Directions: For this assignment you will be reading three short articles about the kidney. Focus your attention on the big picture: the overall function of kidneys in helping us to maintain water balance and excrete waste. Once you have finished reading the articles, you should answer the questions that follow.
- Outline the ways in which we take in and lose water.
- Explain what the kidneys do.
- Explain what is meant by “water balance” in the blood.
- Describe four factors that affect blood plasma concentration.
- Briefly outline how the kidneys are controlled.