Water Potential Problems
Water Potential ( )
Water potential of pure water in an open container is 0.
Water will flow from an area of higher water potential to an area of lower water potential.
Question: Which way will the water flow? Into the cell or out of the cell? Answer: Water will flow into the cell. Explanation: Water will continue to flow in both directions. However, more water will be entering the cell. So the NET MOVEMENT of water will be INTO the cell. Water will flow from an area of higher water potential to an area of lower water potential (from = -0. 5 to = -2. 5). This will continue until dynamic equilibrium is reached. = -2. 5 = -0. 5
Addition of solutes = a more negative solute potential. S < 0
In an open container or in an animal cell, the pressure potential will be 0. P = 0
In turgid plant cells, the cell wall can exert positive pressure. P > 0
Solute Potential ( S)
i = ionization constant • For sucrose, i = 1 because sucrose does not ionize in water. • For Na. Cl, i = 2 because Na. Cl ionizes when it dissolves and becomes one Na+ and one Cl- ion in an aqueous solution. 1 ion + 1 ion = 2 ions
Question: For Mg. Cl 2, what would i be? Answer: i = 3 Explanation: Mg would ionize into 3 ions if dissolved in water: one Mg 2+ ion and two Clions.
C is the molar concentration of the solution. Moles Solute Molarity = Volume of Solution M = moles L
R is the pressure constant. • Always will be 0. 0831 L bars / mole K
T = temperature in Kelvin • Kelvin is the temperature in degrees Celsius + 273. Question: Room temperature is about 20°C. What would this be in Kelvin? Answer: 20 + 273 = 293 K
Example: If a cell’s P = 3 bars and S = -4. 5 bars, what is the resulting ? = P + S Answer: = 3 bars + (-4. 5 bars) = -1. 5 bars
Question: A cell with a = -1. 5 bars is placed in a beaker with a solution of = -4 bars. Will water flow into or out of the cell? Answer: Water will flow out of the cell from an area of higher water potential (-1. 5 bars) to an area of lower water potential (-4 bars).
Question: What is the of a 0. 1 M solution of sucrose in at open container at 20°C? Answer: -2. 4 bars Explanation: S = -i. CRT L bar S = -(1)(0. 1 mole )(0. 0831 )(293 K) L mole· K S = -2. 4 bars = P + S = 0 + (-2. 4 bars) = -2. 4 bars = P + S S = -i. CRT =?