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Prentice Hall Biology 1 Chapter 10 Cell Growth and Division Section Worksheet Questions and Answers (pages 241-252)

What are two reasons why cells divide rather than continue to grow indefinitely?

a. The larger a cell becomes, the more demands the cell places on its DNA.

b. The larger a cell becomes, the more trouble the cell has moving nutrients and wastes across the cell membranes.

As a cell increases in size, it usually makes extra copies of its DNA.


What determines the rate at which food and oxygen in a cell are used up and waste products produced.

The cell's volume

How can you obtain a cell's ratio of surface area to volume?

Divide the surface area by the volume.

If a cell's surface area is 6 cm cubed and its volume is 1 cm cubed, then what is its ratio of surface area to volume?

6/1 or 6:1

As a cell grows in size, its volume increases much more rapidly than its surface area.


What happens to a cell's ratio of surface area to volume as the cell's volume increases more rapidly than its surface area?

The ratio decreases

What is cell division?

the process by which a cell divides into tow new daughter cells

How does cell division solve the problem of increasing size?

cell division reduces cell volume

in eukaryotic cells, what are the two main stages of cell division?

mitosis & cytokinesis

When chromosomes become visible at the beginning of cell division, what does each chromosome consist of?

two identical sister chromatids

Each pair of chromatids is attached at an area called the...


The period of growth in between cell divisions is called...


What is the cell cycle?

The cell cycle is the series of events that cells go through as they grow and divide.

What are the names of the four phases of the cell cycle?

- G1 phase (cell growth)
- S phase (DNA replication)
- G2 phase (preparation for mitosis)
- M phase (cell division)

The division of the cell nucleus during the M phase of the cell is called...


Interphase is divided into what three phases?

a. G1
b. S
c. G2

What happens during the G1 phase?

Cells do most of their growing, increasing in size and synthesizing new proteins and organelles.

What happens during the S phase?

Chromosomes are replicated, and the synthesis of DNA molecules takes place. Also, key proteins associated with the chromosomes are synthesized.

What happens during the G2 phase?

Many of the organelles and molecules required for cell division are produced.

What are the four phases of mitosis?

a. Prophase
b. Metaphase
c. Anaphase
d. Telophase

What are the tiny structures located in the cytoplasm near the nuclear envelope at the beginning of prophase?


What is the spindle?

The spindle is a fanlike microtubule structure that helps separate the chromosomes.

What happens during Prophase?

The chromosomes become visible. The centrioles take up positions on opposite sides of the nucleus,

What happens during Metaphase?

The chromosomes line up across the center of the cell.

What happens during Anaphase?

The chromosomes move until they form two groups near the poles of the spindle.

What happens during Telophase?

A nuclear envelope re-forms around each cluster of chromosomes. The nucleolus becomes visible in each daughter nucleus.

What is cytokinesis?

the division of the cytoplasm itself.

How does cytokinesis occur in most animal cells?

The cell membrane is drawn inward until the cytoplasm is pinched into two nearly equal parts.

What forms midway between the divided nucleus during cytokinesis in plant cells?

the cell plate


part of eukaryotic cell division during which the cell nucleus divides


division of the cytoplasm during the cell division


granular material visible within the nucleus that consists of DNA tightly coiled around proteins


area where the chromatids of a chromosome are attached


period of the cell cycle between cell divisions

cell cycle

series of events that cells go through as they grow and divide


first and longest phase of mitosis during which the chromosomes become invisible and the centrioles separate and take up positions on the opposite side of the nucleus


one of two tiny structures located in the cytoplasm in animals cells near the nuclear envelope


fan-like microtubule structure that helps separate the chromosomes during mitosis


second phase of the mitosis during which the chromosomes line up across the center of the cell


the third phase of mitosis during which the chromosome pairs separate and move toward opposite poles


fourth and final phase of mitosis during which chromosomes begin to disappear into a tangle of dense material

What happens to the cells at the edges of an injury when a cut in the skin or a break in a bone occurs?

They are stimulated to divide rapidly.

What happens to the rapidly dividing cells when the healing process nears completion?

The rate of cell division slows down, controls on growth are restored, and everything returns to normal.

What do cyclins regulate?

Cyclins regulate the timing of the cell cycle in eukaryotic cells.

What are internal regulators?

They are proteins that respond to events inside the cell.

What is true about external regulators?

- They direct cells to speed up or slow down the cell cycle.
- They include growth factors.
- They prevent excessive cell growth and keep the tissues of the body from disrupting on another.

What is cancer>

a disorder in which some of the body's own cells lose the ability to control growth.

Cancer cells don't respond to signals that regulate...


Cancer cells form masses of cells called...


Cancer cells break loose and spread throughout the...


Cancer is a disease of the cell cycle.


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