Chapter 15, Question 103

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Chapter 15, Question 103

Postby Chem Student » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:50 pm

Vision depends on the protein rhodospin, which absorbs light in the retina of the eye in a reaction in which one form, metarhodospin I, is converted to another, metarhodospin II. The half-life of this reaction in cattle eyes is 600 micro seconds at 37 C but is 1s at 0 C, whereas in frog eyes the same process has a half-life that differs by a factor of only 6 over the same temperature range. Suggest an explanation and speculate on the survival advantages that this difference prvides the frog?

What is the take away from this question suppose to be? Is it that the lower Ea for the reaction occurring in the frog means that k depends less on T?

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Re: Chapter 15, Question 103

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:00 am

Right, k is depend on T, at lower T the half life is longer meaning that the rate is slower. Think of the arrhenius equation.


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