Thursday, February 23, 2017

Semipermeable Phospholipid Bilayer Membrane 3d Model

This lab offered an interesting perspective on semipermeable membranes as it provided us with a visual example of the bonds between the phosphate groups along with a visual example of the protein that is embedded in multiple phosphate groups. The first step in the production of the semipermeable membrane was the idea of creating a few different phosphate groups which were visually represented by the different colored zometool sticks. Each phosphate group was assigned a certain color and that color stayed consistent throughout the entirety of that particular phosphate. The next step was the connection of the different phosphate groups through the glycerol fatty acids. Once the different phosphate groups were connected the protein was embedded and connected into the membrane.

In terms of using the description words and how they applied to today's activity, the idea of connecting and organizing the phosphate groups was certainly a characteristic of today's exercise. Along with connecting and organizing, imagination was also a very key characteristic of today's exercise as it took us a good fifteen minutes or so to be able to conceptually visualize what the semipermeable membrane would look like upon creation. Once we were able to visualize what it would look like, it certainly took a fair amount of planning, talking and reasoning to physically connect the phosphate groups together. Lastly, the words that were most commonly used in today’s lab were certainly the words, organizing, communicating and connecting. These words all relate back to the idea of what a semipermeable membrane is in the first place; through the bonds and connections and organization of the phosphate groups, which make up the membrane, the proteins embed themselves into this membrane in seemingly random pattern however, at the base of it there is a highly complex level of organization.       

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