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Ch 13: Cell Biology Fundamentals

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Refresh your understanding of the basics of cell biology using these short lessons. This material can help you prepare for exams, assist you with classwork, or help you build a body of knowledge to satisfy your personal interest.

Cell Biology Fundamentals - Chapter Summary

Examine plant and animal life at its most basic level by studying these lessons on the structure and components of cells. You will find out how materials pass into and out of a cell, learn more about the structures involved in cell metabolism and investigate the structures that distinguish plant cells from animal cells.

This comprehensive and powerful study guide features lessons that, despite their brevity, are packed with valuable and interesting information. Presented by instructors who are acknowledged experts in their respective fields, they hold your interest while providing you with well-researched material. Lesson quizzes and a chapter test enable you to measure your progress and retention, and the Dashboard helps you stay on track. In these lessons, you will learn more about the following:

  • Overview of diffusion, osmosis and saturation, active and passive transport
  • Endocytosis vs. exocytosis
  • Components and structure of a cell nucleus
  • Structure, location and function of ribosomes
  • Functions of the endomembrane system
  • Parts and structure of the cytoskeleton
  • Overview of mitochondria structure
  • Plant cells: cell walls, central vacuoles and chloroplasts

11 Lessons in Chapter 13: Cell Biology Fundamentals
Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation

1. 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.

Passive Transport in Cells: Simple and Facilitated Diffusion & Osmosis

2. Passive Transport in Cells: Simple and Facilitated Diffusion & Osmosis

A cell membrane is selectively permeable - not permeable to everything. In this lesson, we'll talk about methods of passive transport along a concentration gradient, including simple and facilitated diffusion and osmosis.

Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples

3. 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!

Endocytosis and Exocytosis Across the Cell Membrane

4. 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.

Structure of the Nucleus: Nucleolus, Nuclear Membrane, and Nuclear Pores

5. 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.

The Ribosome: Structure, Function and Location

6. 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.

The Endomembrane System: Functions & Components

7. The Endomembrane System: Functions & Components

In this lesson, we'll learn about the endomembrane system, which consists of the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. This system is important in making, packaging, and shipping all sorts of goodies for the cell to use!

The Cytoskeleton: Microtubules and Microfilaments

8. 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.

Mitochondria Structure: Cristae, Matrix and Inner & Outer Membrane

9. 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!

Chloroplast Structure: Chlorophyll, Stroma, Thylakoid, and Grana

10. 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.

Plant Cell Structures: The Cell Wall and Central Vacuole

11. Plant Cell Structures: The Cell Wall and Central Vacuole

In this lesson, we'll talk about some of the things that make plant cells so different from our cells. In addition to being mean, green photosynthesizing machines, plant cells have cell walls and central vacuoles to make them unique!

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