Word of the Day

Chemical Equilibrium

State where the rate of the forward reaction is equal to the rate of the backwards reaction.

There is no net change in the concentration of the reactants or the products.

Also known as Dynamic Equilibrium.

Newton’s First Law

An object at rest will stay at rest while an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted on by an external force.

Amino Acid

The organic compounds that combine, via peptide bond, to form proteins.

Amino acids must contain both an amino functional group and a carboxylic acid functional group bonded to the alpha carbon. The variation in amino acid composition results from the side chain that is also bonded to the alpha carbon. The fourth bond on the alpha carbon is a hydrogen.

Secant

In geometry:
A line that intersects a curve in at least 2 points.

In trigonometry:
In a right angle triangle, the secant of an angle is the length of the hypotenuse divided by the length of the adjacent side.