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Unformatted text preview: General Biology Lecture 1: Chapter 4 - Organization of the Cell I. Cell A. smallest unit to carry out all activities associated with life (maintenance, growth, & division) B. Viruses are acellular because they cannot independently perform metabolic activities C. Cell Theory - provides consistent explanation for all verifiable data relating to living things 1. Cells are basic units of organization & function in all living organisms 2. All cells come from other cells. All living cells have evolved from a common ancestor II. Cell Organization & Size A. Relationship between cell organization & homeostasis- Cells have many organelles, internal conditions, & have to work constantly to restore & maintain these to enable their biochemical mechanisms to function. 1. homeostasis - appropriate internal environment 2. Plasma membrane- surrounds the cell- separates cell from external environment- allows exchange of materials with environment- allows chemical composition of cell to be different from that outside the cell B. Relationship between cell size & homeostasis 1. Measurement-(mm) millimeter = 1/1,000 of meter = 10-3 meter-( m) micrometer = 1/1,000,000 of meter = 10 -6 meter-(nm) nanometer = 1/1,000,000,000 of meter = 10-9 meter-(mm) millimeter = 1/1,000 of meter-( m) micrometer = 1/1,000 of millimeter-(nm) nanometer = 1/1,000 of micrometer 2. Surface to Volume Ratio-ratio of plasma membrane (surface area) to cell's volume-regulates passage of material into & out of cell-critical factor in determining cell size-as cell becomes larger, its volume increases at a greater rate than its surface area, decreasing surface-to-volume ratio-a long, thin cell increases ratio & allows it to be more efficient to carry out activities- microvilli, projections of plasma membrane, increase surface area for absorbing nutrients Ex . - Nerve cells need to communicate with each other; have long extensions Ex 2 . - Epithelial cells stacked on one another become "barrier cell" e.g. skin Ex. 3 . - Flagella allows sperm to "swim" III. Methods For Studying Cells A. Microscopes 1. Light microscopes - minimal resolution (max is 1,000X) a. Phase contrast light microscope - can be used to view stained or living cells, but at relatively low resolution 2. Electron microscope - superior resolution power & magnification, since electron beams have very short wavelengths a. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) - produces a high-resolution image that can be greatly magnified-looks for a specific reaction-electron beam passes through the specimen-resulting image is a thin cross section of the cell b. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) - provides a clear, 3-D view of surface features-Magnification - ratio of the size of the image seen to the actual size-Resolution - distinguishing of fine detail; minimum distance between 2 points that can be seen separately & clearly-If wavelength decreases, resolution increases B. Cell fractionation-purifies organelles to study function of cell structures...
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