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Students will learn about:
- Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
- Characteristics of the cytoskeleton
- The organization of the nucleus
- The location and characteristics of ribosomes
- How mitochondria and chloroplast are structured
- The phospholipid bilayer
- The fluid mosaic model
- Diffusion and osmosis
- Active transport
- Exocytosis and endocytosis
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1. Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences
In this lesson, we discuss the similarities and differences between the eukaryotic cells of your body and prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. Eukaryotes organize different functions within specialized membrane-bound compartments called organelles. These structures do not exist in prokaryotes.
2. The Cytoskeleton: Microtubules and Microfilaments
In this lesson, we'll learn about the cytoskeleton of your cells. This network of microtubules, intermediate filaments, and microfilaments helps different types of cells maintain a unique set of characteristics, including shape and movement.
3. Structure of the Nucleus: Nucleolus, Nuclear Membrane, and Nuclear Pores
In this lesson, we'll discuss the organization and importance of the nucleus in your cells. This is the membrane-bound structure responsible for containing all the genetic material essential to making you who you are.
4. The Ribosome: Structure, Function and Location
The ribosome is the cellular structure responsible for decoding your DNA. In this lesson, we'll learn about ribosome structure, function and location - characteristics that make it a very good genetic translator.
5. Mitochondria Structure: Cristae, Matrix and Inner & Outer Membrane
If you want to make it through the day, you're going to need some energy. In this lesson, we'll learn about the organelle that supplies this energy, the mitochondrion, and why this cell structure appreciates the time you took to eat breakfast this morning!
6. Chloroplast Structure: Chlorophyll, Stroma, Thylakoid, and Grana
In this lesson, we'll explore the parts of the chloroplast, such as the thylakoids and stroma, that make a chloroplast the perfect place for conducting photosynthesis in plant cells.
7. How a Phospholipid Bilayer Is Both Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic
In this lesson, we will learn what gives phospholipids a dual personality. How can this molecule be both hydrophobic and hydrophilic, and why is this important to a cell?
8. The Fluid Mosaic Model of the Cell Membrane
In this lesson, we will discuss the components of the cell membrane and why the fluid mosaic model paints the best picture of its structure. We'll learn about the roles of the phospholipid bilayer, cholesterol, proteins and carbohydrates.
9. Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation
The cells in our bodies are in constant flux through the processes of osmosis and diffusion. Learn about how saturation levels force change, and why we're lucky they do.
10. Diffusion and Osmosis: Biology Lab
Molecules are always on the move thanks to kinetic energy. This energy makes diffusion and osmosis possible, two processes used by cells to maintain homeostasis. In this lab, we'll look how osmosis and diffusion work and what factors affect them.
11. Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn how substances are transported across the cell membrane against the concentration gradient. This might seem like an uphill battle for the cell, but all it takes is a little chemical energy and a few integral membrane proteins to kick off some active transport!
12. Endocytosis and Exocytosis Across the Cell Membrane
In this lesson, we'll discover how some cells can eat, drink, and digest their dinner through the process of endocytosis and a structure called the lysosome. In addition, we'll learn how a cell can throw out the leftovers across the cell membrane during exocytosis.
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- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 2: Chemistry of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 4: Cells & Energy
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 5: Cell Growth & Division
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 6: Meiosis & Mendel
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 7: Extending Mendelian Genetics
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 8: From DNA to Proteins
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 9: Frontiers of Biotechnology
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 10: Principles of Evolution
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 11: The Evolution of Populations
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 12: The History of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 13: Principles of Ecology
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 14: Interactions in Ecosystems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 15: The Biosphere
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 16: Human Impact on Ecosystems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 17: The Tree of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 18: Viruses & Prokaryotes
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 19: Protists & Fungi
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 20: Plant Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 21: Plant Structure & Function
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 22: Plant Growth, Reproduction & Response
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 23: Invertebrate Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 24: A Closer Look at Arthropods
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 25: Vertebrate Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 26: A Closer Look at Amniotes
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 27: Animal Behavior
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 28: Human Systems & Homeostasis
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 29: Nervous & Endocrine Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 30: Respiratory & Circulatory Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 31: Immune System & Disease
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 32: Digestive & Excretory Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 33: Protection, Support & Movement
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