Question #e8574

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Apr 12, 2017

When a phosphate breaks off


The phosphate groups are very tightly packed, and their bonds contain a lot of energy. An analogy that I heard was: Consider three kids who really hate each other, forced to sit together on a school bus. As soon as one of them moves, a lot of the tension is gone.

The same idea can be applied to the phosphate groups.