Cell Membrane Analogies


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What is the cell membrane?

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1. In a classroom, the doors and windows only let certain things in and out. This is analogous to an important property of the cell membrane. Which property of the cell membrane does this?

2. Which of the following analogies represent the fluidity of the cell membrane?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An analogy is a comparison between two things that have characteristics that are alike in some way. You can use these resources to check your ability to analyze analogies used to describe the cell membrane.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Information reviewed includes:

  • The property of cell membrane explained through the analogy of traffic in and out of a classroom
  • Why cell membrane is called 'mosaic' by scientists
  • How the fluidity of the cell membrane can be represented

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the function of the cell membrane
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read analogies related to the cell membrane and interpret them accurately
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding what characteristic of the cell membrane is represented by the outer covering of a water balloon

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Cell Membrane Analogies can help you learn more about the cell membrane. The objectives covered include:

  • Review a depiction of the cell membrane
  • Distinguish between the animal cell membrane and bacteria cell membrane
  • Understand the composition of the cell membrane