How can I distinguish between animal and plant cells easily?I have a test coming up and I have been studying but my memory is bad. I was just wondering if there is an easy way to remmeber all the...

How can I distinguish between animal and plant cells easily?

I have a test coming up and I have been studying but my memory is bad.

I was just wondering if there is an easy way to remmeber all the animal & plant cells for the upcoming test and quiz I know a few like cell wall in plant and cell membrane in animals also nucleus in both.

But the big ones like ER or proxisome or even chloroplast mh please help?.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Parts that both have in common include: cell membrane, nucleus, nucleolus, ribosomes, golgi apparatus, cytoplasm, peroxisomes, vacuoles, endoplasmic reticulum. However, there are organelles particular to plant cells. The cell wall which is non-living and protects the plant cell and provides a structural framework on the outside of the cell is one organelle found in plants, not animals. Also, the chloroplasts which contain the pigment chlorophyll which allows plant cells to absorb sunlight and carry out photosynthesis are unique to plant cells. The vacuoles in plant cells are very large and can store materials such as water. Animal cells have an organelle called the centriole which aids it during mitotic cell division. Plant cells do not have the centriole. The vacuoles are much smaller in animal cells. If you memorize the parts unique to either plant or animal cells and remember that all the other parts can be found in both, it may simplify things.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Plant cells have a cell wall whereas animal cells do not. 

Plant cells have a chloroplast whereas animal cells do not.

Plant cells are distinctly larger then animal cells.

Plant cells also have a larger vacuole then animal cells.

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skiazo | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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plants have chloroplasts, food storage granules etc

animal cells have mitochondria for respiration, some have rhibosomes that make them moveable.

as lame as it sounds you might find it easier to remember if you make a rap or a little song about them or maybe an acronym. i find those quite good ways to remember my science 

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