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How substances get in and out of cells

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How substances get in and out of cells

1 Containers X and Y each hold one litre of air. X also contains 0.4g of a gas and Y contains
0.6 g of the same gas. The two containers are connected together as shown in the diagram.
(a) Which way will the gas diffuse?
(b) After a long period of time, what will be the concentration of the gas (in grams per litre)
in each container?






2 The diagram represents (not to scale) molecules of a salt dissolved in the
bottom layer of water in a beaker. Make two similar diagrams to show the
distribution of salt molecules (a) after a few minutes, (b) after several hours.


3 When a cell is respiring aerobically, which two gases are likely to be
diffusing in and out of the cell, and in which direction will they be diffusing?

4 The graph shows the concentration of a
substance inside and outside a cell.
(a) If the substance is free to move by
diffusion, which way will it move
(i) inside the cell
(ii) between the cell and the medium
outside the cell?
(b) If, after some hours, the concentration
has not changed, what assumption
would you make about the movement
of the substance across the cell membrane?


5 (a) Which one of the following is the best definition of osmosis?
(i) The movement of water from a concentrated solution to a dilute solution across a
partially permeable membrane. .
(ii) The movement of a dissolved substance from a concentrated solution to a dilute
solution across a partially permeable membrane.
(iii) The movement of water from a dilute solution to a concentrated solution across a partially
permeable membrane.
(iv) The uptake of water by a living cell.
(b) Which of the statements is an acceptable description of diffusion?






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