Egg Osmosis Egg Lab Report

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In this lab, the effects of osmosis on an egg without a shell will be observed; an egg will be submerged in water and then corn syrup. Osmosis, the process of water moving from a low concentrated area to an area of high concentration, is the main theme of this lab. The purpose of this experiment is to view the effects of an egg in a hypertonic state, hypotonic state, isotonic state and diffusion. Hypertonic is the movement of water leaving the egg to an area of higher concentration. When this occurs the egg becomes shriveled. Hypotonic is the process of water moving into the egg from the outside; the egg becomes swollen. Isotonic is when the water concentration is the same inside as is it on the outside. Diffusion is the movement of solute, a substance, from a high concentration to an area of low concentration. All of this is possible through the organelle known as the plasma membrane. The function of this …show more content…
Osmosis being the main theme of it all, but without the plasma membrane, none of this could happen. This experiment gives an idea as to what happens when a cell experiences both a hypotonic state and hypertonic state. A real world example of a hypotonic state is when a cactus stores/soak up water in order to survive in the desert biome. A good example of a hypertonic state is when grass becomes dry, the area surrounding it may full of water but the inside the grass it is barren. The experiment explained the processes of a hypertonic state, where the egg began to shrink due to the water leaving the egg as well as hypotonic where the water entered the egg. The lesson that can be taken away from this experiment is one where osmosis can be a fascinating process that is crucial to life. This experiment can be improved by the amount of data taken as previously stated before, there wasn’t enough data to fully understand osmosis and its

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