Macromolecules are molecules made of many subunits called monomers. The major macromolecules in biology are proteins, fats, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. Macromolecules make up everything inside your body. In this activity, students test for the presence of complex carbohydrates and lipids in known samples to determine the makeup of an unknown material.
Students will know
- Biomacromolecule groups
- Polymers and monomers
Students will understand
- an example of a test to identify complex carbohydrates
- an example of a test to identify fats
Students will be able to
- Test an unknown substance for the presence of lipids and complex carbohydrates
How to Run the Experiment
Learning Undefeated is dedicated to bringing authentic laboratory science experiences to students, even while they’re learning at home. To maintain regular laboratory protocol, you will find all materials are labeled with a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety Diamond. This is used to quickly tell users about the hazards that a material possesses including health, flammability, and instability hazards. Though all of the materials contained in the kit are deemed very safe (a 0 or 1 on each category), we thought providing this information was important for students to see and begin learning about.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are provided as well. Below you will find the MSDS for the reagents supplied in our Macromolecule Test kit.