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Imagine playing basketball with your friends on a hot summer day. By the end of the game, you feel thirsty. You decide to drink some water. But have you ever wondered how your body absorbs it? It happens because of osmosis. We will look at how osmosis happens and why it is important for our bodies. Before we jump into osmosis, we need to understand some important things about cells. The cells in our bodies are surrounded by a wall-like structure called a cell membrane. This membrane is special because only water and very small molecules can pass through it.
We use the word semipermeable to describe the ability to only let certain things pass through a membrane. Why is this membrane important? Osmosis is when water molecules travel from a place with low solute concentration to a place with high solute concentration. To understand this better, we need to talk about solutes and solvents.
A solute is a chemical that can dissolve in a solvent. Chemicals that can do this are called soluble. When you dissolve one or more solutes into a solvent, you get a solution. Sugar and salt are both chemicals that are soluble in water. You may have heard some products described as concentrated - like laundry detergent or orange juice. Concentrated refers to the amount of solute compared to the amount of solvent in a solution. When there is a lot of solute compared to solvent, a solution is said to be concentrated.
When there is a small amount of solute compared to solvent, then a solution is said to be dilute. Tap water is actually a solution! This is because tap water is not just H 2 O water. It also contains minerals like calcium. In tap water, water is the solvent and the minerals are the solutes. When solutions of different osmolarities are separated by a membrane that lets water but not solutes pass through, water will move from the side with lower osmolarity high concentration of water to the side with higher osmolarity lower concentration of water.
Moving water from place to place is what allows plants and animals to keep their levels of water and of nutrients in balance or equilibrium. In living things, all processes involved in maintaining conditions necessary for survival is called homeostasis. Organisms like to keep everything not too hot, not too cold, but just right! When you eat food or drink water, it travels from your mouth, down your esophagus and into your stomach. In the stomach, the food is broken into tiny pieces that are mixed with stomach liquids. This mush of food and stomach liquids is called chyme.
The chyme travels into the small intestine. This is where osmosis takes place. The chyme has a higher concentration than the epithelial cells that line your intestines. So, in order to reach homeostasis, water moves into these cells through their semipermeable membranes, taking small nutrients along with it. Near the epithelial cells are capillaries. The water and nutrients move through the cells of the capillaries and into the bloodstream.
About nine litres of fluid goes into your GI system each day and the small intestine absorbs 8 of those litres! Chyme passes from the stomach into the small intestines. Within the small intestine are folds of tissue called villi. Water passes through the epithelial cells on the villi and into capillaries which carry blood.
The water in your blood then travels to your kidneys. Kidneys are some of the most complex parts of the body, and they use osmosis as well. Kidneys are made up of two parts - the cortex and medulla.
The cortex is the outer part and the medulla is the inner part of the kidney. The kidneys are made up of groups of cells called renal pyramids. Each pyramid contains little units called nephrons. Nephrons look like a bunch of tubes connected to each other.
Nephrons are important because they help filter waste out of your blood and put it into your urine. The largest part of each nephron is inside the medulla.
The environment of the medulla has a higher osmolarity than the inside of the nephron. You know what that means - osmosis time! Water travels from inside the nephron tubes, through a semipermeable membrane, out into the medulla.
Eventually, concentrated urine is left in the nephron. The urine travels through the ureter to the bladder. So you can see that the kidneys have a vital role in your body. This is when doctors have to use dialysis to help. A dialysis machine also uses a semipermeable membrane. It works in a similar way to a nephron. Blood is pumped next to a membrane that has dialysis fluid on the other side. Because of osmosis, the water in the blood, and very small molecules of waste, move across the membrane into the dialysis fluid.
Eventually the dialysis fluid will remove all of the waste materials it can from the blood. Have you ever noticed how your fingers become wrinkly after sitting in the bath too long? You might think this is because osmosis is causing water to leave your finger cells and into the bath water. In the s, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Pickering noted that people with nerve damage in their fingers did not experience this wrinkling.
If your fingers only wrinkled because of osmosis, then nerve damage would not change it at all! Sympathetic nerves are a special type of nerves that help with vasoconstrictionwhich is the narrowing of the blood vessels. The nerves make the skin on our fingers wrinkle.
The wrinkles act like thre on tires. This allows us to get a better grip on things in water. Our ancestors may have benefited from wrinkly feet to good footing in wet areas. I admit, that was quite a bit of information! Diffusion: Supplying the cell.
BBC Bitesize Wxplains the three ways substances move around cells: diffusion, active transport, and of course osmosis! This video by the Amoeba Sisters min explains the importance of homeostasis in the human body, with examples of positive feedback and negative feedback. This video by Emma Bryce min details how kidneys balance the amount of fluid in your body, detect waste in your blood, and know when to release the vitamins, minerals, and hormones you need to stay alive.
Why Skin Wrinkles In Water Today I Found Out goes into more detail about the different theories there were about why this happens and how they were tested. Molnar, C. Reasoner, A. Teaching Osmosis and Diffusion through Kidney Dialysis. Thompson, V. Aqueous Solutions - Molarity. STEM in Context. Human kidney cross-section Mohammed Haneefa Nizamudeen, iStockphoto. TextImages. BiologyHealth. Harleen Saini. April 09, How does this align with my curriculum?
Course Grade Topic. SK Biology 30 12 Organization of Life. SK Health Science 20 11 Nutrition. Share on:. Learn how and where osmosis takes place in the digestive system and excretory system and the role of osmosis in kidney dialysis. Introduction Imagine playing basketball with your friends on a hot summer day. What is a semipermeable membrane? Does osmosis cause your fingers to wrinkle in water? Starting Points Connecting and Relating What clue tells you that your body needs water?
Do you have any products at home that are concentrated? Do you have to make the product more dilute before using it? Why or why not? Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment What are the advantages and benefits of selling a product that is concentrated?Talk to pass the hot day
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