Osmosis is a simple, but highly effective process that is happening all the time inside us and around us. It is vital process which would make it exceedingly difficult for living things to thrive without. The basic concept involves the movement of solvent molecules in a solution and a membrane (soft barrier). Osmosis is the process of balancing the number of solvent molecules across this membrane. Given enough time, the number of molecules will balance on each side of this membrane. The movement of the molecules from a high concentration to the lower concentration is called osmosis. This is how plants and human body cells take in water. When we sit in a bathtub and our fingers get wrinkled, you guessed it, osmosis is the culprit. The skin in our fingers absorbs the water and gets expanded and bloated, leading to wrinkles.
This worksheet collection looks at this process in detail and we explore the applications of reverse osmosis. Students will explore all types of natural movement of particles. We will take a deep dive into solution science and the nature of dissolved particles and solvents. We will also look at how this process relates and functions in animal and plant cells.