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Relation of Volleyball to a Cell

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Relation of Volleyball to a Cell Cell Membrane Cell Membrane -- -A thin flexible layer that covers a cell’s surface and acts as a barrier between the inside of cell and the cell’s environment. The cell membrane allows the cell to change shape and controls movement in and out of the cell. It is the outer most layer of animal cells. The back row of a volleyball team is much like the cell membrane because it has to be flexible and acts as a barrier against the opposing team scoring points. Like the cell membrane being the outermost layer of an animal cell, the back row players are the defense players that are the farthers back on the court. The cell is allowed to change shape because of the cell membrane, and the team can only transition to new positions once the back row gets a good pass. The Cell Wall -- the cell wall gives support for to all of the cell's contents. It contains the shape of the cell, and acts like a protective barrier that maintains the cell's shape. It is only found in plant cells. Compared to volleyball, the closest thing to a cell wall are the boundary lines on the court. The boundary line lets the players know where to keep the ball in play and gives them direction on where to play the ball. When a ball from the other court comes over, the players to can look to the out lines for support to know if the ball is in or out, and whether or not to keep it in play -- much like how the cell wall controls the movement of what goes in and out of the cell. Ribosomes In a cell, the ribosomes are the site of protein synthesis. Ribosomes are packets of RNA and protein and play a large part in the process of protein synthesis. In order for cell division to be possible, a cell needs more protein and this is what happens inside the ribisomes so they are very important. The ribosomes of a cell are like the plays in a volleyball game. The plays are made on the sidelines where all of the coaching is produced. This is like the RNA and proteins produced inside the ribisomes. Just like ribisomes play a huge role in protein synthesis, plays play a large part in wining a game. In order to win, you need to have plays, and in order to produce protein synthesis, you need to have ribisomes. Chloroplasts Inside the chloroplasts is where photosynthesis occurs. Photosynthesis is the creation of glucose, or sugar, that is the plant's food. This is much like the producing of points to win a game. Chloroplasts are found only in plant cells and this is like how points are only produced when a team is able to get serves or create a play that causes the opposing team to lose the point. A team needs points to win, just like a plant needs food to survive. Endoplasmic Reticulum The endoplasmic reticulum is a system of membranes asisting in the production, processing, and transport of proteins and in the production of lipids. Basically, the endoplasmic reticulum is what helps transport materials throughout the cell. The ball is like the endoplasmic reticulum because it is what is constantly moving throughout the game. Like the E.R. is what transports the proteins and is the production of lipids, the ball is what moves from each side of the court during the game. Without the ball moving, there would be no points produced and the game would be at a stand-still. Mitochondria The mitochondria are small compartments partitioned by membranes found in complex cells. The main job of the mitochondria is to make energy, and provides the cell with energy to do everything. Cellular respiration occurs witin the mitochondria. SIDE NOTE: The mitochondria takes the glucose from the endoplasmic reticulum and creates ATP, which is energy; taking glucose and turning it into energy is called Cellular Respiration. The setter on a volleyball team is much like the mitochondria. The setter is who decides how the ball is going to go back to the other side of the court on basically every play, and provides the hitters with the ball to do so. This is like how mitochondria provide the cell with energy to do everything. The setter takes the ball and produces a set to one of the hitters, and this is like the Cellular Respiration of a cell. The team is producing a hit when the setter sets the ball, and the hitters hit the ball back to the other side of the court to maintain the play of the game or to receive a point.

Cytoplasm Cytoplasm is a jelly like filler that keeps organelles moving. All other organelles reside inside the cytoplasm and this is also where cellular metabolism occurs. It also transfers water in and out of the cell. Each side of the court are like the cytoplasm. Inside the cytoplasm is where all the organelles reside, and each side of the court is where all the players, plays are, and the points in the game take place. Nucleus The nucleus is a membrane organelle containing the cell's DNA, and basically the brain of the cell. The coach is the brain of the team and who trains the players. They set up the plays and decide what players to put on and take off the court. The coach is who contains all the "DNA" of the team, so it is like the nucleus that resides in the membrane and contains the DNA of the cell, as well as acts as brain of the cell. Nucleolus The nucleolus is a non-membrane bound structure composed of proteins and nucleic acids. Produces ribosomes needed for cell division. It produces ribisomes needed for cell division, also. Hitters are like the nucleolus. They are what provides the team with less chances of the other side getting the ball back in play and they what decides how the ball is going to travel back to the other side of the net (i.e. roll shot, hitting line, deep, or short), like the nucleolus provides ribosomes that are needed for cell division (getting another point/the ball back to serve) and the nucleolus is composed of proteins and nucleic acids like how the hitter hits the ball over the net. Golgi Bodies The Golgi bodies are a collection of folded membranes that store and transport proteins. The referee and line judges of the game are what the Golgi bodies would represent on a volleyball court. They are who judge if a certain team is going to get the point or the ball back on their court. They are also what judges if the ball is in or out, and ultimately who decides the fate of both teams. Like Golgi bodies transport and store proteins, refs and line judges are able to take away or give points to the team.
Lysosomes Lysosomes contain bacteria that is needed in digestion. They are comon in animal cells. These would be the blockers because they are in the front row, like lysosomes are common in animal cells and they are needed for bacteria digestion. In the case of volleyball, the bacteria needing to be digested would be the other teams play and the possibility for that team to score a point on a hit, so if the blockers block the ball, they are clearing away the bacteria. Vacuoles Vacuoles aid in digestion within the cell. They are large storage tanks for water, though larger in plant cells due to the amount to water needed for photosynthesis. Serves would be the vacuole equivalent in volleyball. This is because they help the team to score points, or aid in digestion in the cell. A serve is very importatn in volleyball because if it is a strong serve, it allows the team to get a lead in the game and get the team closer to winning, like how vacuoles store water for photosynthesis Serves become better as you practice and the higher level of volleyball you play because serves are very important to winning the game. This is like how vacuoles are larger in plant cells than animal because plants need more water for photosynthesis, which is very important to a plant's survival.
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