to its polarity, water is a versatile solvent cell

24 Water forms Solutions –All the components of a solution are evenly distributed throughout the solution. –In a saltwater solution, table salt is the solute—the substance that is dissolved. –Water is the solvent—the substance in which the solute dissolves.

25 Water forms Suspensions –Some materials do not dissolve in water, but separate into small pieces. Such mixtures of water and nondissolved material are known as suspensions. –Some of the most important biological fluids are both solutions and suspensions. –Blood is mostly water. It contains many dissolved compounds, but also cells and other undissolved particles that remain in suspension as the blood moves through the body.

26 Acids, Bases, and pH Water molecules sometimes split apart to form hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions. This reaction can be summarized by a chemical equation in which double arrows are used to show that the reaction can occur in either direction.

27 Chemists devised a measurement system called the pH scale to indicate the concentration of H + ions in solution. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. At a pH of 7, the concentration of H + ions and OH – ions is equal. Pure water has a pH of 7. –Acids have a pH less than 7. –Bases have a pH greater than 7. pH Scale

28 Buffers – The pH of the fluids within most cells in the human body must generally be kept between 6.5 and 7.5 in order to maintain homeostasis. If the pH is lower or higher, it will affect the chemical reactions that take place within the cells. –One of the ways that organisms control pH is through dissolved compounds called buffers, which are weak acids or bases that can react with strong acids or bases to prevent sharp, sudden changes in pH.

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