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A chip in a bowl of salty water - will the water move into the chip, away from the chip or not move at all?

No matter what the specific situation is, it’s important to remember that water always moves from an area of low to high salt concentration, down the water potential gradient. So in this example, assuming the water has a higher concentration of salt than the chip, water in the chip will move out and into the water bowl. This would cause the chip to shrink!

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