Study objectives

• Describe the function of each component of the plasma membrane

• Understand the physiological importance of the permeability barrier created by the plasma membrane

• Describe the factors that affect diffusion

• Explain how osmosis takes place

• Understand the clinical significance of the osmotic pressures of solutions

• Describe the factors that affect mediated transport

• Compare and contrast facilitated diffusion and active transport

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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