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How are steady state processes and homeostasis linked?

Topic

Homeostasis

Framing Question

How are steady state processes and homeostasis linked?

Learning Objectives

  • Explain that a system at chemical equilibrium (or just equilibrium) is stable over time, but no energy or work is required to maintain that condition.
  • Apply the principles of kinetics to describe flux through biochemical pathways.
  • Discuss a metabolic pathway in terms of equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s principle.
  • Relate the laws of thermodynamics to homeostasis and explain how the cell or organism maintains homeostasis.
  • Model how perturbations to the steady state can result in changes to the homeostatic state.
  • Propose how resources stored in the homeostatic state can be utilized in times of need.

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