Ch 6: Cell Structure & Differentiation

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you can prepare for a future test by reviewing the basics of cell structure, in addition to common lab techniques. Use these video lessons and quizzes to discover more about cell types, specialization and differentiation, as well as microscopy and magnification.

Cell Structure & Differentiation - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the topics of cell function and structure found in plant and animal cells. Discover more about organelles in cells and what purpose they serve. You'll also learn about the related functions of cell specialization and differentiation.

As you continue on in the chapter, microscopes and how scientists use them in lab situations will be discussed in detail. The concepts of magnification and generation time will also be introduced, as well as how to grow bacteria in a lab. After you've reviewed this chapter, you should understand the:

  • Difference between a prokaryote and a eukaryote
  • Three primary types of plant cells
  • Ways microscopy is used and why
  • Tools used to magnify small objects
  • Best ways to culture bacteria in a lab setting
  • Relationship between population numbers and generation time when culturing bacteria

Use our professionally-designed video lessons and quizzes to learn more about a new topic or refresh your knowledge of something you've learned before. Once you've reviewed a video, take the accompanying quiz to test yourself on how well you've understood the material. If you need to re-watch just a part of a video, the video tab featured in the Timeline allows you to skip directly to the section you want to review.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Cell Structure & Differentiation
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Prokaryotes & Eukaryotes: Definition & Examples

1. Prokaryotes & Eukaryotes: Definition & Examples

Every living organism can be categorized as either a prokaryote or a eukaryote. There are many different examples of both types of organisms. Learn about prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and test your knowledge by answering the quiz questions.

Organelles in Cells: Definition & Functions

2. Organelles in Cells: Definition & Functions

This lesson will focus on the major organelles that are found inside of eukaryotic cells. It will discuss their structures and functions. The differences in organelles found in plant and animal cells will also be covered.

Eukaryotic Plant Cells: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

3. Eukaryotic Plant Cells: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Discover the defining characteristics of eukaryotic plant cells and learn about the three primary categories of plant cells: sclerenchyma, collenchyma and parenchyma cells.

Specialized Cells: Types & Functions

4. Specialized Cells: Types & Functions

Our bodies are made up of cells, but they are not all the same. Cells are specialized according to their functions. In this lesson, we'll learn about cell specialization and see examples of specialized cells.

What Is Cell Differentiation? - Process, Importance & Examples

5. What Is Cell Differentiation? - Process, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how your cells become specialized. This specialization of cells allows them to perform different functions and create different parts of your body.

Microscopy Types & Applications

6. Microscopy Types & Applications

What is microscopy and how do we use it? Learn about the different types of microscopes and the ways we use them for practical purposes. Take a quiz and see what you've learned

Magnification: Definition, Formula, Calculation & Examples

7. Magnification: Definition, Formula, Calculation & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore what magnification means as well as some of the many tools that enable you to magnify small objects. We'll also consider how to calculate the total magnification of an object and how its magnified size relates to its actual size.

Growing Bacteria in a Lab: Experiments & Conditions

8. Growing Bacteria in a Lab: Experiments & Conditions

Despite the fact that bacteria are growing all around you, they can be surprisingly difficult to grow in a lab. This lesson will explore some of the basics involved in culturing bacteria for experimentation.

What Is Bacterial Growth & Generation Time? - Curves, Phases & Stages

9. What Is Bacterial Growth & Generation Time? - Curves, Phases & Stages

Bacteria are able to reproduce at an incredibly rapid pace. In this lesson, we will examine the different phases of bacterial growth and how to calculate population numbers based on generation times and culture size.

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