• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To Investigate the Effect of Osmosis on Equal Length Potatoes

Extracts from this document...


To Investigate the Effect of Osmosis on Equal Length Potatoes Aim The aim of this experiment is to measure the loss of sugar (sucrose) from potatoes, which have been affected by Osmosis. In this experiment, I have Dependent and Independent variables. My dependent variables will be; * Type of potatoes * Mass of potatoes * Length of potatoes * Time left in Sucrose solution My Independent variable will be; * Molar amount Background Information Osmosis is the net movement of water across a selectively permeable membrane driven by a difference in solute concentrations on the two sides of the membrane. A selectively permeable membrane is one that allows unrestricted passage of water, but not solute molecules or ions. Different concentrations of solute molecules lead to different concentrations of free water molecules on either side of the membrane. On the side of the membrane with higher free water concentration (i.e. a lower concentration of solute), more water molecules will strike the pores in the membrane in a give interval of time. More strikes equates to more molecules passing through the pores, which in turn results in net diffusion of water from the compartment with high concentration of free water to that with low concentration of free water. ...read more.


* Measure the end results carefully. Fair Testing is also very important in this experiment; I shall do the following to make the experiment and testing fair; * Keep all the potatoes the same length at the beginning * Keep the varying Molars accurate * Reset the mass scale each time a new potato is weighed * Use the same distilled water * Use the same sucrose * Use the same type of potato. Method First of all, I shall get 5 test tubes and put them in 1 test tube holder. After that is done I will put varying concentration of sucrose in each test tube going from 0M to 1M. I shall get the varying molars by mixing the sucrose with distilled water. After this, I shall get 5 cylindrical potatoes and cut them into equal lengths of 4cm. Once I have done this, I will measure each potato and make sure their mass seems right. Next, I will drop each potato into each potato at the same time exactly and then start the stop clock for 25 minutes. Now I wait. Once the 25 minutes is up, I take each potato out the test tube and measure its new mass. ...read more.


My Method went perfectly according to plan as I did exactly everything I mentioned. One of the main problems in the evidence I got, was that I only did the experiment for 25 minutes instead of 30minutes as I kept running behind schedule. When it comes to my fair testing, that went overall according to plan, except that not all the potatoes were exactly 4cm, as some were 3.9cm and others were 4.1cm. The reason this happened is because it was extremely difficult to measure the cylindrical potatoes and get them exact. Overall I believe my experiment went according to plan and I also believe my evidence and results were good. When it comes to things I could improve, I could repeat each experiment 3 times again but for 30 minutes and see if my results would be any different. Also I could try as hard as I can to get every potato piece at 4.00cm on the dot. Conclusion In conclusion of this experiment, I have learnt a lot of background information on Osmosis and I have also learnt that Osmosis can occur in potatoes as I hope my investigation has proven. The final thing I have learnt is that as the concentration of Sucrose increases, the percentage change of the mass of the potatoes decrease and vice versa. Final Conclusion In my final conclusion of Osmosis, I have learnt a great deal about Sucrose, potatoes and Osmosis. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Exchange, Transport & Reproduction section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Exchange, Transport & Reproduction essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Biology coursework planning - the effect of lead chloride on the growth of cress ...

    5 star(s)

    The results illustrate that the most effective distribution in planting the cress seeds is by using a grid 1 where one seed is placed at each corner of the squares making up the grid. The results show this because the greatest average length of shoot of cress seeds is found

  2. Marked by a teacher

    What is Type 1 diabetes

    3 star(s)

    Possible ECG (electrocardiogram). Weight. Measuring the waistline. Discussion of exercise habits. Smoking. Long-term prospects Both types of diabetes have the risk of complications. These include acute and late-stage complications. Acute complications Low glucose level, caused by treatment with insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs.

  1. Investigation on Osmosis using a potato.

    large potato * Calliper - to measure the length and radius of each potato cylinder * Test tube rack * 11 test tubes. * Tissues- to wipe off any excess water off of the potato cylinders. 2. Use the cork borer to bore the core of the large potato.

  2. Investigating Water Potential Of Potatoes.

    PRELIMINARY WORK In order to do my final method I had to find out how much of every thing I had to use. In order to know this I had to do some preliminary work so that my final method would be a fair test and that I was using the right measurements and amounts of every thing.

  1. Osmosis In Potatoes.

    To begin, we used 15mls of Glucose solution- this was the amount needed to cover one piece of potato. The first thing we needed to observe, was how different concentrations affected the weight and length of the potato. We therefore needed to observe each end of the spectrum.

  2. Design an experiment to investigate the effect of temperature on the movement of a ...

    This means that the oxygen atom is more negative, whereas the hydrogen atom in the bond is more positive. Therefore the oxygen and hydrogen attract because they have opposite charges, causing a hydrogen bond. Hydrogen bonds are very weak, however if there are lots of them they can have a significant effect, as in the secondary structure of proteins.

  1. The Effect of Sucrose Concentration on Osmosis.

    Surface area also effects osmosis. If a cell has a larger surface area, the rate of osmosis will change due to the fact that osmosis will have to take place in more areas. This is why surface area must be controlled. Another factor that could affect osmosis is temperature.

  2. Osmosis in potatoes.

    Plasmolysis and Turgidity. Aim: - to investigate how different concentrations of sucrose (sugar) affect potato chips. As in most tests there are variables that can be changed to vary the outcome of the experiment. The variables for this test are: o Length/width or size of chip - if the chip

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work