The Effect Of Osmosis On Eukaryotic Cells

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Biology EEI – Osmosis in Potatoes

Purpose:
The purpose of this investigation is to observe the effect of Osmosis in Eukaryotic cells; more specifically Potatoes under different sodium chloride solutions.
Hypothesis:
The hypotonic solution will demonstrate results of osmosis by gaining mass (g) by the conclusion of the testing period. This is because there is an increased presence of sodium chloride in the potato over the distilled water solution. Therefore the solvent moves from a low solute concentration area to a high solute concentration area, within the potato. The hypertonic solution will demonstrate results of osmosis resulting in less mass (g) by the conclusion of the testing period. This is because the sodium in the potato is less than the sodium chloride solution, therefore the water in the potato moves from a low solute concentration area to a high solute concentration area by losing mass (g) by the conclusion of the testing period.
Introduction:
Cells are the building blocks of life for all living organisms, and are the smallest structural and functional unit of a living organism. Eukaryotic cells and Prokaryotic cells are different in profound ways, and are found in vastly different environments. The eukaryotic cell contains membrane-bound organelles which include the nucleus, a plasma membrane, ribosomes and other exclusive membrane bound internal structures such as mitochondria and lysosomes. Prokaryotic cells are vastly different from eukaryotic cells,…
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