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Cell Analogy to Computer
Transcript of Cell Analogy to Computer
Hi everyone. Welcome to our cell analogy: comparing parts of a cell to parts of a computer.
The nucleus is the heart of the cell and the headquarters for all the processes and functions of the cell. The nucleus functions like the CPU of the computer. The CPU runs the functions of the computer and communicates to other parts of the computer.
The cytoplasm is the liquidy plasm that organelles float in. It keeps organelles stable and contributes to its survival. The closest comparison of the cytoplasm is the fans that regulate the heat in the computer. Without the fans, the computer would overheat and the computer would not be able to run.
Cores of CPU/Ribosomes
The ribosomes are in charge of protein synthesis and the creation of genetic material for the cell. Ribosomes are like the cores of the CPU. The cores of the CPU run multiple instructions from the CPU, just like the ribosomes follow instructions from the nucleus
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Andrew Hariri and Henry Hongo
Around the nucleus is the endoplasmic reticulum. The ER is like the motherboard circuits. It channels information and electricity for computers like the ER channels food and resources for the cell
Motherboard Circuits/Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER)
Next, the golgi apparatus organizes, sorts through, and ships off proteins. This is like the graphics card, which sends out specialized information to be projected on the monitor of the computer
Graphics Data/Golgi Apparatus
Chloroplasts also generate energy from solar energy through photosynthesis. If this was possible on a computer, this would be an external solar panel that would plug into the USB and turn solar energy into electricity.
External Solar Panel/Chloroplasts
Computer Case/Cell Wall
The cell membrane is the thin semi-permeable membrane that surrounds the cell. The computer case is similar to the cell membrane because it has little holes allow air movement in and out of the computer.
Computer Case (holes)/Cell Membrane
In the center of the nucleus, the nucleolus manufactures ribosomes from a set of coded instructions. The nucleolus is like the operating system of the computer. With the operating system, you can create and run new software to run the computer more efficiently.
CPU Pins/Nuclear Envelope
Surrounding the nucleus is the nuclear envelope, which allows info to be passed in and out of the nucleus. The nuclear envelope functions like CPU pins. The CPU pins connect the CPU to other parts on the motherboard, and therefore is like the key to communication from the nucleus.
Lysosomes degrade protein, lipids, and carbohydrates into small molecules to be used as energy and food for the cell. Just as power supply converts electricity from an outlet to power for the computer, lysosomes are the power supply for the cell.
Another power supply is the mitochondria. The mitochondria produces energy in the chemical form of ATP through cell respiration.
Vacuoles are the storage of the cell. They are like the hard drive, which stores all information and data for the computer.
Next, there is the cytoskeleton which is the framework or “skeleton of the cell. The cytoskeleton is like the motherboard which is the framework that keeps every component secure and makes sure they work with one another.
Computer Chips/Microfilaments and Microtubules
Microfilaments and microtubules are the two protein filaments that make up the cytoskeleton. They are like the computer chips placed on the motherboard, which help with channeling electricity and making parts fit on the motherboard.
The cell wall holds, protects, and shapes everything in a cell membrane. The cell wall is also like a computer case, because it holds and protects all the components inside it.
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