Endoplasmic reticulum

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When you look around at the world, you can see many examples that demonstrate how an object’s or a system’s structure relates to its function. The structure of a highway system, for example, can affect traffic flow. You can, no doubt, think of many other examples.

Your text describes the difference between the organelles in a eukaryotic cell and the simpler structure of a prokaryotic cell as an analogy between the chief executive officer’s (CEO’s) corner office and a cubicle. Organelles are like appliances or pieces of furniture that perform specific functions. You can use analogies to describe the structure and function of these organelles as well. For example, a chloroplast is like a solar panel in that it converts light energy to a more usable form. The alignment of chloroplasts in a leaf is similar to the alignment of a solar array, and so on.

Choose 1 organelle from the following list, and use an analogy to explain its function:

  • Nucleus
  • Golgi
  • Lysosome
  • Mitochondria
  • Chloroplast
  • Endoplasmic reticulum

Based on the analogy you created, describe the most significant differences between your organelle and the object you compared it to. If you compared the chloroplast to a solar panel, you might discuss how the chloroplast not only converts sunlight energy into chemical energy, but also how it stores that energy long term in the carbon-to-carbon bonds of sugar molecules. One of the great drawbacks to solar panels is the lack of an efficient storage system.

Use the following guidelines for your paper:

  • Utilize at least 1 credible source to support the descriptions presented in the paper. Make sure you cite appropriately within your paper and list the reference(s) in APA format on your Reference page.
  • Your paper should be 2–3 paragraphs in length, not counting the Title page and Reference page. In accordance with APA formatting requirements, it should be double-spaced and include a running head and page numbers.