The Chemistry of Boogers

Introduction

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Boogers, also known as snot, are dried up bits of mucus often found in ones nostrils. They form there to catch particles in the air and keep them out of your lungs. I chose to research boogers because they're kind of gross, and no one ever asks about what they're made of. My life is affected by boogers every day. They keep the dirt out of my lungs, lubricate my nostrils and other parts of the body, and in grade school they were often an afternoon snack.

Composition of ...
  • Glycoproteins (made of amino acids such as asparagine (C 4 H 8 N 2 O 3 ))

  • Lipids (Fats)

  • Salts

  • Water (Makes up 95%)

  • Carbon

  • Nitrogen



Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components


WATER  (H₂O)

  • Chemical compound with 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom.

  • Essential to human life

  • Makes slimy part of the boogie

PROTEINS

  • Made from breakdown of sugars in body (glucose to ATP)

  • Molecules made of long strands of amino acids

  • Make the solid parts of the boogie



Chemistry's Role

H2O

  • Comes into body from drinking, or eating foods

    • especially water rich food like plants

  • Body is around 60% Water


PROTEINS

C 4 H 8 N 2 O 3

  • Cells must put amino acids in right order

  • Decoding DNA

  • Copies into RNA

  • mRNA is taken by ribosomes which put proteins together

  • Sugar to ATP, Oxygen, and Water

    • to give cells energy to create proteins


Background Research

Boogers are made inside the body through the breakdown of sugars into energy, like all other biological processes.  Boogers are used to catch foreign objects in the air to keep objects out of your lungs.  Also, humans swallow up to 200 calories of snot each day.

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About the Author

image (2).jpgTate Volbrecht is a junior at Billings Senior High School.  He enjoys learning about chemistry and other sciences, reading, music, debate team and spending time with his friends.  He is a member of National Honor Society, varsity track, and is a two time National Qualifier in Lincoln Douglas Debate and two year All State Debate.
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