muscles, how do they work?

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muscles, how do they work?

Post by Roan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:03 am

If carbon cannot move and hydrogen cannot move (without intervention of some kind) then how does a hydrocarbon-protien muscle cell move on its own?
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Post by mith » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:07 am

ummm, what is a hydrocarbon protein muscle?
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Re: muscles, how do they work?

Post by Roan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:19 pm

ooookkkeeeyyyy, ummm, cells are made out of protin; which is made out of hydrocarbons; which are made out of hydrogen and carbon. how exactley does the bonds between the hydrogen and carbon all of a sudden make them "alive"
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Post by Jammerz » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:36 pm

There's a lot more to cells than just "hydrocarbons", and your question is extremely broad.

Cells are made of (primarily) protein, carbohydrates and lipids, which are in turn made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and a number of other elements. There are many, many different kinds of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.

Muscles contain a lot of protein. The way they contract is by the movement of different proteins (actin and myosin) sliding across one another, and the energy for this comes from ATP.

That's an extremely general and incomplete explanation; you should look at some websites or textbooks.

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Post by mith » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:55 pm

Conformational change in a molecule <---coulombic forces
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