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  1. The gas exchange system is one of the organ systems of the human body.
    Fig. 1.1 shows parts of the gas exchange system during breathing in and breathing out.
    Complete Table 1.1 to show:
  • the functions of the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles during breathing in and breathing out
  • the pressure changes in the thorax.
    Use these words:
    Fig. 1.2 shows part of the gas exchange surface of a human.
    (b) State two features of the gas exchange surface that are visible in Fig. 1.2.
    (c) The cells labelled X on Fig. 1.2 form a tissue.
    (i) Define the term tissue.
    (ii) Cartilage is another tissue found in the gas exchange system.
    State the functions of cartilage in the gas exchange system.
  1. Biological washing powders contain enzymes that break down food stains.
    (a) Complete Table 2.1 by naming the enzymes that break down three substances in food stains and by stating the product or products.
    Some students compared how effective biological and non-biological washing powders are at removing stains at temperatures between 10°C and 60°C.
  • Pieces of stained cloth were washed using two different washing powders.
  • The degree of stain removal was measured by using a light meter to record the percentage of light reflected from the cloth.
  • A light meter gave a value of 100% when the cloth was completely clean.
  • Any stain left on the cloth reduced the percentage of light reflected.
    The results of the students’ investigation are shown in Fig. 2.1.
    (b) Compare the effectiveness of the two washing powders at removing stains.
    Use the information in Fig. 2.1 in your answer.
    (c) The students suggested that the enzymes in the biological washing powder were denatured at high temperatures.
    Explain why enzyme molecules do not function when they are denatured.
    (d) Forensic scientists often try to find DNA on items of stained clothing. The DNA can be used to identify individual people.
    Suggest why DNA can be used to identify individual people.

  1. (a) Dialysis tubing is an artificial membrane, which is similar to the lining of the intestine. A student investigated the diffusion of glucose through dialysis tubing by using the apparatus shown in Fig. 3.1.
    The student took samples of the water outside the dialysis tubing at 5 minute intervals and tested the samples with Benedict’s solution.
    The results are shown in Table 3.1.
    (i) Describe and explain the results shown in Table 3.1.
    (ii) The student repeated the investigation with a higher concentration of glucose in the dialysis tubing.
    Predict the results that the student would observe.
    (b) Fig. 3.2 shows a drawing of a cell from the lining of the small intestine. The lumen is the space inside the intestine where food is digested.
    State the names of the three labelled structures in Fig. 3.2 and describe the role of each structure in the intestinal cell.
    (c) The cholera bacterium can survive in the small intestine and the large intestine. The bacterium releases a toxin that interacts with receptors on the surface of cells.
    Fig. 3.3 shows the effect of the toxin. The arrows indicate the direction of movement. The toxin stimulates the secretion of ion X out of the intestinal cell.
    (i) State the name of ion X.
    (ii) Describe the effects on the body of the secretion of ion X into the lumen of the intestine.
  2. Johnson grass, Sorghum halepense, is wind-pollinated.
    (a) Fig. 4.1 shows some Johnson grass flowers.
    (i) State the genus of Johnson grass.
    (ii) Describe two features visible in Fig. 4.1 that show that Johnson grass flowers are adapted for wind-pollination.
    (b) Fig. 4.2 shows a section through a carpel shortly after pollination.
    (i) State the names of the parts of the carpel labelled C, D and E.
    (ii) Complete the sentences:
    Pollen grains are formed in anthers. During their formation the number of chromosomes in the nuclei is halved by the process of …….. This means the male nucleus A in the pollen tube is described as a …….. nucleus. When nucleus A ……. with nucleus B, the chromosome number doubles to form a …….. nucleus. The name of this process is …….. Then the ……. divides by the process of ……. to form an embryo.
    (c) Discuss the advantages of sexual reproduction to a wild population of flowering plants such as Johnson grass.
    (d) Sexual reproduction requires energy.
    State three uses of energy in organisms other than in reproduction.
  3. Ciliates are classified in the kingdom Protoctist. Bacteria are classified in the kingdom Prokaryote.
    (a) State two structural features that distinguish the cells of a protoctist from a prokaryote.
    (b) Fig. 5.1 shows five species of ciliate that are found in sewage treatment works.
    Fig. 5.2 is a dichotomous key to identify the ciliates shown in Fig. 5.1.
    Complete the key in Fig. 5.2 by writing suitable statements:
  • for box 2 to distinguish species B and E
  • for box 4 to distinguish species A and C.
    (c) Didinium is a predatory ciliate. A video recording was made of one Didinium feeding on a Paramecium. Fig. 5.3 shows a sequence of still photographs taken from the video.
    (d) Fig. 5.4 is a food web for some of the microorganisms in a sewage treatment works.
    (i) Construct one food chain with three trophic levels that use energy derived from the breakdown of sewage. Do not draw the organisms.
    (ii) The water that passed out of the sewage works was often cloudy with suspended matter.
    Scientists discovered that ciliates reduce the cloudiness of water during sewage treatment.
    Suggest how the ciliates reduce the cloudiness of the water using the information in Fig. 5.4.
    (iii) Explain how sewage treatment reduces the spread of disease.
    (iv) Nitrifying bacteria are found in sewage works.
    Explain the importance of nitrifying bacteria in the nitrogen cycle.
  1. Colour blindness is a characteristic that is inherited. Colour blindness is more common in males than in females.
    Fig. 6.1 is a pedigree diagram showing the inheritance of colour blindness in a family.
    (a) Define the term inheritance.
    (b) (i) Using the symbols B and b, state the genotypes of individual 5 and individual 8 in the pedigree diagram.
    (ii) Individual 3 is a carrier of colour blindness because she has one copy of the allele for colour blindness but has normal colour vision.
    Describe the evidence from Fig. 6.1 that shows that individual 3 is a carrier.
    (iii) There was no history of colour blindness in the parents and grandparents of individuals 1 and 2.
    Suggest how colour blindness first occurred in the family in Fig. 6.1.

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