Students use slices of potatoes to investigate Osmosis: the movement of water into and out of the cells of the potato. This lab focuses on making careful observations and collecting data such as weight and length. Students use a control to study changes caused during the experiment .
• Osmosis is the movement of water through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution to a higher one.
• Not every substance can cross a partially permeable membrane.
• When there is net flow of water into or out of a cell, its turgor pressure changes.
• Water and other substances, get into and out of cells through osmosis and diffusion.
Potatoes, Knife, Salt, Cups or small dishes, Water, spoon or stirrer, Scale, Iodine (optional)
This lab takes about 30 mins, but with extensions can take longer.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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