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Revise How Diffusion Works

In this worksheet, students will revise the process of diffusion.

'Revise How Diffusion Works' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Chemistry: Pure and Impure Substances

Curriculum subtopic:   Diffusion: Particle Model

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Worksheet Overview

Diffusion is the spreading out of particles. It can occur across membranes, into and out of cells and between different regions. Some examples of where diffusion takes place almost constantly is in the lungs, in a leaf, in the root hair cells of a plant and in liver cells. 


root hair cell           the lungs                palisade cell in a leaf


It is the movement of particles down a concentration gradient, from a high concentration to a low concentration.


particles in solids, liquids and gases


Diffusion takes place in liquids and gases very readily. It doesn't take place in solids however. This is because the particles in a solid do not move very much - they just vibrate on the spot, so particles have no space to wriggle their way through a solid to diffuse. 


Can you speed up diffusion? 

The rate of diffusion can be affected by temperature. The higher the temperature, the more kinetic energy the particles will have, so they will move faster and mix more quickly. Similarly, the lower the temperature, the less kinetic energy the particles will have so diffusion will happen much slower.


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