Developing the enzyme-machine analogy: a non-mathematical approach to teaching Michaelis-Menten kinetics

Brown, Simon (2010) Developing the enzyme-machine analogy: a non-mathematical approach to teaching Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Orbital, 2 (1). pp. 92-100.

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Abstract

The behavior of enzyme-catalyzed reactions is not made clear to many students by the standard mathematical description of enzyme kinetics. An enzyme-machine analogy is described that has made the details of the Michaelis-Menten mechanism and the associated kinetics more accessible with minimal use of mathematics. Students taught using the analogy appear to have fewer of the misconceptions than those taught using a more mathematical approach.

Item ID: 53062
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1984-6428
Keywords: analogy; enzyme kinetics; machine; teaching
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Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 04:04
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 80%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060107 Enzymes @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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