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6.4 - Gas Echange

6.4 - Gas Echange

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IB Biology notes on gas exchange
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 Gas Exchange
6.4.1 - Distinguish between ventilation, gas exchange and cell respiration Ventilation
 The pumping mechanism that moves air in and out of the lungs efficiently, thereby maintaining the concentration gradient for diffusion.
Gas Exchange
 The exchange of gases between an organism and its surroundings, including the uptake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide in animals and plants.
Cell Respiration
 The controlled release of energy in the form of ATP from organic compounds in cells. It is a continuous process in all cells.
6.4.2 - Explain the need for a ventilation system
The ventilation system is needed to maintain a
high concentration gradient in the alveoli
. Given that humans have such high demand for oxygen, it needs to be able to be delivered to all their cells in order to support respiration. The
lungs are the respiratory surfaces
 used for gas exchange. The action of ventilation brings air down into the lungs for exchange. Without it, the lungs would be useless, as no air would be able to reach their surface. The concentration gradient in the alveoli is maintained using
 blood flow
. Oxygen (O
) enters the lungs, diffuses across, and enters the bloodstream. Carbon dioxide (CO
) leaves the blood. The concentration of oxygen on one side is kept high, while the concentration of carbon dioxide remains low.
6.4.3 - Describe the features of alveoli that adapt themselves to gas exchange
The alveoli have a
large total surface area
, which increases the amount of gas that can be diffused across at any given time. This is the result of their spherical shape.
They form a
thin layer of flattened cells
, which allows for close association with the capillaries and a shorter distance for diffusion into the bloodstream. The wall of alveoli is only one cell thick. The alveoli are surrounded by a
 dense capillary network
. These then carry the oxygen in the blood to the pulmonary vein to be taken to the heart. They have a
film of moisture
 for the solutions of gases. The oxygen is able to dissolve in the lipoprotein-based lubricating film.
6.4.4 - Draw and label a diagram of the ventilation system, including trachea, lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli

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