Biology Osmosis Lab Report Essay

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Osmosis Lab Report

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Evan Gerber
Claire Cambron

First Lab Report
Wednesday 10:30am
February 20, 2013
Theresa Gburek

Abstract
The major objective of the experiment was to test the effect of the concentration gradient on the diffusion rate. It was hypothesized that the greater the stronger the concentration gradient, the faster the rate of diffusion would be. To test this, dialysis tubes were submerged in different concentration fructose solutions. We weighed the tubes at specific time intervals to measure the rate of diffusion of water in each different solution. The results illustrated that increased concentration gradient increases the rate of diffusion of water in the tubes. We concluded that as concentration of the
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The following hypothesis was made in regard to effect of the concentration gradient on the rate of diffusion: The higher the concentration gradient, the faster the rate of diffusion.

Materials & Methods
There were several steps completed to prepare for the experiment. Three dialysis tubes were filled with approximately the same volume of distilled water and then were tied shut. The initial mass (in grams) of the tubes was taken using a triple beam scale. I then filled three 500 mL beakers with 400 mL of water each and dissolved different masses of solute (table sugar) in each beaker in order to make 5%, 10%, and 20% solutions. The beakers were labeled accordingly, and then 20 g, 40 g, and 80 g (respectively) of table sugar was weighed out using a digital scale and placed into the corresponding beakers. The sugar was stirred in using a stirring rod until all of the solute was completely dissolved. One dialysis tube was submerged in each beaker. Osmosis was allowed to occur for 5 minutes and then all of the tubes were removed from the water. The tubes were dried off and measured on the triple beam scale. The mass was taken and recorded for all three tubes. I then placed the tubes back into their respective solutions. The process was repeated four times for each tube in 5 minute increments, and then the materials were disposed of. The rate of diffusion of water in each solution was

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