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Membranes and transport

This course is a part of AP®︎ Biology, a 38-course Topic series from Khan Academy.

How do the cells in your body define their boundaries (and control what comes in or goes out)? As it turns out, cells have a sophisticated and flexible barrier, the plasma membrane, and a wide array of strategies for transporting molecules in and out. Learn more about what the membrane's made of and how different types of molecules move across it.

This course contains 5 segments:

The plasma membrane

Learn about the amazing and versatile barrier that surrounds all of your cells: the plasma membrane!

Diffusion and osmosis

Ever wonder why plants wilt if you don't water them? Find out here, and learn more about the basic principles of probability that underlie movement of water and other molecules in biological systems.

Passive transport

Sometimes it pays to go with the flow! Learn about passive transport mechanisms, in which molecules travel across the plasma membrane by moving down their concentration gradients (no energy expenditure required).

Active transport

In active transport, the cell has to pay (often, in the form of ATP) to move molecules against their gradients. Learn more about the amazing protein machines that make this possible.

Bulk transport

Macrophages (specialized immune cells) in your body can "eat" bacteria, pulling them into the cell and digesting them. Learn how they accomplish this feat, and how cells transport other large molecules across the plasma membrane.

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