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Wavelength of bonding energy

  1. Jan 29, 2006 #1
    What is the energy wavelenth used by ATP? Or even, what kind of form is energy in when used to do work in cells? Electrical? Heat? Electromagnetic?
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  3. Jan 30, 2006 #2


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    Electromagnetic, via the chemical bond. It stores the energy in the bond when it attaches the third phosphorus atom (becoming ATP from ADP). The energy is released in a cell by the breaking of that bond and it is electromagnetic in nature, I suppose manifested as electrical potential. I am not sure how it goes on from there; in muscle cells it would be converted into flexing of a molecule.
  4. Jan 31, 2006 #3


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    What do you mean by wavelength ? De Broglie wavelength ?

    Well, since one molecule of ATP gives around 10^(-19)J upon hydrolysis of the terminal phosphate residue, we have :

    [tex]E = \frac{hc}{\lambda}[/tex]

    so [tex]\lambda[/tex] is http://www.google.com/search?hs=szY&hl=en&lr=&client=opera&rls=en&q=h*c/10^(-19)J&btnG=Search

    around 2 microns, that's in the infrared photon region.
  5. Feb 1, 2006 #4
    what i was wondering more or less was if it was electricity or some other form of energy we can utilize to power objects, homes, etc.
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