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Ions cannot diffuse through a phospholipid bilayer because they are not able to dissolve in lipids, hence the phosphoLIPID bilayer . Also, since they have an electrical charge, they are repelled by the membrane.

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Because of the lipid bilayer formed to make a membrane. The core (hydrocarbon portion of lipids) of the membrane is hydrophobic, so this keeps polar molecules and ions from passing through the membrane easily.

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Plasma membrane is structured in such a way that there there are two hydrophobic surfaces that sandwich an inner hydrophobic layer. any hydrophobic molecule can easily pass through the plasma membrane. The polar molecule in order to pass through the membrane will have to overcome a high energy barrier, that is not permissible in nature.

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cause one is postively charged and the other is negatively charged

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The inside of a membrane is "hydrophobic" because of the hydrophobic fatty acid tails of the phospholipids.

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Because of their charged nature, ions cannot diffuse across a lipid bilayer.

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Because they are repelled by the nonpolar interior of the cell membrane.

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Q: Why cant polar molecules and ions diffuse across the cell membrane?
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In what way is a cell membrane selective?

very complicated question that is better addressed by a cell biology text but in general cell membrane itself is non-polar and allows small non-polar molecules through it also has protein that are built to selectively let in molecule based on commands from the body


What factors influence the passage of substances through living membranes?

One factor that influence the passage of substances through living membranes are size which small molecules pass faster than large. Others are the charge non polar are faster and concentration gradient molecules that move to regions of lower concentration.


How does the bilayer mambrane act as a barrier between two aqueous areas?

The bilipid membrane is essentially fat. It is non polar. The intracellular and extracellular fluid is made up of water and water soluable molecules which are polar. Since like dissolve like, the fluid isn't able to pass directly through the membrane. Instead molecules like ions go through selective channels. Other fat molecules like steroids and alcohol can pass straight through the membrane because thet are also nonpolar. To be more specific, the fat molecules basically merge into the membrane and reform as they


How do molecules diffuse?

Movement of solutes across a lipid bilayer plasma membrane can occur in many ways:1. Osmosis: diffusion of water across membranes to balance solute concentrations.- No energy req- Water passes through membrane via aquaporins, pores in the membrane permeable only to water.2. Simple diffusion: diffusion of only small, hydrophobic (nonpolar) molecules across a membrane down their concentration gradient.- No energy req- Only moves small nonpolar molecules down their concentration gradient3. Facilitated diffusion (passive transport): uses transmembrane protein transporters (channels and carriers) to move polar molecules (ions) across a membrane- No energy required- Channel proteins: Allow for rapid diffusion of specific ions down their concentration gradient- Can be activated by:- Voltage- Ligand- Mechanical force- Carrier proteins: Allow for selective diffusion of specific ions down their concentration gradient.- Uniport carriers: only transport one specific ion down its concentration gradient- Symport carriers: move two different types of ions in the same direction.- Antiport carriers: moves two different ions in opposite directions-Can use the energy created moving one molecule down its concentration gradient to move an ion against its concentration gradient- Carrier proteins exhibit saturation, competition, and specificity.4. Active transport: transport of solutes across a membrane against their concentration gradient.- ATP req- Uses carrier proteins- Leads to creation of potential energy stored in electrochemical gradients


What kind of molecule is Cl2 polar or non polar?

Halogen molecules are not polar.

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What are 2 substances that diffuse freely across a cell membrane?

CO2, H2O, and O2 can all diffuse across a cell membrane. Also, small polar molecules (uncharged) and hydrocarbons easily diffuse across.


What large molecules need help getting across cell membrane?

In general, molecules that cannot diffuse across the cell membrane are either very large, such as starches and fats, or very polar.


What can diffuse directly across the plasma membrane of a eukaryote cell?

Most small non polar molecules can diffuse across the membrane. Water is polar but diffuses across the cell through aquaporins. There are also proteins that actively transport substances across the cell membrane such as ions (ex.The Na/K pump). It can get a little confusing. I tried to be as simple as possible. I don't know if this is what you were looking for.


Which substances readily diffuse through the membrane?

Small and non-polar molecules can readily pass through the cell membrane. They follow the concentration gradient, moving from the higher concentration area to the region of lower concentration.


Molecules that can diffuse across the membrane?

This depends entirely on the membrane permeability.


Facilitated diffusion moves large molecules through what?

Glucose and polypeptides.


What is an example for selectively premeable?

The phospholipid bilayer that composes the cell membrane is an example of a selectively permeable membrane. It only lets through small, non-polar molecules.


What is the functions to the cell membrane?

The Cell membrane contains the insides of the cell. The membrane is also selectively permeable, allowing nonpolar molecules to simply diffuse into the cells, such as lipids, steroid based hormones, CO2, etc. It also allows small polar molecules to diffuse through, such as H2O.


Why are Polar molecules unable to go across unless?

they pass through channels in the cell membrane.


Why are fat soluble molecules the only molecules that permeate across a cell membrane?

Because small non polar molecules are the ones able to cross due to the fact that the membrane consists of a phospholipid bilayer where the middle is composed on non polar tails


Definition of facilitated?

Facilitated diffusion (or facilitated transport) is a process of diffusion, a form of passive transport. Polar molecules and charged ions are dissolved in water but they can not diffuse freely across cell membranes due to the hydrophobic nature of the lipids that make up the lipid bilayers. Only small nonpolar molecules, such as oxygen can easily diffuse across the plasma membrane. All polar molecules should be transported across membranes by proteins that form transmembrane channels. These channels are gated so they can open and close, thus regulating the flow of ions or small polar molecules. Larger molecules are transported by transmembrane carrier proteins, such as permeases that change their conformation as the molecules are carried through, for example glucose or amino acids.


Why do oxygen molecules easily diffuse across a cell membrane while glucose molecules do not?

Oxygen molecules are small and nonpolar, which allows them to easily pass through the hydrophobic lipid bilayer of the cell membrane via simple diffusion. Glucose molecules, on the other hand, are larger and polar, making it more difficult for them to move through the nonpolar interior of the lipid bilayer. They require specific transport proteins or channels to facilitate their movement across the membrane.