“Why are cells so small?” Pre-lab

“Why are cells so small?” Pre-lab
Cube Size
Surface Area
Simple Ratio
Depth of
3 cm
2 cm
1 cm
.01 cm
1. What are 3 physical properties that can effect the rate at which
things diffuse?
2. What is the driving force behind any diffusion?
3. Where do living cells get there food and water?
4. Approximately, how big is one cell?
Cells So Small Lab Questions
How do you know that NaOH diffused into the agar
Is the depth diffused the same or different for each
cube? So, does one diffuse faster than another?
Make two columns, label one “Size of Cubes” & the
other “Ratio”
In the first column, list the agar cubes in order of size from
largest to smallest (3cm – 1cm). Then in the second column,
list the cubes in order of the cube SA:Vol ratio, from largest to
What can you say about size of the cube compared to
its ratio?
What happens to the surface area to volume ratio as
cubes get bigger?
Are cells bigger, the same as or smaller than, the .1
cm cube?
How do cells get their food and water?
Explain why cells remain small regardless of the size
of the organism.

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