In Chapter 3 of the Concepts of Biology text, we focus on cell structure and function in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of cells. Section 3.2 compares prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and identifies some basic differences between the two types of cells. Respond to the following two prompts relating to these two cell types:
- Compare and contrast the cell membrane structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. How does the cell membrane structure assist them in achieving biological function? (Note: this may require you looking into other sources online – simply reference your sources that contribute to your response by putting a link to the material in parentheses at the end of a factual statement. No formal citation required).
- Review section 3.5 and 3.6 regarding passive and active transport. Discuss TWO essential biological functions that prokaryotic organisms and eukaryotic organisms are able to perform using each type of transport. Are there ways in which the cell membrane of a prokaryotic organism or cell functions differently from a eukaryotic organisms using either of these methods of transport? You may need to look around into passive and active transport uses in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell membranes for this response. Same as the bullet above, just provide a link to any resources you use.