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Macromolecules in Food

Activity Summary
Students use chemical indicators to detect for the presence of different macromolecules in various liquids. Each group of students will place a small volume of each solution in different test tubes to detect for the presence of simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. After observing the color change in the presence of each different macromolecule,
students make predictions on the presence of each of these macromolecules in a solution then test for their presence.

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Learning Objectives
1. Describe the function of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids
2. Explain the differences between simple and complex carbohydrates
3. Explain how chemical indicators work
4. Identify which macromolecules are present in various substances

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macromolecules, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, chemical indicators

Last updated: 3/4/2015