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A spectophotometric assay is made by mixing a salt solution, acid buffer, bacterial cells and an enzyme catalyst. Using your skills of proportional reasoning, work out the volumes of given reagents required to create the standard assay. There are two different types of question: one in which you find the missing volumes and another in which you find the missing concentrations. Type your
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NOTES AND BACKGROUND
Mixing solutions of given concentrations from reagents in other concentrations is an essential scientific skill in the laboratory. In this question we convert between various ways of representing concentration and practise the crucial skill of dilutions. Recall that a concentration of, for example, $3.2$M means $3.2$ moles per litre and that the molecular weight is the weight in grammes of 1
moles of a compound.