Chemistry in Bees answers

  1. Based on your own thoughts.
  2. Key terms that can be related: Hydrogenbonds holding the pollen together and to the bee’s legs. From the book: The bee uses receptors from its antennae to find the flower by smell.

  1. Honey is a supersaturated solution, with over 70% sugar and about 18% water (the rest being pollen, wax and other particles), making it unstable. To become stable again, the glucose will (eventually and under certain circumstances) precipitate from the solution, basically separating itself from the water, and will then form a structured crystal shape. When even one glucose molecule precipitates, it forms a chain reaction causing the rest of the solution to crystallize and resulting in a stable solution of honey.
  2. Their honey is acidic. The honey with a pH of 4 has 100x more hydrogen ions than the Honey with pH of 6.
  3. The reaction of splitting a molecule is called hydrolysis
  1. Hydrogen bonds
  1. Beeswax is hydrophobic, since it is a lipid it is naturally hydrophobic. This is because it consists of a nonpolar carbon chain.

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