Chapter Review - Diffusion and Osmosis

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What do you Know?

1. Label the three images below as isotonic/ hypertonic/ hypotonic (with regard to the solution the cell is placed in)


2. Movement across the cell membrane that does not require energy is called [ active / passive ] transport.

3. The cell membrane is composed of proteins embedded in a [ phospholipid / molecular ] bilayer.

4. If there is a concentration gradient, substances will move from an area of high concentration to an area of [ equal / low ] concentration.

5. The cell membrane is [ selectively permeable / impermeable ].

6. [ Equilibrium / Diffusion ] is the simplest type of passive transport.

7. The diffusion of water through a selectively permeable membrane is called [ osmosis / diffusion ].

8. The direction of water movement across the cell membrane depends on the concentration of free water[ molecules / solutions ].

9. A solution that causes a cell to swell is called a [ hypertonic / hypotonic ] solution.

10. Organelles that collect excess water inside the cell and force water out are called
[ diffusion organelles / contractile vacuoles ]

11. The process of taking material into the cell by infolding the cell membrane is called [ endocytosis / exocytosis ]

12. In [ facilitated / molecular ] diffusion, membrane proteins help molecules across the membrane.

13. In diffusion, molecules [ spread out / condense ]

14. The lipid bilayer describes [ a type of transport / the cell membrane ]

15. Facilitated diffusion moves substances down their concentration gradient [ with / without ] using the cell's energy.


1. Know the parts of a solution (Solvent and solute)

2. Label a cell membrane (bilayer, proteins)

3. Explain what will happen to cells when placed in isotonic, hypertonic, and hypotonic solutions.



4. Know the definition of:

Facilitated diffusion

5. Explain what happens when you place a bag full of starch (solution) into a solution of iodine.

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More Resources on Diffusion and Osmosis

Movement of Molecules Across Membranes

Quizlet: Cell Transport

Amoeba Sisters - Osmosis

Observing Osmosis - use an egg, vinegar, corn syrup, will take a few days