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Scott Medical & Healthcare College

Students experiment with Beetroot!

This week, students have been investigating the effect of temperature on the permeability of beetroot cell membranes using a colorimeter.

Students were conducting an experiment to see if increasing the temperature of water, increased the permeability of the membrane. Higher temperatures should increase the permeability causing pigment to leak out into the water in the test tube. This means they can measure the concentration of pigment indirectly this using the colorimeter.

The students really enjoyed this experience and helps to put their theory into practise.