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Ch 9: Urinary System: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Urinary System chapter of this College Anatomy & Physiology Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the urinary system. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the parts and functions of the urinary system required in a typical college anatomy & physiology course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other anatomy & physiology work.
  • Identify the urinary system concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our college anatomy & physiology tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the urinary system and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the major divisions and structures of the kidneys, the glomerular filtration rate or any other urinary system topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their biology learning
  • Prefer learning biology visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their urinary system unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in anatomy & physiology
  • Don't have access to their biology teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about the urinary system simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live anatomy & physiology tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about the urinary system on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the gross anatomy of the urinary system.
  • Name the major divisions and structures of the kidneys.
  • Explain how blood is supplied to the kidneys.
  • Describe the structures and functions of the nephron.
  • Discuss the supportive structures of the nephron and their functions.
  • Understand the forces that influence the glomerular filtration rate.
  • Describe the functions of the renal tubule.
  • Learn the function of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS).
  • Explain how the kidneys regulate water balance.
  • Understand how the kidneys regulate acid-base balance.
  • Discuss how kidney function is affected by kidney and metabolic disease.

12 Lessons in Chapter 9: Urinary System: Tutoring Solution
Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

1. Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

Our body must detoxify and cleanse itself to thrive. That is why we depend so heavily on our liver and urinary system. In this lesson, we'll explore how toxins are filtered by our organs and how urine is formed and expelled with the nephron, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

The Kidney: Major Divisions & Structures

2. The Kidney: Major Divisions & Structures

Learn about the major layers of the kidneys, like the renal cortex and renal medulla. Find out about the inner parts of the kidneys, including the renal papilla, renal pelvis, renal pyramid, and renal hilum.

Blood Supply of the Kidneys

3. Blood Supply of the Kidneys

Follow the blood supply of the kidneys through the aorta and into the renal artery, then delve deeper into the blood supply as we look into the arcuate artery, interlobar artery, and interlobular artery. Finally, we will find out the function of the renal vein.

The Nephron: The Glomerulus's Major Structures and Functions

4. The Nephron: The Glomerulus's Major Structures and Functions

Together, the glomerulus and Bowman's capsule make up the renal corpuscle of the nephron. These parts of the nephron filter blood and are vital to our body's survival. In this lesson, you'll explore the major corpuscular structures and their functions.

Supportive Structures of the Nephron: Functions and Definitions

5. Supportive Structures of the Nephron: Functions and Definitions

In this lesson, you'll learn about the supportive structures of the nephron, including the juxtaglomerular apparatus, juxtaglomerular cells, macula densa, and mesangial cells. You'll also explore enzymes and hormones like renin and erythropoietin and learn why they are so important to the body.

What is the Glomerular Filtration Rate? - Definition, Function & Terms

6. What is the Glomerular Filtration Rate? - Definition, Function & Terms

Forces known as hydrostatic pressure and oncotic pressure help to increase and decrease your glomerular filtration rate. Find out what the GFR is and how these forces influence it.

The Renal Tubule: Definition, Function & Terms

7. The Renal Tubule: Definition, Function & Terms

Renal tubules are essential structures in the kidneys. This lesson explores the function of the renal tubule and its parts, including the proximal and distal convoluted tubules, the loop of Henle, and the collecting duct. Learn how these components work together to absorb materials and form urine.

Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS): Pathway, Functions & Terms

8. Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS): Pathway, Functions & Terms

The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is one of the most complex and important systems in controlling the blood pressure in your body. As we go over this system, you'll also learn about the many hormones involved in the control of your body's glomerular filtration rate and blood pressure.

How the Kidneys Regulate Water Balance

9. How the Kidneys Regulate Water Balance

Water balance is essential to our health and survival. This lesson explores how the kidneys regulate water balance with special cells known as osmoreceptors and a process called osmoregulation. You'll also learn how this process relates to a rare form of diabetes known as diabetes insipidus.

How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance

10. How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance

Find out how your kidneys keep you alive by excreting acids and bases in conditions like respiratory acidosis, metabolic alkalosis, metabolic acidosis, and respiratory alkalosis.

How Kidney and Metabolic Disease Affect Kidney Function

11. How Kidney and Metabolic Disease Affect Kidney Function

This lesson explores chronic kidney disease and the metabolic disorders that affect kidney function. We'll delve into diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and glomerulonephritis and learn what your urine can tell you about your health.

What is Urethritis? - Definition, Symptoms  & Treatment

12. What is Urethritis? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, we will explore the definition of urethritis as well as the symptoms, causes, and treatment of this uncomfortable condition. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows the lesson.

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