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Carolina ChemKits®: Introduction to Enzymes (with perishables)

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Introduce students to the biochemistry of enzymes

  • Useful for chemistry, biology, and biochemistry courses
  • Teach what enzymes are and how they function
  • Investigate how time and concentration affect enzyme function

Grade 9–College. Explore the biochemical function of enzymes with this 4-experiment kit. Students study pepsin, invertase, and amylase to understand their effects on the reactions they catalyze. In the 1st experiment, students incubate a piece of meat with pepsin to provide insight on how the digestive system works and how enzymes function in the real world. In the 2nd experiment, students test for invertase digestion of sucrose to fructose and glucose using the DNS assay. In the 3rd experiment, students study the effect of time on an enzyme reaction. Finally, students use amylase to explore how enzyme concentration affects how quickly reaction products accumulate. An optional extension activity uses a spectrophotometer to quantify experimental results. Kit activities can be completed in 4 lab periods. Kit materials are designed for 8 groups of 2 to 4 students each and include some perishable items.

**Kit and perishable components will ship separately and may arrive on different days.

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What’s Included:
  • 1 Pepsin, 160 mg 
  • 2 Invertase, 100 Units 
  • 1 Fungal Alpha-Amylase, 50 Units 
  • 4 DNS Reagent, 25 mL 
  • 1 50 mM (sodium) Acetate Buffer, pH 5.0, 350 mL
  • 4 0.2 M Hydrochloric Acid, 15 mL
  • 1 Sucrose, 10 g
  • 1 Starch Solution, 0.5%, 50 mL
  • 1 Iodine 0.04%/Potassium Iodide 0.08% Solution, 20 mL
  • 8 Test Tubes, 16 x 125 mm
  • 75 Test Tubes, 13 x 100 mm
  • 56 Rubber Stoppers, Size 00
  • 8 Rubber Stoppers, Size 0
  • 400 Plastic Pipets
  • 18 Serological Pipets, 5 mL
  • 1 Digital Resource Instruction Card
  • 1 Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  •  Document Camera or Overhead Projector
  • 16 Beakers or Similar Containers, 500 mL
  • 8 Beakers or Similar Containers, 250-400 mL
  • 52 Test Tubes or Containers, 10 mL
  • 8 Test Tube Racks
  • 8 Pipet Bulbs
  • 8 Hot Water Baths
  • 2 Tongs
  • 8 Permanent Markers
  • 8 Timers
  • 1 Graduated Cylinder, 200 mL
  • 1 Balance (accurate to 1 mg)
  • 1 Fume Hood
  • 1 Closable Waste Container
  • 1 Tweezers or Forceps
  • 1 Incubator, 37° C
  • 1 Ground Beef or Beef Jerky, 1 g
  •  Distilled or Deionized Water
  •  Weigh Paper
  •  Aluminum Foil
  •  Labeling Tape
  • 1 Spectrophotometer (optional)
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