The Cell Analogy Assignment by malj


									              The Cell Analogy Assignment
All of the living organisms on Earth are divided in small units called cells. Each
cell in and organism has a specific purpose and function. Inside cells there are
smaller things such as proteins and organelles. Cells are small compartments
that hold all of the biological equipment necessary to keep an organism alive.

A cell can be compared to other complex systems. When this is done it is called
an analogy.

a‧nal‧o‧gy [uh-nal-uh-jee] –noun, plural -gies.
1.   a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based: the
     analogy between the heart and a pump.

Analogies are often used to help explain scientific concepts. This assignment
requires you to think of something that is analogous to a cell and create a
diagram or blueprint to represent it.

One example of a cell analogy could be a FACTORY.

Organelle                        Function                         Corresponding factory part

Vacuole                          Stores food and water            Storage tanks

Chromosomes                      Carries genetic material (DNA    Blueprint for factory

Cell membrane                    Controls what comes in and       Security for power plant
                                 out of the cell

Cell wall                        Supports and adds structure      Outer walls
                                 to the cell

Endoplasmic Reticulum            Canals for transporting          Roads where trucks can drive
                                 materials throughout the cell

Nucleus                          Control center for the cell      Central office
      A requirement for this assignment is to create a table describing your diagram.
      Fill in the following diagram to include the cell organelle, its function in a cell and
      the part of the analogy that has an analogous function.

Organelle             Function                   Corresponding part in your analogy and why

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