# 6A: Passive and Facilitated Diffusion

Skills to Develop

- define flux (J) of solute (A) across a membrane;
- write mathematical relationship that show how flux J depends on the concentration gradient of solute across the membrane (dA/dx) and also on the difference of solute concentration across the membrane (ΔA) for passive diffusion;
- differentiate between passive diffusion, facilitated diffusion mediated by a receptor transporter, and active transport
- write chemical equations which show the physical steps in the process of passive and facilitated diffusion
- derive a mathematical equation and graphs which shows the dependencies of flux J as a function of Aout and AR for facilitated diffusion assuming rapid equilibrium binding of ;
- differentiate between carrier proteins, permeases or transport proteins on one hand and channels on the other;

This chapter will discuss diffusion processes. First, diffusion equations will be derived for cases not involving a binding receptor. The equation will show the rate of diffusion of a solute across a membrane from a region of high concentration to a region of low concentration (\(Δμ < 0\)) is a linear function of \([ΔL]\) across the membrane. Next we will derive equations for receptor-mediated diffusion across a membrane - *facilitated diffusion*. We will deal with the situation when the solute must be transported up a concentration gradient (which requires ATP as an exogenous source of energy), a process called *active transport*.