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Class 9 Science Chapter 5 Fundamental Unit of Life: Cell Study Notes

CBSE Class 9 Science Chapter 5 Fundamental Unit of Life: Cell NCERT Solution

Main topics covered in this part of CBSE Class 9 Science,  The Fundamental Unit of Life: Study Notes, are:

  • Definition of Cell
  • Shape and Size of Cell
  • Types of Cell
  • Structure of Cell
  • Cell Organelles
  • Difference Between Animal Cell and Plant Cell

Key notes for Chapter- The Fundamental Unit of Life, are:


It is the structural and functional unit of life.

  • Cell is termed as the structural unit of life as it provides structure to our body.
  • Cell is considered as the functional unit of life as all the functions of the body take place at cell level.

Discovery of cell:

  • Discovered by Robert Hooke in 1665.
  • Robert Brown in 1831 discovered the nucleus in the cell.

Cell Theory:

Cell theory states that:

  • All living organisms are composed of cells.
  • Cell is the fundamental unit of life.
  • All new cells come from pre-existing cells.

Types of Organisms on the Basis of Number of Cells
There are two kinds of organisms on the basis of cells:
(i) Unicellular Organisms: The organisms that are made up of single cell and may constitute a whole organism, are named as unicellular organisms.

For example: Amoeba, Paramecium, bacteria, etc.

(ii) Multicellular Organisms: The organisms which are composed of a collection of cells that assume function in a coordinated manner, with different cells specialized to perform particular tasks in the body, are named as multicellular organisms.

For example: Plants, human beings, animals, etc.

Shape and Size of Cells

  • Cells vary in shape and size. They may be oval, spherical, rectangular, spindle shaped, or totally irregular like the nerve cell.
  • The size of cell also varies in different organisms. Most of the cells are microscopic in size like red blood cells (RBC) while some cells are fairly large like nerve cells.

Types of Cells
The cells can be categorized in two types:
1. Prokaryotic Cell  2. Eukaryotic Cell

1. Prokaryotic cell
Prokaryotic cells are cells in which true nucleus is absent. They are primitive and incomplete cells. Prokaryotes are always unicellular organisms. For example, archaebacteria, bacteria, blue green algae are all prokaryotes.

2. Eukaryotic Cell
Eukaryobc cells are the cells in which true nucleus is present. They are advanced and complete cells. Eukaryotes include all living organisms (both unicellular and multicellular organisms) except bactera and blue green algae.

Structure of Cell
Cell is generally composed of three basic components:

(i) Cell wall  and cell membrane

(ii) Nucleus

(iii) Cytoplasm


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